I work with a broad range of concerns, which include but are not limited to trauma, couples work, abuse, relationships, identity exploration, grief, anxiety, depression and stress.
I work with all populations, but I have received specialised training in working with couples, the LGBT community, neurodivergent folks and people who are disabled or experiencing chronic illness.
I use a narrative, strengths-based approach to therapy and deeply believe that ’the person is not the problem’. This means that we’ll also be exploring coping skills, strengths and hopes of my clients in our conversations. Narrative therapy is also political, because it explores the ways in which oppressive systems contribute to our problems.
I also use an trauma-focused approach called Internal Family Systems, which holds that we each have ‘parts’ of ourselves which interact with eachother. Parts work involves developing a deeper understanding of parts of ourselves. It is, in part the process of developing compassion and curiosity toward these parts.
Finally, I also bring a relational framework to the therapy spaces where I explore the relationship between myself and the client and frequently check-in with my clients about the dynamic between us.
I use these approaches with couples and individuals both. For my couples sessions, I also draw from the work of Gottman and Esther Perel.
As someone who is queer myself, I strive to make the therapeutic space safe for other members of the LGBT+ community. The word ‘queer affirmative’ has become a bit of a buzzword in mental health circles, but when I say I am an affirmative practitioner, here are some things you can expect from our sessions together - I don’t assume people’s gender or sexuality and recognise them as fluid, evolving constructs.
Beyond condemning queer-negativity, I actively support and even celebrate my client’s Queerness and am often curious about how it may interact with their other identities and experiences. I recognise that queer peoples mental health is affected by harmful normative systems and take note of any current socio-political issues which are affecting the Queer community. The Queer community is diverse and not monolithic, so I am committed to continuing to learn and grow as a queer affirmative professional.
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