As a gender fluid, fat acceptance therapist, I believe health, especially mental health, is achievable at any size. I believe that people are influenced by their biological dispositions, life experiences, relationships to others, and personal core values. My approach to counseling is trauma-informed and person-centered. I utilize aspects of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), artistic interventions, career counseling, narrative therapy, and grief counseling.
I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Bushnell University. I have experience primarily working with adult individuals that face a variety of issues, including relational problems, grief, psychosis, depression, and anxiety. This experience includes working with a broad range of clients; people of all ages, varying socio-economic statuses, as well as culturally diverse populations. In undergraduate, I served as a DBT group facilitator through a private practice, as direct care staff at a local residential treatment facility, and in a school setting with children and adolescents. During graduate school, I gained experience working through the University clinic, as well as through the local community college. After graduating, I have been working for a community mental health agency. I have undergone Diving into DBT skills training through the Portland DBT institute.
My approach to living life is through serving society/the universe and pursuing balance. For self-care, I spend my time being active with my dog