A key component of the therapeutic relationship is in client-centered therapy called unconditional positive regard. Essentially, it's a fancy way of saying with my clients I hold a nonjudgemental, accepting space and work to integrate the strengths already within.
Therapy is a space to try out new ideas and new experiences. If something does not sit well with you, say it and let the therapist know. Therapy is a unique space created for YOU to do the work, and it can take a long time to find someone who is a good match to support that process. Don't be shy to engage with your therapist by asking about their education, trainings, and approaches.
I am passionate about and committed to embodied intersectional liberation from an integrative, embodied and anti-oppressive systems perspective as well as decolonizing mental health through empowering queer, neurodiverse and highly sensitive individuals, couples and groups. I am inspired by Sonya Renee Taylor 's book, The Body is Not An Apology. In it, she shares the importance of radical self-love: "Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injures the relationship we have with our bodies (and minds.) Depression, bipolar disorders and other examples of neurodivergence are stigmatized because we are unwilling to extend the same care and treatment to our brains that we afford our bodies. Our tendency to divorce our brains from our bodies is one of the sneaky ways in which body shame thrives. Re-integrating our brains in our bodies is a necessity for a radical self love."-S.R.T
Artists' mental health
Borderline Personality Disorder
Race & Cultural Identity
Young Adults (18-24)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma-Informed Surf Therapy (2020)
Registered Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200) (2016)
Re-Evaluation Counseling (2016-2018)
Embodiment Facilitator Training (2016-2017)
CA, AMFT, 115268
Masters in Integrative Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies
Bachelors in Psychology + Health Minor at College of Charleston
My experience includes working within the medical and county systems, providing integrative expressive art therapy to teen and adults at the hospital, youth shelter, and adult penitentiary.