Justine holds a BA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker under the supervision of Kate MacShane, LCSW-C.
Justine is licensed in Maryland and can provide telehealth sessions for clients physically located in Maryland. She sees clients in person in our Frederick office.
Justine is a white, queer, transfeminine therapist. Her approach to treatment is compassionate, irreverent, and strengths-based. She enjoys helping teenagers, adults, and partnerships deepen their relationships with themselves and others. As a transfeminine therapist, she considers the ways in which structural oppression impacts individual well-being. She works with people of all identities, especially LGBTQ+ individuals, non-monogamous and kinky folks, and neurodivergent people.
Justine draws upon psychodynamic, narrative, humanistic, transfeminist, and other liberatory approaches in her work with clients. Bringing enthusiasm and joy to each connection she builds in practice, she strives to create a gentle, supportive space for those who have experienced formative and ongoing traumas. Justine regards therapy as a laboratory for discerning and developing life change. She believes that by considering therapy, clients already possess the innate capacity and bravery to pursue healing and growth.
Justine brings previous experience working in special education settings and leading LGBTQ+ affirming care initiatives at Behavioral Health Network’s Empowerment Project for Gender and Sexual Minorities in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her approach is informed by her time as a community educator and organizer for gender-affirming policy in institutions of higher education. She has previous tenure in performing arts, creative and scholarly writing, and culinary arts, all of which she continues to grow and develop throughout her own journey as a therapist and a person.