Phone: 724-777-1433 Extension: 19
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Gender Identity & Sexuality
Relationship Identity (& Various Relationship Types)
Eating Disorders (BED)
Trauma & PTSD
United Healthcare / Optum
(Actively working on credentialing with Aetna)
Who I Help
You are SO damn tired of playing "the pronoun game" or pretending your other partner is your roommate (they're not). Just once, you want to walk into a room without a question in your mind about whether or not you will be judged. You're exhausted from waiting to see how others will react. You've never been able to FULLY dive into therapy because there's a whole bucket of shit that you don't think anyone would understand. Holding onto the shame is suffocating you, and you just want to find some relief. You want to feel like you are truly thriving in this life instead of merely surviving your way through it.
If this sounds like what goes on in your head and you really FELT that--you're probably someone who I help.
I'm a LGBTQIA+ and relationship affirming therapist. I'm also affirming of the kink/fetish community. While I love working with a variety of concerns and individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, I especially love working with the LGBTQIA+ community and those in ENM/Poly/Open/non-traditional relationships (or those interested in exploring them).
LGBTQIA+ related concerns, gender identity, sexuality, ENM/non-traditional relationship types, disordered eating (especially binge eating disorder), relationship issues, and trauma + PTSD are all in my wheelhouse.
I also work with folks struggling with adult ADHD, codependency, depression, interpersonal violence, grief, infertility, infidelity, family conflict, men's issues, and life transitions.
What Can you Expect?
I want you to REALLY show up here, and I know how hard that is--so I try and do the same.
I pull from personal experiences when I work with folks who are ENM/Poly/non-traditional and incorporate the nuances and complexities of these relationships. I am Level 2 Gottman trained, and I work with these relationships like a family unit. Because of both personal and professional experience, we can tackle common issues that come up more often in non-traditional relationships.
I treat trauma as a hybrid model, pulling from attachment theory, family systems, and psychoeducation about the biological ramifications of trauma on the brain and body. We have all gone through experiences where our body and brain have created automatic responses to help us navigate them--some that are positive, and some that are... well, maybe not so positive. Together, we can also identify and tackle the toxic shame that often accompanies trauma so that you can start thriving in this life instead of merely surviving.
Our families are the first experiences we have with relationships and shape our worldview. This is where we have learned how to handle conflict (or straight up avoid it), what our role was within the family, and how we deal with emotions (or just straight up avoid them, too). I take the approach that it wasn't anyone's "fault"--our family was doing what they knew how to do, the best they knew how. (And listen, before you even go there--I'm not saying it makes it okay. But sometimes exploring it through that lens makes it hurt a little less, and reduces the amount of shit that you are carrying around that impacts you more than you may realize.)
I treat BED (binge eating disorder) through a trauma lens and take a HAES (health at every size) approach. I am validating of the experiences that people with BED have in their lives.
There is no judgement here (for real). Bring ALL your shit.
Let me just be blunt... I swear, I laugh, I have tattoos, and I always have my emotional support water bottle with me. While I do pull from my formal training and various approaches, therapy with me often doesn't feel like traditional "therapy". If you feel like we may be a good fit, reach out and let's get started!
When I'm not at Open Space CCW, you may also find me...
Lounging on the couch with my 3 dogs, cross-stitching, making art, watching true crime and Unsolved Mysteries reruns, and hiking in the woods.
Call us, send us a message via our contact form below, or email us to get started.