My name is Sasha, and working as therapist for teens inspires me because I get to see the world through the eyes of kids every day! Between the ages of 11 and 18, kids are often incredibly creative, funny, and intelligent, even while working through really difficult situations. For over 5 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with 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 working with at-risk and LGBT youth in a Houston charter school.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s of Education, and my therapy practice focuses on helping teens when they struggle with body image & girls’ issues and gender & sexuality. I also work with adults who are detransitioning or desisting from a trans-identity. I have spent much of my academic and professional career studying, learning, and writing about body image, sexuality, gender, and culture. This is my passion, and I integrate a media-savvy approach in my work with teens, families, and adults.
While there are exceptions to every rule, I believe we are all largely a product of our environment, so exploring the influences of home, school, and society are an important part of the therapeutic process at Inspired Teen Therapy. With most teens spending hours a day on social media, I use this in my sessions: I listen to kids about the messages they are seeing, and help them to carefully analyze misinformation online, giving them wisdom and resilience discern the truth. I also request that parents become invested in examining their own beliefs, attitudes, and habits, so we can give your teen the best chances for success. We will also explore thinking patterns, social dynamics, and mind-body factors that may be challenging your child. Another way I engage kids is by using humor, being my authentic self in every session, and making therapy fun for them. Therapy only works when the client feels connected and invested! I’ve successfully helped hundreds of teens to develop the resiliency and confidence they need to face and overcome life’s many challenges.
When I’m not being inspired by 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 see 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