Gender Therapist & LGBTQ Specialist
Helping people live authentically is something that I have loved doing all my life. When a person discovers who they are that makes them the happiest through therapy, I feel like we have done good work together. In the both the past and present, my experience includes treating clients with severe depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, as well as over six years of experience working with children and adolescents.
I am passionate about working with the LGBTQIA community, particularly people who are transgender and queer. My clients say they like my compassionate, yet direct style. I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) currently in pursuit of my WPATH GEI certification and follow their standards of care. I also support the model of informed consent when working with the transgender community.
I am also a public speaker and educator on topics about the LGBTQIA community and gender identity. I have spoken at and am a committee member of THEA, (Transgender Health and Education Alliance) and I am a speaker at Gender Odyssey and The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference in 2018.
As a client, you will find that I use a compassionate approach that recognizes your authenticity and is often direct yet empathetic. Together, we will come to understand your individual values and hopes for your life. We will use those values to guide the positive changes you want to see in your life. Achieving personal goals are important to my clients. We will find incremental steps to achieve those goals. My clients often need and want to process difficult feelings and emotions and our sessions are a safe space to do that. I use a combination of solution focuses therapy, mindful self-compassion, cognitive behavioral therapy and existential therapy as well as other techniques to help you become your authentic you. I also practice from a secular, non-religious perspective while still being able to honor your personal belief systems.
Education: University of Georgia, Master’s in Social Work – Georgia State University B.S. Psychology
Memberships: World Professional Association of Transgender Health, Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, LGBTQ Therapist Resource Center, The Secular Therapists Network
Licenses: LCSW in Georgia, LISW-CP in South Carolina