Fundamentally, we are social beings, embedded in complicated social relationships. It is my belief that many struggles people face are linked to how they experience these relationships and how larger structural and societal issues impact these relationships.
Adriana brings genuine curiosity, warmth, compassion, and a sense of humor to the therapeutic relationship. She uses a strength-based and relational approach focused on promoting long-lasting change. With her clients, she strives to build a foundation of trust and safety. Adriana then works collaboratively to explore a client’s past and current life experiences within a non-judgmental environment. While thoughtful exploration of past experiences can be an important and powerful aspect of therapy, Adriana also encourages her clients to employ their insight in helping to motivate future change. Adriana works side-by-side with her clients in the healing process, helping them to pave the way toward a more authentic and satisfying life.
Adriana is unique in that she is both a research sociologist and a practicing mental health counselor. She comes to the therapeutic relationship with specific expertise in issues surrounding sexualities, gender, and social inequality. She works with adults, families, and couples and has experience working with depression and anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, grief, personality disorders and severe mental health concerns, social difficulties, and issues surrounding gender and sexual identity. She is also a poly- and kink-aware counselor and welcomes working with clients who are creating and living in non-heteronormative families and relationship structures.
Adriana received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Colgate University. She has earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of British Columbia.