I believe we each have within us the innate ability to heal. Whether trying to make sense of life-long patterns, recover from event-specific or developmental trauma, or learn new coping skills, therapy can help access healing strengths. When meeting with me, you will receive support that is friendly, knowledgeable, respectful, and down to earth. I listen closely to each client’s needs, providing a place to process, while also recommending activities and interventions that can be helpful in between sessions.
Previous to completing my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and working in the field as a therapist, my background was in community organizing and survivor support. I was a co-founder of the Women and Transgender Health Resource Center in Asheville NC (2002-2004), co-founder of the trans and gender variant inclusive Girls Rock Camp in Athens OH (2010-2015), and worked at a Survivor Advocacy Program supporting sexual assault survivors during forensic exams and beyond (2012-2015).
Along with my traditional training, I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE). I assist at SE trainings and am approved as an SE session provider for Beginning and Intermediate SE students.
Somatic Experiencing is a type of talk therapy that connects what is happening in our thoughts with physiological fight/flight/freeze responses. Steeped in an understanding of how mammals in the wild recover from life-threatening events, Somatic Experiencing is a highly effective modality in processing trauma patterns and restoring equilibrium. Because Somatic Experiencing is primarily focused on the physiological responses, stressful or traumatic events with similar responses can be renegotiated gently, without having to remember or relive the specific details of the event/s.