I am a White, queer, agender, social justice-oriented and relationally-focused therapist. I am committed to providing mental health care that honors my clients’ unique needs, concerns, and identities. Central to my approach is a curiosity about the cultural systems and personal relationships that shaped how my clients came to be. I am particularly attentive to the ways that connection, power, privilege/oppression, and marginalization impact mental health.
I believe that the relationship we build is our greatest tool for healing. I approach therapy as a collaborator, and work with clients to create a relationship characterized by trust, safety, authenticity, vulnerability, mutuality, warmth, humility, and genuine care. We can dream up what healing looks like and strive towards it together.
As we work together, I can act as a confidante, cheerleader, constructive critic, accountability partner, asker of tough questions, or all of the above. Within all of these roles, I aim to be a compassionate mirror: a person who can help to discern, illuminate, and reflect your inner experience. My hope is that this empowers you to make decisions about your life and relationships with awareness and intention.
Areas of Expertise
Those who work with me are often exploring issues of gender, sexuality, and race; privilege, marginalization, and systemic oppression; complex trauma; and relationships. We often focus on alleviating the anxiety, depression, and disconnection from self and others that can come with these experiences.
I have extensive experience working with LGBTQIA2S+ folx; trauma survivors; White folx exploring their own racial identity; BIPOC folx; folx born outside the US; children of immigrants; undergraduate students; and graduate students.
I have experience integrating tarot, ritual, dreamwork, and trance work as psychotherapeutic tools. I am happy to incorporate my clients’ traditional, generational, cultural, or chosen healing practices into our work together.
Experience & Education
I have been working as a therapist, supervisor, and community educator in the Rust Belt for the past 9 years. I have worked with individuals across the life span in a variety of treatment settings, but have spent the majority of my career working in university counseling centers with teens, emerging adults, adults around their concerns related to identity, trauma, connection, and culture. I currently work at the University of Pittsburgh’s Counseling Center, where I am the Lead Clinician for Multicultural Outreach.
I have been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania since 2019. My license number is PS018942. My NPI number is 1417541400. I am a board-certified telemental health provider.
I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2017. While in graduate school, I pursued research focused on sexuality across the lifespan, sex-positive advocacy, dismantling cisheteronormative discourse, and supporting sexual agency through community storytelling.
Influences & Teachers
My approach to this work has grown thanks to the support of many: my mentors, teachers, and supervisors; those whom I’ve trained and supervised; and writers, activists, and witches I admire. I extend them sincere gratitude and list some of their names here in honor of the wisdom they shared with me:
Maureen McHugh, Rita Drapkin, Maria Carrubba-Whetstine, Jennifer Young, Eric Rosenberger, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, adrienne maree brown, Audre Lorde, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, bell hooks, Jean Baker Miller, Hanna Levenson, Irvin Yalom, Debroah Tolman, Leonore Tiefer, Staci Hines, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, Layla F. Saad, Vicki Noble, & Karen Vogel.