I have a private practice, Awen Therapy, in Madison, Wisconsin. I took the scenic route to becoming a therapist. The good news is that there is a lot to be learned along the way! My original undergraduate degree was in psychology and computer science. After a stint in the business world I added an MBA. That was followed by starting a couple of small businesses.
Later in life I decided to follow my passion. I returned to get my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Being a therapist has been the most interesting and rewarding part of the journey to date.
Much of my work as a therapist has been supporting people who embrace what are often considered “non-traditional” life choices. My particular areas of focus are sex and sexuality, specifically gender identity, gender preferences, kinks, power dynamics, and ethical non-monogamy. I strive to help clients find the solutions that let them be their most authentic selves.
While psychedelic supported therapy is not currently available where I practice, my expectation is it will arrive in the very near future. I have a great interest in the promise they hold and have made it a point to become knowledgeable about them so I can hit the ground running when that time comes.
How I work with clients
I have a very direct style of therapy. You may enjoy working with me as a therapist if you are looking for someone that can be supportive yet is not afraid to challenge you. I believe people come to therapy because they want change and the fastest way to achieve that is to be challenged to really consider alternative perspectives and strategies.
I use an eclectic approach but all of my techniques are systemic in nature. That means I believe that most problems don’t reside in a person but rather they exist where we interact with other people or their environment.
I prefer a strength-based approach, building on what already works well and teaching new skills and tools as opposed to viewing things as “broken”. For you therapy buffs out there, I use many different styles of interventions but I rely most heavily on Experiential approaches. I also use Strategic, Structural and Post-Modern techniques. However, my ultimate goal is to use the tools and methods that work best for my clients.