Helping others return back to their instincts
Hello! My name is Chase and my pronouns really don't bother me, I promise! 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.
While traditional talk therapy can be intimidating, I can always meet you outside of the office at a park to go for a work and learn how to become centered. I do have two co-therapists (dogs) that can tag along and both have their own specialties. Ben is a Jack Russel/ Beagle mix that has learned how to cope with anxiety and struggles with terminal illness. Ben prefers to stay in office as his anxiety gets to high at the park. Everest is a pure mix that loves being mindful in the park and going on walks. Everest has rigid boundaries due to trauma and prefers to only meet at the park. Please be on the look out for a new page that talks all about the dogs!
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