Let Me Introduce Myself
Certified MBT Practicioner & Supervisor
I work with clients on a variety of issues from Depression, Anxiety, Attachment issues, and Personality Disorders to name a few. I specifically specialize in Trauma/PTSD/CPTSD/BPD all of which have overlapping symptoms. When I am working with a client on issues related to sex-positivity in some way (sex work, LGBTQIA, poly/ENM, body image, kink/BDSM, dismantling patriarchy and purity culture) there can be many different types of issues we may work on and it may not be related to sex positivity at all, however, it is very important for my clients to know I have a very good understanding of these issues.
I am a very creative and eclectic person, which makes my style much more approachable and friendly. However, I do challenge and push my clients on a regular basis… how much is dependent on where they are currently with treatment.
Part of my unique approach to therapy is that I offer between session contact via text and phone. Know that you will always be supported.
What is MBT?
I have been certified as an MBT (Mentalization Based Treatment) Practitioner, and use this as a basis of my framework in sessions. This level of certification also gives me the ability to supervise other clinicians who are interested in being trained and supervised in MBT. This is still a relatively new evidence-based treatment which was developed by Fonagy & Bateman (Anna Freud Center in London) originally to treat BPD but has been generalized for most other diagnoses. I encourage you to do some research on MBT if you are curious and if you enter into treatment we can discuss it in more detail. I was formally trained in CBT & TF-CBT, along with psychodynamic therapy, and use many different elements to tailor treatment for my clients.
I graduated from the UNC School of Social Work in 2006 and worked in community mental health providing therapy to indigent clients. My work consisted of treating clients with Suicidal Ideation, Borderline Personality Disorder, and trauma with most of my clients of low socioeconomic status and/or abject poverty. I started practicing as a sex+ therapist, working with a wide range of issues 3 years ago in the private practice setting. I continue to work with mostly the Sex Positive population but because of my unique ability to treat personality disorders and hard-to-treat mental health disorders, I also see people outside of this community.
Became Consultant & Educator
Began providing sex-positive therapy and supervision for LCSW candidates
Became Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Obtained MSW from UNC Chapel Hill