As a queer and nonbinary person who has worked in the public education field for over 10 years, there was always one thing I wanted to be: someone I needed when I was younger. Representation matters, and for the LGBTQIA+ community being visible and understood also matters. That’s where my passion for the mental health field grew into becoming a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. I want to be a support for anyone who has felt left out of these spaces.
It’s important for me to provide a nonjudgmental and compassionate space for my clients to explore their past childhood, their present selves, and ways to help form the future they are stepping into every moment. Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I understand the situation of feeling like you are teaching someone about your experiences and identity rather than getting to the root of what you’d like to work on. With that, I will establish a gender/identity-affirming space for you to feel seen and heard.
I don’t believe there is only one way to approach therapy. I am eclectic and holistic in my approaches and will work with you to find the best possible fit for your journey! I received my Master’s of Education in School Counseling at the University of Maryland - College Park and use my background of working in public education as a teacher and school counselor to apply different techniques and approaches for clients. I work with youth, adults, and couples with a variety of life situations involving trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief. I work with clients from various backgrounds and identities, with particular experience working with LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults and their families.
Sometimes there is some uncertainty about starting therapy, but I am glad you are here and reading this bio because that shows you are probably more ready than you think you are. If any of these bios sound like they align with you, then please contact us at Takoma Therapy! I look forward to meeting you.