My training and approach
I have been in the mental health field for 8 years, since graduating from Smith College with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. I received my Master's in Counseling at California Lutheran University in 2019. Most of my experience has been in community mental health programs. In these programs, I worked with people of all ages who had been diagnosed with what are often called "severe mental illnesses"* or "SMI" (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, OCD, etc.).
Through these experiences, I became familiar with several innovative approaches to working with people experiencing extreme states and crises. These include the Hearing Voices Network, Open Dialogue, and Contextual Rehabilitation. You can read more about these models here:
I approach therapy from a systemic framework - in short, I believe that problems exist between people and not within people. My role as your therapist is to create a relationship and a dialogue in which you can come to understand your experiences as powerful and meaningful. What you decide to do from there is up to you.
*I do not generally use the language of "mental illness" in my practice because I find it to be stigmatizing, pathologizing, and unhelpful. However, I understand some people use these terms and I always respect the language my clients use to refer to themselves.