I work primarily through harm reduction, contemporary psychodynamic, and trauma-informed approaches:
Psychodynamic theory and intervention recognizes that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences inform one’s thoughts and actions. This expansive approach of talk therapy supports the unfolding of how early and current relationships impact one’s sense of self and wellbeing for longterm relief. This means that I approach counseling with the touchstone that one’s individual history and experiences show up in counseling with me.
Trauma-informed care is a collaborative, empowerment focused approach. Trauma can happen repeatedly, or on a single occasion. Most adults have a history of at least one traumatic event causing their way of sense of safety in the world to be compromised or diminished. Treating treating trauma often means practicing coping skills, and integrating trauma history into one’s life story.
Harm reduction therapy meets people ‘where they’re at.’ It is a social justice principle focused on reducing shame and helping people make changes they are determined to make. This might mean finding ways to engage in behaviors in safer ways, or stopping use of a substance, thoughts, or behaviors.
I also use mindfulness, behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions, among others. Addressing systems of power and oppression is part of my work, and I aim to be sensitive to how your cultural identities and lifestyle inform your experiences and values. I am sex-positive, gender-affirming, and size neutral.