"My life choices are guided by social justice and my strong moral compass. I became a therapist, driven by this compass, to work with people to discover their most authentic sense of self, free from oppressive narratives and stigmas."
Why I became a therapist
Hi, my name is Zoë and I use they/them and she/her pronouns. I have master’s degrees in social work and women, gender, & sexuality studies. My life choices are been guided by social justice and my strong moral compass. I became a therapist, driven by this compass, to work with people to discover their most authentic sense of self, free from oppressive narratives and stigmas. I believe that each individual’s mental health is inseparable from their identities, experiences, and the structures we live in. I honor those realities while empowering clients to live their best lives.
Who I work with
I work with adults from all walks of life. I specialize in working with clients who face systemic harm and societal stigma including but not limited to; LBGTQ and TGNC folks, women, and people from other marginalized communities. I am affirming of all genders & sexualities, careers, reproductive choices, kinks, and alternative relationship structures. I also work with people striving to change their interpersonal relationship dynamics. I am trained in using a harm reduction framework to work with folks who want to change their relationship with substance use. Additionally, I have a background in the arts and have worked with clients on the unique stressors of being an artist or in other non-traditional professions.
"I recognize that each person is the expert of their own life and view my role as a facilitator of the desired change, growth, and healing."
Working With Me
I work from a feminist lens to collaborate with my clients to determine goals and obstacles for our therapeutic relationship. I recognize that each person is the expert of their own life and view my role as a facilitator of the desired change, growth, and healing. I am influenced by several frameworks including a systems-based approach, narrative therapy, mindfulness, transformative justice, relational, and more depending on the needs of the space we build together. I utilize my background in the arts to bring creativity to the therapeutic space. I have incorporated creative writing, drawing, water colors, and other creative outlets into therapy based on the interests of the individual. For all clients, I incorporate collaboration, humor, validation, affirmation, and empathy.
Qualifications and trainings
- I have a BFA in Photography and a BA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from George Washington University;
- I completed my MSW with a specialty in mental health and sub-specialty in group work, as well as an MA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Loyola University Chicago;
- I am a certified abortion doula;
- I completed trainings and worked on an advocacy hotline for sexual assault and intimate partner violence.