Hello! My name is AJ Draz and my pronouns are she/her/they/them. I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker (#112217), supervised by Georgie Kelly, LPCC#9136. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Gender Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Social Work from Portland State University. I have worked with the LGBTQIA+ community in various capacities for over ten years. I identify as nonbinary and queer.
My previous positions include working at New Avenues for Youth drop in center, where I worked with young people experiencing homelessness. I provided counseling and resource linkage to clients ages 16-24 in this role. At the organization Share I provided case management and support services to individuals and families in a transitional housing program. I have worked extensively with children and adolescents in both school settings and non-profits, offering social-emotional tools and life skills.
My approach to therapy is client-centered, strengths-based, and rooted in building authentic relationships. I bring openness, humor, and deep listening into my work. Mindfulness practices also inform the ways that I aim to support people. My priority is to create a space that feels safe and affirming so that you can comfortably show up and explore what is alive for you.
More information about me can also be found at my Therapy Den profile.