I am an activist and a clinician.
I received my Master's degree in Social Work at California State University, Northridge. I have multiple years of experience working with clients in different settings, such as day treatment centers, schools, counseling centers, and private practice. Additionally, I have multiple years of experience working in LGBTQIA+ policy at the California state level. I bring advocacy, empowerment, community building, and relational skills into my sessions with clients.
Since you are the architect of your life, your lived experience is the most valuable tool that we have as we begin to identify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that no longer serve the true, authentic you. You are the guide in the therapy process. My role as your therapist is to collaborate with you and meet you where you are. Because every client and their therapy goals are different, I work with each client to meet those unique goals. I’m a trauma informed clinician who uses an integrative therapy framework. This means I use multiple different frameworks and fuse them together to meet your needs in a flexible way. I include frameworks such as attachment theory, internal family systems ("parts work"), somatic psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral informed therapy, and narrative therapy.
This group is a virtual processing group for CA-based folks. There is a 12 week commitment. It is open to all identities. Clients will be able to share their experiences with other folks going through similar challenges. The goals of group will be to learn about yourself, and how you relate to others; connect with others by sharing your personal stories and/or narratives; work through internalized homophobia and transphobia; reduce social anxiety; understand dating; process the awful political climate; and work through relational conflict. This group will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm. The tentative start date is August 2023. A brief phone call/interview required. Contact me to learn more.
I have worked on several campaigns (see below) to continue California's progress for LGBTQIA+ human rights.
SB-219 - Long-term care facilities: rights of residents
SB-918 - Homeless Youth Act of 2018
AB-2119 - Foster care: gender affirming health care and mental health care
I also lobbied for $17.5 million in funding to create the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Womxn’s Health Equity Fund, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019
Most recently, I helped author the beginnings of what turned into SB 923, Gender affirming care (TGI Inclusive Care Act) 2021-2022, which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2022