As a queer identified clinician who has undergone my own eating disorder treatment and recovery, I have deep faith in the power of the psychotherapy process to facilitate movement towards greater peace and freedom in an embodied life. The majority of my clients are living with gender dysphoria and/or pursuing recovery from an eating disorder.
I tend to work from a CBT perspective, highlighting the power of attending to one’s thoughts, feelings and somatic experience in the present moment without judgment, and the value of finding a balance between change and acceptance. I encourage my clients to be active and engaged in the change process; I ask a lot of my clients, and expect them to ask a lot of me! I also often work with folks on exploring the ways in which structural oppression related to their sexual orientation, gender expression or race is causing distress, both directly and in its internalized forms.
Particularly when working with transgender and gender non-conforming clients, I frequently collaborate with other treatment professionals, including endocrinologists, general practitioners and psychiatric medication prescribers to coordinate care. I operate on an informed consent basis when it comes to supporting folks seeking hormone replacement therapy. I am available to provide documentation of gender affirmation for insurance companies or other medical professionals when required.
In terms of my educational background, I studied Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, and received my M.S.W. from the Smith College School of Social Work in 2008; I’m almost a decade in, and I’m still learning.