Hey there!

Inner Child
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Leading with lived experience means I aim to bring my full self into the work. I live in a fat body. I have ADHD. I have been through the many phases and stages of the body liberation journey. It was messy as hell. But so so very worth it.

As are you.

When I was 22, I had a therapist (Hi Anita!) look me in the face after I did not do my therapy homework for the 36th week in a row and say, "You have a lot to be angry about, don't you?" God, I loved her. Of course, I hated her in that moment because back then my anger was scary, foreign, uncontrolled. And in those olden times, I believed control was the safest, most necessary and only option.

 

The slow and steady unlearning was painful, confusing, essential and transformative. What was on the other side was (surprise!) NOT control, perfectionism, or a life-time of people pleasing. Through the muck, the yuck, and the hard truths were many steps (some baby and some leaps) towards freedom, joy, and authenticity. 

Thinking about doing this unlearning work in 2021 Americatown, USA is, well, very, very, extremely hard. There is never a right time or right way. Whatever you do and where ever you start is enough.

 

I believe in the power of taking hold of our past, present and future narratives (WE HAVE A LOT TO BE ANGRY ABOUT.)

In the biz of therapy, my style is "eclectic!" and ebbs and flows depending on your needs. Our therapy work will always be rooted in an anti-oppression framework. You are the expert of you. Much of our lived experience is inherited. I believe your inner work is breaking cycles and intergenerational patterns. You are choosing something different. 

A few more common themes and frameworks for my work with folks:​

  • Intersectional Feminist Values

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Jungian Themes & Symbolism

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Relational Therapy

  • Play, Creativity and Laughter

  • Always Trauma Informed

My background as a theater maker and artist informs my work as a therapist. I was a performer, playwright, and theater director--creating plays about bodies, eating disorder recovery, community and identity. 

I continue to flex that muscle as a drama therapist. I am a frequent collaborator with Recovery Through Performance​--a therapeutic theater company which utilizes the CoActive Therapeutic Theater (CoATT), the first manualized model of therapeutic theater. 

Starry Sky

Passions & Research 

  • Building community for fat/higher-weight bodied folks

  • Fat provider collaboration

  • Supporting and expanding support for folks with ADHD and eating disorders

  • The treatment of eating disorders and body image distress using embodied and experiential Drama Therapy interventions.

  • Talking (loudly!) about anti-fat bias & weight stigma in:

    • Theater/Performance spaces & communities

    • Drama/Theater undergraduate/graduate programs

Shooting Star

Credentials & Training

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NEW YORK STATE )

  • Registered Drama Therapist (NADTA) 

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Training

  • Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Molloy College

  • Theater ​& ​Performance Education

    • The Hartt School of Theater

    • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts