I’m really thrilled to be joining The Inner Stage. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and share a bit about my work.
My path to becoming a therapist was a bit roundabout. I’ve always been interested in people more than anything: specifically, the ways that we connect with others, struggle, and grow. When I was younger this interest took the form of creative writing: mostly poems, short stories, and the odd fragment of a novel. In college I majored in Education, intrigued by how our schooling system fosters (or fails to foster) community, respect, and trust. I loved researching and writing about how building interpersonal connections helps students learn.
After graduating, though, it became clear to me that my heart wasn’t fully in research; it was in working directly with people to help facilitate their healing and growth. Specifically, as a queer and nonbinary (identifying as neither completely male or female) person, I wanted to provide empathetic and culturally competent psychotherapy to LGBTQ+ people. There is a great need for therapists who deeply understand and can help clients navigate issues related to gender and sexuality, and I am glad to be able to help fill that need.
While I was studying in my masters program to become a therapist, I met Valerie who introduced me to psychodrama. I fell in love with psychodrama immediately. It felt like a missing piece of my learning about therapy had instantly fallen into place. I believe that psychodrama can be a powerful tool for healing from trauma and finding our way to joy and wholeness.
At The Inner Stage, I have been able to combine my focus on the LGBTQ+ community with psychodrama-informed therapy techniques for healing. I also utilize parts work from Internal Family Systems therapy. In addition, I have found it especially rewarding to work with folks of college age (roughly 18-22 years old). This developmental period, often called “emerging adulthood,” is full of both turbulence and opportunities for growth. Emerging adults are often well-positioned to explore and work through issues related to identity, family of origin, and self-image, and I am honored to be able to help guide that process.
If you have any questions or comments for me – or if you are interested in beginning therapy sessions with me – please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
© 2019 Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP