The field of psychotherapy is informed by various theoretical orientations & types of practice. I work primarily through harm reduction, contemporary psychodynamic, and trauma-informed approaches:
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 all together.
Psychodynamic theory and psychotherapy intervention recognizes that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences inform one’s way of showing up in the world. This expansive approach of talk therapy unfolds 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 inform how we make sense of you through ways we relate to one another in the therapy relationship.
Trauma-informed care is a collaborative, empowerment focused approach that focuses on the individual’s sense of safety and trust building in psychotherapeutic relationship. Addressing systems of power and oppression is part of my work. I aim to be attentive to how cultural identities and lifestyle inform experiences & values. I am sex-positive, gender-affirming, and size neutral.
Trauma can happen repeatedly, or on a single occasion; and most adults have a history of at least one traumatic event causing their sense of safety in the world to be compromised or diminished. Treating trauma often means practicing coping skills, and integrating survivorship into one’s life story.
I also use mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions, among others.
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