My name is Sasha, and for over 10 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 have begun questioning thier gender identity around the age of puberty.
My approach is based in standards of care which emphasizes thorough assessment, treating comorbidities, and individualized treatment. I incorporate an eclectic range of philosophies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Psychology, Anthropology, History, Taoism, and Jungian analysis. I like to help clients sort through complex and sometimes confusing experiences around puberty, social roles, peer group, family, technology, academic anxiety, etc. I encourage teens 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 working through their problems. Developmental tasks of adolescence can be difficult to contend with, especially in today’s technology-driven social media landscape. Ultimately, I believe every experience (even a painful one) 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.
*Autism Spectrum Disorder