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Elliot Thomas

MA, LMHC (he/him)

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At its most basic, therapy is a space to get help if you feel like something in your life needs to change, but you’re struggling to make that change happen, or to even identify what needs to be different.

My approach to therapy is guided first and foremost by the relationship we build together. I believe in creating a space of mutual respect, consent, and empowerment, and I see these components as essential to effecting the changes you want to see for yourself. I also consider every client’s social positionality—your mental health and wellbeing will always be impacted by the systems of privilege and oppression that exist in our society. Building upon this foundation, I primarily work through the lens of Internal Family Systems (IFS). This evidence-based practice uses the concept that we are all composed of “parts” of ourselves that serve specific roles, and that often, these roles developed in challenging conditions that required us not to show up as our whole Selves. Using IFS, we work with these “parts” to find new, adaptive ways of being, and to make room for our core Self to finally lead.

I have worked in the mental health field since 2012, across both inpatient and outpatient settings, and have focused almost my entire career on serving everyone under the “sexual minorities” umbrella—queer, trans, poly, kinky, LGBTQ+, and so on. I’m especially passionate about working with folks who have trauma histories, particularly interpersonal trauma and trauma related to the medical system. I believe that everyone has their own unique road to recovery, which includes not only access to therapy, but also strong community connections, stable health and home, and a sense of purpose. As a therapist, I bring a grounded, focused energy to sessions; I give direct feedback; and I incorporate a lot of humor and metaphor in our work together. I look forward to meeting you and seeing where this journey takes us.

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