"The world is healthier because of its outlaws and outsiders and freaks and queers and sinners.  I fall neatly into all those categories, so it's no big deal to me if you do or don't."

                             - Kate Bornstein

Who I Am

I specialize in working with individual adult transgender, genderqueer/variant, gay, bisexual, lesbian, and queer people.  As part of those communities, I understand what you experience in trying to maintain your sense of balance and purpose despite ongoing challenges from the dominant culture.  I believe that LGBTQ people tend to evolve in incredibly adaptive and creative ways because it's necessary to find the hidden paths that lead to growth around and through the obstacles.  We can work together to identify your strengths and the ways in which your creative forces have already helped you to overcome challenges.  I am experienced in working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, and I'm continually inspired by helping people discover and appreciate the complexities and joys of their unique identities.

I have worked extensively with individuals who are involved in relationships and sexualities that include polyamory, non-monogamy, BDSM, and kink.  It has been my experience that relationships and their interactions are as various as the individuals who comprise them.

What I Do

Overall, my approach is simple:  I have the utmost respect for all forms of gender identity and expression, sexuality, and relationships.  My goal in providing psychotherapy is to help you come to a place of acceptance wherein you can feel comfortable within your body, mind, and spirit.  Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and felt totally inspired by its story?  I believe that your own story can become one that inspires and empowers you rather than confusing and frustrating you.  You may be experiencing problems in your life; that does not mean that you are the problem.  Your problem is the problem.

We will collaborate in finding the best way to bring that problem out of your story so that you can look at it in the light and decide how you would like to work with it, and how you would like me to help you do it.

My Training

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (LH60383084).  You can verify my credentials here: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspxI am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado (LPC11380).  You can view my Colorado credentials here:  https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspxI am a National Certified Counselor (277182).  My Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health, with a special focus in Multicultural Counseling, was conferred from the University of Colorado Denver.  My Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies was conferred from the University of Colorado Boulder.

As a gender specialist, I have often been asked to provide and to participate in groups, trainings, and workshops pertaining to relevant topics.  I remain open to those opportunities.  I have also received quite a bit of training in working with specific types of therapies.  If you're curious about my experience, please ask! 

You may have been in therapy before and/or have education in psychology, and know what the different therapeutic approaches are called.  For those who speak Therapese, I am an integrative therapist whose practice philosophy is grounded in narrative and feminist theories.  I believe in tools that work, and draw from various other approaches to tailor your therapy to fit your needs.  If you have had success with a particular technique in the past, we can integrate it into our work together.