THERAPIST INFOAbout Me:
Over the course of my career as a clinical social worker, I have increasingly focused my work on providing LGBTQI-affirming psychotherapy to individuals who have experienced trauma, in its many interpersonal and systemic forms. As a white cis queer therapist, I continue to educate myself on the privileges and power dynamics inherent in my own social position in relation to my clients, and openly work from an anti-oppression framework.
My work with each client is integrative and dynamic. My “home base” is in contemporary feminist psychodynamic therapy (e.g. “top-down” talk therapy), but I am trained in/frequently utilize more “bottom-up” interventions from EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to tailor my approach to a client’s presenting needs. I am about to complete training with MAPS in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy, with an intention to become certified to offer MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD/trauma once it is cleared by the FDA and legalized as a medicine (expected around 2023). In the meantime, I welcome to my practice individuals who are seeking therapeutic support in preparing for and integrating their personal psychedelic healing work with MDMA.
I’m a firm believer that a person will not feel safe exploring difficult areas in therapy if they don’t feel comfortable with and understand the human sitting across from them. Therefore, I want you to see my personality and sense of humor as we collaborate, so that we can build a strong working relationship built on trust and mutual understanding. I am an active therapist! I don’t like sitting back and asking “how does that make you feel?” I like to offer interpretations, suggestions and questions with your input to assist us both in reaching a deeper understanding. Most of all, I am open to your feedback about whether things are working for you.
I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and hold a previous Masters in Anthropology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Brandeis University. My practice experience has mainly been in community-based mental health, with a special focus on the health and human rights of historically marginalized communities.Description of Services:
My specialty areas include:
Credentials & Certifications: Licensed Independent Clinical Social WorkerLicenses: 119017
- LGBTQI experiences, with a special focus on providing affirming counseling to trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals
- Trauma (interpersonal, developmental/attachment, systemic/oppression)
- MDMA-assisted therapy (preparation and integration while we await legalization)
- Individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions
- Depression and anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Intimate partner violence
- Recovery from substance use and other addictions (I utilize a harm reduction model of treatment)
- Exploring relational dynamics and concerns (e.g. family, friendships, intimate partners, dating, divorce or separation)
DetailsRemote Practitioner: YesPrice Range: My full fee is $120 per 1 hr session, or $200 per 90 min session. We may be able to negotiate a sliding scale if space in my practice permits (please be in touch about this).
Our ProcessOverview of Experience Protocol:
I first want to express my gratitude and admiration for the work you will be embarking on, and the privilege I feel in accompanying you on this journey!
While we await legalization of psychedelic treatment, I am able to offer therapeutic support around preparation and integration of your personal psychedelic healing work. My MAPS training is specifically regarding the use of MDMA for trauma healing, so please be advised that my knowledge is specific to this medicine.
We will begin our work together with a face-to-face intake session (either in person or via telehealth), where you are invited to share with me your reasons for seeking support around preparation and integration. Our initial session is also a chance to build trust/safety and connect with each other, so that we can gauge whether we’re a good fit. I will also have some consent forms and, if appropriate, some assessments (e.g. CAPS-5) for us to complete. I will usually recommend three preparation sessions, during which we will continue to explore on a deeper level your history and goals for personal psychedelic work, logistics around how you are safely accessing psychedelic healing in your personal life, and exploration and practice of resources (drawn from my training with MAPS, EMDR, IFS and Sensorimotor) that support access to your inner healing intelligence. We will also explore the inner directed approach of psychedelic healing that you may benefit from using during your personal experience, and to answer any questions you may have about the medicine, including any contraindications that could signal further medical evaluation or mental health stabilization before proceeding with your medicine experience.
Integration work is vital to gaining the most insight and healing from a medicine experience as possible, and unfolds over the course of several months or even years. It is normal for symptoms to sometimes temporarily increase following a medicine experience, as the body/mind system continues to process and move distressing or painful experiences which were previously stuck, which is why having built-in therapeutic support is also highly recommended.
MAPS protocol supports a structure of at least three integration sessions, following a psychedelic experience. The first integration session is ideally scheduled the morning following the experience, which is also my recommendation if we can work together on scheduling. The subsequent integration sessions can be scheduled at intervals that support your level of need, and we are not limited to only three. I am also available for brief phone/email check-ins between your integration sessions, or to provide urgent support if the need arises. If you are already working with a long-term therapist, our integration sessions can serve as containers for identifying themes that you may want to continue working with your long-term therapist on. If it feels right to you, I am also happy to consult with your ongoing therapist prior to termination of our work together.
Integration sessions are highly individualized, based on your medicine experience. They are an opportunity to revisit what came up during your experience, to further process and make meaning for your healing. Integration sessions may involve a combination of talk-based therapy, somatic processing and resourcing, or inner-directed work with parts. I am also able to provide EMDR resourcing and processing for your integration if appropriate. Integration sessions are a further opportunity to revisit your treatment plan, and identify the next steps you want to take—whether it be to have additional medicine experiences, to be linked to resources for longer-term therapeutic support, or to end our work together when you feel ready.
Many people my find that a single medicine experience is enough to meet their needs, while others will likely benefit from multiple experiences, spread across several months or years. As your process unfolds, we will explore together what would be beneficial for you therapeutically, and can pace our work accordingly.Intake Process:
If you are interested in MDMA preparation/integration therapy, please get in touch to see if I have any openings in my practice. I prefer to meet with you for an initial consultation session, which would be billed either to your insurance (I am paneled with BCBS, Tufts commercial, Tufts MassHealth plans, Aetna, United Behavioral Health, Optum, Allways, and Cigna) or out-of-pocket, so that we can get a sense of whether we would be a good fit for one another.
Business InfoMassachusetts, United States
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