Areas of Expertise
The simple act of talking can do amazing things. Combine that with decades of research and years of training and you have a process that can help heal tremendous wounds. Bring in your expertise on your own life and I'll use my training to help you build the life you want.
Relationship and Sexual Concerns
Sex Therapy- Heal from sexual dysfunction, communication issues, performance issues, or whatever else is getting in the way of a healthy and fulfilling sex life
LGBT+ Affirmative Counseling
Alternative sexual expressions- No matter how you like to consensually love, you’re welcome here! This may include: BDSM, Kink, Leather, Fetish, M/s and D/s relationships, etc.
Alternative Relationship Styles- Polyamory, Swinging, “Open” relationships, etc.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Sometimes life feels overwhelming, and that's normal. But what about when it feels overwhelming all the time? When you can't relax, even if you want to? Learn how to tame the anxiety beast and allow yourself to de-stress using tools from a variety of evidence-based therapies.
Being a woman can be intensely frustrating and confusing even with all the strides made in gender equality. People tell you when, how, and even if you should have a family. Employers treat you differently. You work twice as hard to get half as far. Your body is a topic of legislation. They way in which you present your woman-ness, the size of your body, the clothes you wear, your sexuality, the way you speak- is under constant critique no matter what you do. There are so many "rules" for how to live and they're all in conflict and changing constantly. Let's talk about how YOU want to live your life.
In short, we're going to talk about how you got to where you are to figure out what is helping you and what is hurting you. We'll talk about your experiences, memories, thoughts, feelings, and goals related to your concerns to establish exactly what you want out of this process. Then we're going to use science based tools to help you get where you want to be as efficiently as possible.
If you are knowledgeable on theoretical orientations of counseling, I work from an integrated psychodynamic and feminist/multicultural lens. If you aren't, this simply means that I am interested in what parts of your past led to your present, as well as how to empower you to be exactly who you are in a world that may not always value all the parts of your whole. I use tools from talk therapy to establish what your concerns are and how they integrate with you as a whole; then tools from a wide variety of gold-standard therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to assist in your healing process.
Choosing who to trust with the deepest parts of yourself is big decision. Who I am makes a difference in that decision.
Like you, I've had a lifetime of unique experiences that have contributed to who I am. I've lived in multiple states. I've been to multiple schools. I've had good grades and bad grades. I've lived with good people and bad people. I've had days where I felt on top of world and days when I wasn't sure the next one would come. I've struggled with my identity and learned hard lessons about myself. I've stayed up all night with hurting friends and watched them come out the other side. I know what it's like to not know how to move forward- and what it's like to have someone help with that process. I'm a real person with real experiences here to help you with your real life. And I would be honored to have you trust me.
Oh, and I have two cats. You might even see one on screen!
If you'd like my credentials, I graduated from Northwestern University in March 2019 with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Over the course of my degree I completed over 1000 hours of counseling and administrative service in a private practice setting. Services were performed with children and adults and included training in trauma informed counseling, couple’s counseling and group therapy.
I have 12 years of advocacy and education work related to LGBT+ and alternative sexual expression communities, including 12 years direct experience and education regarding LGBT+ communities and culture; as well as 8 years direct experience with BDSM/ Kink communities and culture.
I hold the title of National Certified Counselor, as well as a provisional license to practice counseling in the state of South Carolina. A provisional license is a required part of the licensing procedure in that state and simply means I am under supervision by a fully licensed counselor until I complete a certain amount of post-graduate hours. This does not prevent me from giving the full quality of service of a fully licensed counselor. In fact, it means you have two brains to work on your concerns instead of one! If you'd like information regarding my supervisor, Dr. Catherine Scott, please contact me.