Living in a world where being different can be dangerous, it makes sense that we are only authentically ourselves with those we trust the most. However, if we hide parts of ourselves away in an effort to protect them from the outside world, they won’t ever get the chance to grow and evolve.
As someone who grew up in a very small, very Catholic town in the rural south, I quickly learned that my queerness and neurodivergence were parts of myself that I needed to protect. No one there understood how extensive ADHD can be and being queer was considered a mortal sin. I grew up feeling trapped, constricted, and lonely. It’s hard to feel loved when no one truly knows you. As I grew older, I realized that I needed more, wanted more, deserved more than a life lived solely for the comfort of those around me. It was at that point that I began my own self-work. That initial period of growth and openness was an arduous and exhausting part of my life but it was also incredibly rewarding. I learned that living authentically was not just about the way I showed up in my daily life but about practicing a deeper sense of honesty with myself as well. Therapy was an invaluable asset to me during that time of self-discovery and I knew that I wanted to offer that kind of support to others. Don’t get me wrong, growing out of what used to protect you can be an excruciating journey, but it can get easier with time, guidance, and support.
I work predominantly with romantic relationships and partnerships, but I see individuals as well. In my work, I tend to focus on trauma, neurodivergence, LGBTQIA+ issues, and identity. I use a combination of narrative and emotion-focused therapy which means that we work together to find and explore emotions and stories that have gone untold or unheard. I make a point to be transparent with my clients and I encourage clients to show up in whatever way they are most comfortable (yes, even in your pajamas).
I have a very vocal cat named Ophelia (you’ll more than likely hear her litany of complaints during our sessions!). In my free time I draw DND character portraits, design tattoos, and read. I love metal-working and poetry.
- LGBTQIA+ issues