My name is Sasha, and for over 8 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with inspiring teens in a wide variety of settings: developing behavior-change programs for kids with ASD*, helping children and teens heal from sexual abuse and family violence, and counseling at-risk and LGBT youth in a Houston charter school.
I studied Psychology and History in undergrad, received a Master’s of Education, and then earned my Licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) here in Texas. My therapy practice focuses on helping teens who struggle with issues of body image or gender & sexuality.
My approach is influenced by an eclectic range of philosophies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behaviorism, Social Psychology, Anthropology, History, Taoism and Jungian analysis. I like to help clients sort through complex and sometimes confusing messages they receive from the world around them (both on and offline), and encourage them to think for themselves and tap into their own intuitive perceptions. Clients also report that learning about cognition and how their brains work can be a useful tool in detangling conflicting beliefs, ideas, or feelings they bring to therapy. Teenagers also have important tasks of adolescence to contend with, which can be especially difficult in today’s complicated social landscape. Ultimately, I believe every experience has something important to teach us, and I see my role as a facilitator for the natural process of looking inward, learning about the self, and creating meaning and vitality.
When I’m not being inspired by amazing teens, I am hanging out with my Russian Blue cat, dancing, blogging, studying Arabic, or enjoying nerdy non-fiction books. I’ve been fortunate to live in 2 different countries, 6 different cities, and I continue traveling and seeing the world. I’ve also been known to cause teenage eye-rolls when I make corny jokes, but kids still tell me they really love coming to counseling!
*Autism Spectrum Disorder