Annette believes that healing and empowerment are wholly achievable and begin with a trusting therapist-client relationship in a supportive, accepting therapeutic environment. She approaches therapy as a collaborative process of exploration and empowerment, and provides affirming, non-judgmental, strengths-based treatment emphasizing the individual. Her work with clients is firmly rooted in humanistic and interpersonal approaches, and is informed by an eclectic variety of modalities, including EMDR, DBT, ACT, and Emotion-Focused Therapy, adapted to individual needs.
Annette has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and provides a sex-positive, affirming space. She also has extensive experience working with people coping with a diverse range of concerns, including trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships (both monogamous and ethically/consensually non-monogamous), race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, life transitions, substance misuse, chronic illness, sexual assault, and grief and loss. Annette is also a kink-aware counselor.
During her ten years of clinical experience, Annette has worked at a variety of community agencies and clinics, including Whitman-Walker in Washington, D.C., providing care to adults in both mental health and addiction services in individual and group settings. Annette earned her master's degree from the University of Tennessee and also completed the National Group Therapy Institute two-year program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is currently working toward EMDR certification through EMDRIA.