Looking for a therapist can be hard. I know there are lots of different things you may be looking at and considering right now. You’re probably looking at my profile because you’re looking for help with one of the issues I specialize in working with. It’s important to find a therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced in working with the problems you need help with.
I am of the position that beyond what issues a therapist works with, the most important component of therapy is the relationship between you and your therapist. Because of this, it is really important for you to find someone who you feel gets you and who you can become comfortable with and open up to. beyond my specialties, this is kind of my big selling point. You will find some therapists who are stiff impersonal professionals. I am not this kind of therapist. Therapy with me is active and collaborative, and I am generally a very genuine, open person with my clients.
When people contact me after finding me on a directory like sacwellness, they’ve usually looked at several other people and may have called a few before they get to me. Make sure you connect with your potential therapist and gather the information you need to decide if they are a fit for you. Most therapists, myself included will talk with you a bit on the phone before scheduling to get an idea of what you’re seeking therapy for and if they might be a good fit for you. Give me a call, email, or check out my website to see if I might be a good fit for you!
QWhat experience do you have?
I have been in private practice as an MFT since 2014. During that time I have specialized in working with couples, teens, addiction, and the LGBTQ community. Over years I have come to work with a lot of trans and gender non conforming clients. I have also been doing a lot of work with people exploring kink and/or polyamory. In my work as a couples therapist I received training in emotionally focused couples therapy over the past 2 years.
Before I became licensed as a marriage and family therapist, I worked in several different mental health/counseling settings. In 2014 I worked at Heritage Oaks Hospital for a year, where I helped people struggling with psychosis, suicidality, and other serious issues. I worked in a non profit counseling agency as a trainee/intern for 5 years, where I did all kinds of therapy/counseling, and cofacilitated a women's group for 2 years. Before that I worked at a methadone clinic for a year, working with clients who were struggling with opiate addiction.
QWhat is a sex positive therapist?
The term "sex positive" is broadly used to define the acceptance/non-judgment/supportiveness of any sexuality and consentual form of sexual expression. As a sex positive therapist I am basically open to working with and talking with anyone from all walks of sexuality and sexual expression. I am educated and experienced in working with a wide variety of issues in this capacity including polyamory and various kinks.
In general people tend to seek me out as a sex positive therapist, not so much because they need help with aspects of their sex lives, but more so because they are looking for someone who will be accepting and not judge them. You can find out more about my work as a sex positive therapist on my website