I’m a registered psychotherapist with 11 years of professional practice. I’ve worked in both residential and day treatment programs for youth, and now I’m in full-time private practice. While I now offer mainly “talk” therapy, my bachelor’s and master’s training in music therapy keep my work playful and arts-friendly.
I work with youth, adults and families (about half of my clients are youth). I specialize in BPD (recognizing that there is a great deal of ableism in the term borderline personality), suicidal urges, self-harm, difficulties with school attendance, addictions-related goals, autism/ADHD-in-neurotypical-spaces, developmental trauma, complex trauma (including spiritualized trauma) and compound grief. I’m also a generalist and see clients from most avenues of life.
I bring a number of lived experiences into my work as a therapist. As a queer woman and as someone who lives with a mental health disability, I have some ideas about what it can mean to try to heal in a heteronormative and ableist world. As a Latinx adoptee and prospective adoptive parent, I have lived or witnessed in my loved ones many of the complexities, losses and resiliencies that impact various people touched by adoption and attachment trauma: birth families, adoptive families and adoptees. I also bring a lot of privilege into my work, as a cis white middle-class settler. So I will definitely screw it up sometimes! But I am committed to anti-racism, trans allyship, neurodiversity and anti-poverty. This means getting back on the allyship horse over and over again, and not letting mistakes be an excuse to stop working at it.
The main model I use in my work is dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). It’s a mindfulness-based approach that can help you to gain insight about what’s going on in your body and in your life, and what the links might be between some of these things. This insight can help you to bring kindness and acceptance to your reality just as it is (losses, adversities, oppressions and all). The paradox is that this accepting stance can be the thing that help you to shape and change your reality into one that you find to be safer, more just, more fulfilling and more sustainable for you and the world.
Some of my youth clients have told me that I’ve got their back, that I hear them and that I’m a bit of a weirdo (compliment, I swear). Many of my adult clients have told me that they appreciate my casual, transparent and at times irreverent style, which I have to credit my youth clients for teaching me over the years! Clients of all ages have told me they appreciate my ability to “be there” with them in their places of incomprehensible suffering. I think this might be something about how I embody the dialectic of lament versus radical acceptance: It’s been so important for me to embrace these “both at once” in my work, communities and in my personal history.
Services and Fees
I offer sessions weekly or biweekly. I charge $130 per session, and I pay for any of the tax. Included at no extra cost to my weekly clients are between-session DBT phone coaching calls. I offer sessions at the Healing Collective on Tuesdays, starting as early as 7:45am and going as late as 8:45pm. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation, for us both to see whether we might be a good fit together. If a parent or other support person is helping you to vet potential therapists, good on you for delegating! I’m happy to talk to whichever or both of you if you prefer, and you can call me together or separately.