Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
The stories we tell ourselves matter. A lot of people tell themselves that they are trapped, not worthy, too different, or unable to change their situation. But what if you could tell a different story? What if you could acknowledge the discrimination you’ve faced, and maybe still face moving through our society every day? What if you could start to heal, shift your story, and grow into your own power?
Lots of things keep us from our most powerful selves. The family we grew up with and the experiences we had as children definitely shape how we see the world. Maybe you were told there’s only one “right” way of being, one way to live, one way to love. We are also shaped by the way society treats us – our daily interactions with people and institutions. If you hold a marginalized identity, you might feel like people treat you like the “other,” or devalue your voice and contributions. Maybe you’ve carried these messages with you your whole life, without ever stepping back to question them, or maybe you’ve been fighting against these messages for years. Either way, therapy can help you come to a deep sense of self-trust, so your own voice gives you the message of your worth.
In our society, there are systems that aren’t designed to serve you well. There are spaces where you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or different. It’s even trickier when you’re bi-cultural/multi-ethnic/multi-racial, or have other intersecting identities and trying to find the balance of your true self. I know what it’s like to traverse two different worlds at the same time and try to make sense of it.
I want to work with you if you are learning to love living in a fat body. I want to work with you if you are experiencing life as a mixed or a person of color. I want to work with you if you are exploring your gender and sexuality, especially if you are doing that in your retirement years. Everyone comes to this work with different intersections of identities, and it is my job to help you figure out where you want to go.
There are lots of things in society that are too taboo, or you feel you can’t talk about who you are and what experiences you’ve really had. I’m not afraid to talk about things like oppression — and to be blunt and honest about it. We need to be able to openly explore and talk about the things that matter, the things that impact the way you experience life. I will validate the experiences you have, and I will trust that your assessment of the situation is real and valid. Over time, I hope you’ll trust yourself too.
I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (#LW61102423).
Please note that I am going to remain on teletherapy (video counseling) even after the office reopens to in-person sessions.
Esther offers individual counseling (not couples). She sees teens 15+ and adults.
Important: If this is a crisis or you need immediate support, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or go to your nearest emergency room. Catalyst Counseling cannot provide emergency services.