about

 

Becoming a therapist has introduced me to the most rewarding and important work I have ever done. Working with people when they are actively seeking change is inspirational, not to mention scary, exhilarating, and the ultimate privilege. Therapy is a process of life alchemy, breaking down ordinary elements to create value in the form of lives we want to lead. I love this work and I am passionate about creating a safe, collaborative, and dynamic environment where my clients can take risks in order to create the lives and relationships they most desire.

 

Since as far back as I can remember, I loved talking to people about their bodies and their desires. While still in my first graduate degree, I worked as a researcher at the Center for Research on Sex and Gender in San Francisco, helping source information to create better policies at the legal level for all kinds of interesting and critical advancements. I loved the work, but what moved me the most was dropping into connection with the human subjects in our studies. So I went back to graduate school a second time to hone my skills as a licensed mental health clinician.

 

In 2008, I launched a Bay-Area based private counseling practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC# 52219). In 2018, I moved my practice to an online platform, holding sessions through Telehealth models from Portland, OR where I current reside (Oregon therapist license #T1585).  Because I hold dual master’s degrees in both Counseling MFT and Human Sexuality Studies, I’ve been fortunate also work as an educator at the collegiate level in both fields of study. I have taught graduate-level counseling/sexuality at the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University, as well as Argosy University and the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. My favorite classes to teach assist new counselors and social workers to explore their internalized value systems and better integrate issues of sexuality into their professional work.

 

Outside of the counseling office, I consult for organizations interested in broadening their understanding of the intersections of mental health and gender/sexuality inclusion. I lead seminars and process groups for audiences that focus on less visible experiences of sexuality and gender. I have a great deal of interest in working with folx (and their partners) identifying on a gender/genderqueer spectrum, LGBTQQI family creation & growth, non-monogamous or complex sexual/relationship dynamics including poly relationships and families, and working with practicers or practitioners of kink and/or sex work.  I also often lead groups for LGBTQ parents that help explore conscious role development of parents, donors, and family identities.

 

When not doing the work of mental health, I’m full-tilt in my life being a queer parent to two awesome kiddos along my amazing partner, who happens to be non-binary, trying to soak up all the life we can. In years where we are not in pandemic quarantine, we are avid paddle-boarders, campers, recipe-explorers and really love a nice fireplace to cozy up and read next to.

 

If you have questions about anything you read here and want to talk with me about it, I would be happy to speak with you more about it.