In my practice, I strive to co-create a culturally sensitive environment with my clients. I allow them to be the experts in their lives and give them space to educate me about their culture, needs, experiences and outlook on the world (I never assume anything about a client, everyone
experiences the world differently).
I also allow individuals to share at their own pace; They may
share as much as they are comfortable.
By giving those who need it the “drivers seat”, and by
allowing them to be the expert on their own experiences, I am deconstructing the idea that the therapist knows what is best and has all the answers.
By co-creating a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment, I am able to work alongside whoever needs my listening ear, and to turn our shared space into one that fits their needs.
This will also help to ensure it is a safe environment for growth.
I have cis-gender and non-queer privilege, however, I strive to be an ally in every circumstance.
In addition to this, I strive to use inclusive language, never assume one’s identity, and believe that gender affirming care is a right, as well as necessary medical and mental health care.
I demonstrate my values and my commitment to giving LGBTQ+ people by co-creating a space with my clients to share their stories. I use inclusive language and co-create the therapeutic environment along with clients to ensure everyone feels safe and respected.
I am passionate about working with neurodivergent people, as well as working with those with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. I am able to work alongside whoever needs my listening ear and turn our shared space into one that fits their needs.
I have over 3 years experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. My experience working within this population has helped to form my passion for awareness and visibility for the special needs community, as well as the intellectual and/or physically disabled communities, and dismantling ableism.
My practice is designed to uplift the needs of these communities by using inclusive language, providing accessible options for our sessions (accessible office or online via telehealth) and allowing the therapeutic experience to be client led.
This includes allowing the clients to share at
their own pace and uninterrupted if speech is different paced. I strive to use inclusive language and co-create the therapeutic environment along with clients to ensure everyone feels safe, respected, and that their individual accommodations are met.
The veteran community is population I am happy to serve and provide therapeutic services for. I come from a Gold Star family, this means that I have lost a parent while they were serving on active duty. Because of this life event, I am knowledgeable about the importance of what it means to be dedicated to veterans, their families and their survivors.
Aside from creating a therapeutic space for veterans to share their experiences, I am also knowledgeable about resources for veterans including scholarships and benefits for attending university, signing up for Tricare Insurance, as well as a number of resources that veterans can find on military bases throughout Texas. Together we can create a space in your life to share your story as well as connect you to resources to enrich your life.
Being trained in the Gottman Method for couples therapy allows me to better help couples seeking therapy for their relationship. According to the Gottman Institute and official website, “the goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.”
Being trained in this method allows for better insight, as well as knowledge of evidence based methods, when working with couples.