Psychotherapy is a unique and special experience, in that it is acceptable and encouraged that you share all of your thoughts and feelings, to include those that you might more typically withhold. I hope to provide you with an experience of feeling affirmed and validated, genuinely listened to, and seen in all of your complexity. That said, it may take a long time for you to feel comfortable enough to share yourself so fully, and I will respect that, moving at your pace.
There are many reasons as to why people seek therapy. For instance, you may be someone who is experiencing heightened anxiety, depression, diminished self-esteem, eating/body related distress, grief, loss, sense of detachment, sense of alienation, relationship difficulties, and/or family difficulties, among many other possibilities. More than likely, you are experiencing a blend of various difficulties.
I tend to de-emphasize diagnostic categories or labels. It is not that I do not believe that you are experiencing various difficult symptoms; rather, there are complex meanings behind why you are having these experiences, rising from the full context of your life. Genes and biology may play a role, but so may familial experiences, early developmental experiences, your immediate social environment (past and present), larger societal factors, traumatic or impactful experiences, your unique way of perceiving the world, and any other number of factors that may intermingle and result in why you are as you are.
The overall goals of therapy may include: feeling more in touch with yourself, operating more flexibly and less rigidly, feeling more able to access a range of emotions in a tolerable way, feeling more compassion toward yourself, feeling more connected to others, experiencing more of a sense of purpose, and feeling more able to tolerate the ambiguities of life.
While I am no longer working with individuals under the age of 16, I do like to note that I have the experience of working with children, as young as age 4, in the sense that this work informs my understanding of the developmental trajectory of pre-teens/adolescents and adults.
I am LGBTQAI-friendly.
I am also a supporter of Health At Every Size, fat activism, and the notion of body neutrality.