Max is a resident in counseling in Virginia. They hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Through the SOAR Program, Max provides virtual services to children, adults of all ages, couples, and families. Max is passionate about providing all clients with individualized care that is affirming, non-pathologizing, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based.
Max has two years of experience in community-based work. They have supported individuals and families with a range of backgrounds and a variety of presenting needs, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, BPD, relationship struggles, parenting, systemic oppression, chronic illness, internalized fatphobia, grief, suicidality, self-harm, substance misuse, and religious/spiritual reconstruction. Prior to working in a community-based setting, Max worked for two years as a direct support professional for autistic children and intellectually disabled adults.
Max especially enjoys supporting those who are exploring their neurodivergence and LGBTQIA+ related needs. Max’s open-minded perspective, extensive clinical training, and lived experience informs their unique passion for understanding others, regardless of the individual’s background, identity, and neurotype. Max believes that their role as a therapist is to respect and empower clients as the experts of their own lives. Max joins their clients so they can feel heard and validated while collaboratively exploring emotions, core beliefs, unmet needs, desires, and experiences. Because there is no “one-size-fits-all” in therapy, Max tailors their approach to suit unique goals and needs, drawing from diverse perspectives and modalities, with a special focus on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, neurodiversity, and body positivity.
Max sees it as an honor and privilege to be present with other humans, sharing a vulnerable experience and connection in the therapeutic relationship. Outside of counseling, they enjoy activism and community care, video games, cartoons, art and crafts, yoga, reading, earth-based spirituality, good food, and watching their two cats ruin their apartment.
Max’s WBMA site supervisor is Dr. Jaclyn Halpern, and their Virginia supervisor is Shakoya Hicks, Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCS, LCMHCS.