Note: Due to the demand for alternative therapies, I'm now focusing services to (1.) Intensive Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (which is a great addition to any work you're doing with a different therapist), (2.) Consultation around psychedelic and alternative therapies, and (3.) A trauma therapy technique called Brainspotting, which is similar to EMDR. I can no longer engaged in traditional, long-term talk therapy, but I've left this page as it was so you can see what I'm passionate about.
When I wrestled with an eating disorder in my teens and early twenties, I felt like what was happening in me was beyond comprehension— even to the professionals who were supposed to get it. Having gone through that, I aim to provide the understanding and insight I craved at the time. I've encountered a wide range of presentations through seven years of experience in an eating disorder treatment facility, and today I feel just as passionate about this often-misunderstood condition as I did when I started.
TRAUMA / EMDR
Sometimes people talk about 'little t' and 'Big T' trauma, but I tend to think that being human is traumatic and all experiences have equal potential to wreak internal havoc. I have worked with clients trying to reconcile demons of all shapes and sizes. No experience is too dark or scary to bring up, and neither is it insignificant or invalid.
Of the many approaches we can take, I have been formally trained in EMDR, which is a tool we can use for any event or belief you're looking to confront.
After witnessing the immense suffering of so many struggling with food, mood, trauma, and pain of all kinds, I felt an urgent need to research other forms of available healing. It wasn't long before I found a long history of research about utilizing psychedelic medicine – such as Ketamine, MDMA, LSD, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, and so forth – in a therapeutic context with impressive results.
I am excited about the future of this approach, particularly as it becomes more accepted by the public to alleviate our current mental health crisis.
With the exception of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, under doctor supervision, it is not legal to engage in therapy sessions with other consciousness altering compounds. I will only provide services within the confines of the law and my professional code of ethics. Therefore, I will not offer any medicine or engage in therapy if you are under the influence of any illegal substance.
However, I am knowledgeable about this topic, and I'm passionate about the importance of harm reduction and decrypting any past experiences, which may have felt confusing or traumatic.
What's the point? What does it all mean? Who am I? Have I wasted my life? Does anything matter?
It can feel quite lonely to wrestle through confusions like these and get the sense that no one wants to talk about how to deal with being a person. While I may not have all the answers, I have searched far and wide on my own journey, and would love to accompany you on yours.
Ketamine has been shown to produce remarkable (and rapid) results in the treatment of depression, suicidality, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and other ailments. While it can be utilized in many ways, it is most commonly administered through IV infusions in a medical setting and is more effective when paired with therapy. Particularly with a therapist who understands non-ordinary states and can help you capitalize on your experiences.
I am now able to offer legal, safe, and best-practice Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Please check Facebook for more thorough and recent updates.
The drive to do something over and over and over again, no matter the consequence, is a kind of madness I'd love to explore with you. We can workshop the patterns you're falling into, investigate the underlying reasons, and tinker with practical changes you can make to overcome the addictive cycle.
Considering an early exit makes a lot of sense. Especially when everything feels far too painful with no end in sight. Having these thoughts is hard enough, and not having anyone to share them with only adds to the isolation. I would love to have an honest conversation about this with you, and see if there's a way we can find some hope for relief.
When we grow up, our experiences shape the way we see the world. Later, these impressions bias the way we interpret reality and leave us vulnerable to flying off the handle when we're reminded of the past. Taking the time to identify your schemas (a.k.a., the lenses you're looking through) can help us interrogate them, and give us an anchor to refer back to as we work together.
It's so obvious to me to embrace all sexual preferences and gender identies that I almost forget to mention it. If you're looking for an inclusive, understanding person to talk through any dilemmas you might have around gender or sexuality, or if your identity in the LGBTQ+ community exists as a background element of who you are as a multi-dimensional human, I'd love to get to know you.
I'm well-versed in a range of therapeutic techniques including CBT, ACT, DBT, solution focused, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, play therapy (action figures aren't just for kids), and others.
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
While these two conditions are nearly fundamental to our humanity, experiencing either of these in an ongoing, severe way can be quite debilitating. I want to work with you to understand how either of these states impacts you and see what we can try that's different from what you've done before.
SPIRITUAL / PHILOSOPHICAL CONCERNS
I don't have any formal training in philosophy or spirituality, but I am a philosophically-minded information-absorber who has personally wrestled with and deeply explored a wide range of perspectives. There's no topic too dark, weird, or complicated, and I would love to talk you through any belief system or 'out there' questions you may be sorting through. No matter your background, I am open to all points of view and will never impose my own beliefs onto you.