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Tropical Leaves

Areas of Expertise for Individuals, Couples, and Families including Adolescents

Managing Addiction and Changing Habits

I help people understand, identify, and manage behaviors that have an adverse impact on life. This can include the use of a substance like alcohol and other drugs, foods, and addictive behavior. It can also relate to patterns in how we manage stress, relationships, and daily tasks. When addressing addiction, chemical dependency, and changing habits and behaviors, I employ both harm reduction and abstinence-based techniques to work towards increasing healthy and stable lifestyles. I also offer supportive psychotherapy for people who are on pharmacologic treatment for opiate withdrawal as well as friends and family of individuals with chronic substance abuse and mental illness.

Sexuality and Gender Identification

I am a sexuality- and gender-affirming therapist, and I strive to help all people increase their comfort with sexuality, acknowledge sexual diversity, and identify and embrace personal sexual identities. I provide a supportive, non-judgmental space for a wide range of sexualities, including people in the LGBTQ spectrum, gender fluidity, non-monogamy, sex work and BDSM. I also focus on providing non-sexuality based psychotherapy services to individuals in these communities. I believe it is important to acknowledge and communicate about who we are in all areas in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Trauma and Grief Recovery

I have extensive experience in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and individuals with recent or historical experience with traumatic events. I focus on a holistic approach to trauma recovery and grief resolution, helping clients feel secure, stable, and able to accomplish tasks in the present day, as well as working towards understanding and resolving specific and general emotions and situations from the past.


Utilizing the principles of Love First, I facilitate structured interventions to assist families and concerned others in encouraging people with chemical dependency to recover.  Intervention is a process designed to empower significant others to effectively confront the individual with the goal of recognizing that their drinking or drug use is a problem and accepting help.   In addition to clinical experience in mental health, I have extensive experience working with people who are chemically dependent.

Care Coordination

I work in coordination with your psychiatrists and other mental health and medical providers to ensure clinical coordination for your care.

Getting Started

Have a question about how or if I can help? Contact me. Every person is unique, and I might be able to help even if my specialties do not seem to fit your experiences. I am happy to talk with you about your individual needs and situation to help you determine if my services are a good match for your needs. I offer individual, couples, and family therapy to adults and adolescents. 


I maintain a core belief that supportive psychotherapy and psychological services should be available for individuals from a wide range of economic circumstances. I understand that privilege and oppression can impact income and costs, and I strive to recognize and address this in my practice.


One way that I do this is by maintaining a sliding fee scale. I have set aside a number of spaces in my schedule to accommodate individuals with low income or specific need. If you have questions about determining your fee, please call me for more information. I can also provide referrals if we cannot create an alternative fee schedule. 



I accept cash or check payment options.



If you wish to use insurance a receipt will be provided for you to file with your insurance company for your potential reimbursement. In that case, I will be considered an “out-of-network” provider. 

I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:

  • Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?

  • Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it, and have I met it yet?

  • Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?

  • Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?


If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 72 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.

My Approach
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