Your Fight is My Fight
I am queer and trans therapist committed to providing affirming psychotherapy and sex therapy. I believe that therapy can serve many different roles for folks. It can be a place to grow, to heal, to transform, to learn, to create, to share, and to feel held. This moment in time is full of uncertainty and fear, it is ok to want the support of deep connections with others.
My approach is connected to the stories that we tell about ourselves and the way we think about ourselves. What part of your story do you want to change? How can we support your vision of the world you want to live in?
My practice is rooted in a social justice frame and a belief that symptoms of psychopathology are most often related to the experience of living with oppression and discrimination, not an internal failing. By seeing and naming the experience of oppression we create more space for healing and growth.
In my practice I see my role as sitting beside you, seeing the world through your eyes, and then the two of us figuring out together what you want to change and how we can make it happen. Sometimes when we share our stories in a safe and non-judgmental space we learn things we never knew. I think that this experience can help us identify the things that we need to get unstuck, to heal, to move on, to relax, to trust, to focus, feel hopeful, to feel satisfied, or to be our authentic selves.
I am co-author of the book Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support and co-trainer for the post-graduate certificate program Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities offered through Widener University. I’ve presented at regional and national conferences including the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Trans Wellness Conference (Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference), True Colors Conference, Gender Conference East, Modern Sex Therapy, as well as Arcadia University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Smith College, Widener University, and Bryn Mawr College.
I have been practicing for ten years as a Licensed Clinical Social worker on the land of the Lenni Lenape people (the Philadelphia area) providing individual and relationship counseling, sex therapy, consultation, and training. I earned my Masters in Social Work and Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University.
My work is rooted in a social justice frame and my clinical approach is influenced by intersectionality, transfeminism, relational, narrative, and trauma informed therapies. I find narrative, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness tools useful for my work with clients. What this means for you is that I will hold a safe (as possible) space for us to help you figure out what’s going on, how it feels, and what you need to move through it or sit with it. I am also a trained sex therapist and bring those skills into all of the work that I do (I believe all therapy is sex therapy, our sexuality is an important part of our lives that is often overlooked or ignored).