Specialties

Anxiety

Anxiety is an inevitable part of life. In fact, there are many common life experiences in which it is reasonable and appropriate to feel anxious. Anxiety can create a sense of dread, uneasiness, or panic. Physically, we may experience tension, increased heart rate, shallow breathing, and abdominal discomfort or nausea. We may worry about the worst case scenario and react by freezing, avoiding, or crying.

Anxiety disorders occur when we feel intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders cause a significant impact on daily life and interfere with your schoolwork, job, or relationships. 

Along with general stress and anxiety, here are the anxiety disorders I currently treat:

LGBTQ+

There is so much diversity and fluidity in sexual and gender identities, which merge with our other intersecting identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, spirituality) and greatly impact our values, sense of self, and the experiences we have. As a queer psychologist, I bring my lived experience and years of research, training, and clinical experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community. Although our life experiences will still differ, my LGBTQ+ clients tend to appreciate our shared identity and often feel they don’t have to explain certain things to me because I “just get it.”

Example Areas of Concern:

  • Challenges with coming out experiences
  • Struggling with being yourself in a professional work environment
  • Internalized homophobia, biphobia, transphobia
  • Exploring your identities and how you’d like to express yourself to different people in your life

Relationships

Humans are social creatures and our relationships with others are incredibly impactful on our psychological well-being. Therapy can be helpful for exploring and understanding your struggles with family, friends, or dating/romantic relationships. You can also learn new ways of relating to yourself and others, break out of harmful relational patterns, and feel more empowered in your relationships. 

Example Areas of Concern:

  • Feelings of low self worth
  • Difficulty trusting or being vulnerable with others
  • Infidelity, break-ups, and divorce
  • People pleasing and trouble setting healthy boundaries

Trauma

Trauma can occur as a single incident (i.e., a car accident) or repeated incidents (i.e., ongoing childhood abuse). Our mind and body naturally react in a fight/flight/freeze response to trauma. Symptoms of trauma include: re-experiencing of the traumatic event (i.e., nightmares, intrusive memories); avoidance of thinking or talking about things that remind us of the event; negative mood (i.e., feeling hopeless or detached); and hyperarousal (i.e., feeling “on-guard” or easily startled).

“Complex trauma” refers to having multiple, often related, experiences of trauma. This can have a particularly strong impact on our identity and relationships. Even if the trauma happened long ago, some people feel it is “unresolved” or “unhealed.”

Trauma can significantly alter our view of ourselves and the world. Sometimes, exposure to trauma can develop into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can also cause Anxiety Disorders , Depression , and other diagnoses/symptoms.

Example Areas of Concern:

  • Childhood neglect or abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual)
  • Sexual violence or intimate partner violence
  • Growing up with a caregiver who abused drugs or alcohol
  • Discrimination and oppression (i.e., racial trauma)