Finding a therapist can be hard.
For people whose identities are often misunderstood in the mental health field, the task of finding the right therapist can be draining, vulnerable, and re-traumatizing. I get it. As a trans and queer person, I've been there, too.
Throughout my life I've been working to identify the stories we are told about ourselves and who these stories serve. The unfortunate consequence of this journey has been recognizing how many problematic stories there are and how incredibly steeped in oppression they tend to be. In the process of rewriting my own story, I developed a passion for helping others do the same.
For the past eleven years, I've been doing this work in a variety of settings, including summer camps, non-profits, schools, and therapeutic treatment centers. For the past 5 years, my primary focus has been working with kids ages two to seven years diagnosed with autism. Developing relationships has always been my favorite part of this work, right alongside with removing total responsibility for change from the kids themselves. In working with families, schools, communities, and beyond, my goal is to make the world a better place for everyone with non-normative and marginalized experiences. Through my graduate school internship, I began the process of transferring these same philosophies to working with trans, gender variant, and questioning youth and adults. It was a natural fit for me, and has inspired me to continue doing this work across the age, ability, and gender spectrums.
My personal and professional interests closely intertwine. Outside of my work, I'm often in the woods hiking or camping, reading about social justice, trans history, and radical Buddhism, going to drag shows, and spending time with my partner and our two tiny pups.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2010) - Warren Wilson College
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2018) - Prescott College