My wish as a counselor is to foster a trusting relationship between us in which you feel safe, accepted for all that you are (not only the “good” parts), able to express vulnerability, say no, and try new things. I find that talking about hard things in the context of such a relationship is the crux of the healing process, to which we can add skills such as mindfulness and emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, changing thoughts, and many others. My style is collaborative, adaptive, and caring--we will make goals together to decide what path is right for you.
If you are struggling with feelings of “not good enough”, feeling lost or purposeless, abandonment or shame, complex trauma, relationship issues, self-doubt and confidence, despair, anger, and wanting to be liked or needed, please reach out. Areas of particular interest include: depression and anxiety, eating disorders, sexual assault and recovery, PTSD and CPTSD, sexual and gender identity, substance use, and adolescent mental health.
My practice is informed by feminist, humanistic, and existential perspectives. I draw from a variety of sources, including psychodynamic theory, DBT, Internal Family Systems, dialogic approaches, liberatory struggle and resistance movements, family systems approaches, somatic integration theories, and neurocognitive and developmental research. I value transparency, empathy, curiosity, warmth, and humor in the healing process and would be honored to support you in building new narratives for the future.
I completed my clinical training at Simmons University in Boston, MA, and hold a MA in Mental Health Counseling from Saybrook University. Prior to being a therapist, I worked and volunteered in community mental health. I hold a BA in Liberal Arts in Political Economy and Sustainable Agriculture from The Evergreen State College.
As an associate licensed mental health counselor, Sylo is able to see clients who have managed care medicaid, such as Molina, Amerigroup, United Health Care, Community Health.