Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical / Pronouns: They/Them
I understand that reaching out for help is a big step, and I seek to first and foremost create a space where each individual feels seen and heard. I have witnessed therapy transform people’s lives and I strive to foster an environment where you can feel comfortable and safe to explore and be vulnerable. I believe that therapy is a collaborative effort to work towards your goals and to make the most of our time together.
I work with children as young as 8 years old, adolescents, adults up to age 65, and families. My background is primarily in working with survivors of acute or complex trauma, and I also treat individuals managing diagnoses of mental illness such as anxiety and depression, as well as LGBTQI+ adults and children. Providing LGBTQI-affirming care is deeply important to me, and I am committed to meeting every individual as they are, as well as continually practicing through a lens of intersectionality and compassion. Navigating the world as a queer person can be complex and sometimes difficult, and I strive to integrate my experiences in the queer community with the latest research and development of clinical work and process. I also have experience working with individuals living alternative lifestyles, including non-monogamy and BDSM.
Prior to joining GBCC, I worked exclusively with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and this remains a specialty and passion of mine. Recovering from trauma is a long process which requires a great deal of trust and vulnerability, and I seek to build therapeutic relationships in which you feel comfortable going at your own pace and prioritizing strategies to help you live your best life now.
I work with an integrative approach, utilizing modalities including mindfulness and meditation therapies, somatic and movement work, sand tray therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and more. I believe in strengths-based assessment, where instead of focusing on “symptoms”, we recognize how you have adapted to survive given your experience and history, and how some of those things may be impacting your life differently now.
I am a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and have been working with therapy clients since 2014. Prior to GBCC, I worked at Hopeworks of Howard County, in child welfare and foster care at Good Shepherd Services and MENTOR Maryland, and at the non-profit TurnAround in Baltimore City.