About Perri

The Short Version

I am a clinical social worker and addiction counselor who provides weekly psychotherapy to adults and teenagers. I support many identities, expressions, and paths. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy.

I have been working in mental health since 2005 and I am furthering my knowledge by pursuing a PhD in social work. My experience ranges from residential treatment to private practice, focusing my work on serving underrepresented folks.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, SUNY Potsdam
  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
  • Master of Art, Women’s Studies, Loyola University Chicago
  • PhD Candidate, Social Work, Smith College

Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #9923477
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor #437
  • Reiki Master
  • Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist #12114

Experience

  • residential substance abuse treatment (female identified clients and their families)
  • trauma therapist at Denver County Jail through a community grant (female identified clients experiencing mental illness and problematic substance use)
  • individual therapy to active injection users and their families at a public health agency
  • individual therapy for trans* and genderqueer folks and their loved ones
  • adults, children, and families to facilitate healing
  • private practice with adults and adolescents
  • supervisor and consultant for psychodynamic psychotherapy practitioners
  • classroom teacher for graduate level social work students

Approaches

My approach in the therapy room is unique, progressive, and refreshing, offering various techniques, interventions, and theoretical foundations. I ground my orientation in psychodynamic psychotherapy, feminist theory, harm reduction, and the recovery model. Conceptualizing client systems, formulating treatment plans, and refining interventions are some of my favorite clinical activities. I offer therapy and training in the following areas of clinical practice:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Relational and intersubjectivity theory
  • Developmental and complex trauma
  • PTSD, secondary trauma
  • Substance use disorders and recovery
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Energy healing
  • Attachment Theory
  • Family healing and parent development
  • LGBTQ* community
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Harm reduction model
  • Gender-responsive treatment
  • Culturally responsive treatment
  • Underrepresented populations
  • Privilege and oppression
  • Dual diagnosis in adults
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Meditation and visualization