Helping others return back to their instincts
Hello! My name is Chase and my pronouns really don't bother me, I promise! My adjectives are awesome and grounded. As you can probably tell, I'm not your traditional therapist. I not only work with the queer and LGBTQPIA+ community, I am part of the queer community. Therefore I am able to offer a safe and comfortable environment without having to feel like you are educating your therapist about what it means to be queer.
I've been working in the mental health field and consulting with companies on diversity and inclusion since 2013. My journey started with an opportunity with AmeriCorps by looking and conservation crews, expanding their diversity and equipping their crew leaders with training in mental health. Following that year of service, I found myself working in a youth and adolescent mental health hospital. There I began to see the need in having a queer identified therapist for the queer community. Knowing your therapist identifies as queer or as part of the LGBTQPIA community helps eliminate that fear and hesitation of coming to therapy.
My approaches are varied, as I try to come with the approach that best fits your need. I do come from a person-centered approach, this allows me to get to know you as a person rather than just another client. This approach also allows you to set the pace of our sessions and what you want to accomplish. I also use DBT and CBT as an approach and for those that are ready for a more "in your face approach" choice theory is also great. And of course I use queer theory, this theory allows me to look at societal norms and pressures that we have been pressured to conform to and if this really allows you to be your authentic self.
I've also been adding some Jungian theory into my approach. Let's talk about how your spirituality can help you grow, learn more about your subconscious and how to bring actions into your awareness to be more aware of what this looks like for you. Got a favorite crystal? Let's talk about it and how you think it helps you heal in this crazy world.
While traditional talk therapy can be intimidating, I want to help make you as most comfortable as possible. I want to know what makes you excited about life, what you are learning about yourself! If you want to spend an hour info dumping on the latest anime you have been watching or how Taylor Swift sings to your soul, I want to know!
When I am not working, I'm out exploring this beautiful place we call Earth with my two dogs. Everest is a pure Heinz 57 mix of mainly Cattle Dog and pit bull, but 100% cuddler. What makes her unique is she is deaf and has been since birth. Everest has taught me communication doesn't have to be 100% verbal. Her little sister, Juneau, is only but a pup, of 50% German Shepherd and 50% Malamute and is sure to bring some kind of attention to herself. Juneau is teaching us both patience and how to laugh even in the darkest and must frustrating of times.
Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, PATH Intl.
Mental Health First Aid and Crisis
Specialized in Trauma and Crisis