Varney sees the therapeutic relationship as a base from which to explore, connect, and heal. Through use of curiosity, humor, and empathy, she seeks to foster a collaborative, affirming and gently challenging environment. Varney works with clients to identify, process, and reflect on past experiences that may be affecting their lives in the present. Varney sees a primary goal of therapy as working to understand one's inner-world in order to access more freedom and authenticity in how one connects with themself and the world around them.
Varney comes to this work from a background in early childhood education and clinical services for families experiencing houselessness. Varney’s specialties include queer and trans identity exploration and relationship concerns, complex and attachment trauma, anxiety/depression, and young/emerging adulthood. Varney’s approach to therapy is client-centered, trauma-informed, and relational. Her work primarily draws from psychodynamic, feminist, and attachment theories. Varney recognizes how systems of oppression affect our lives in conscious and unconscious ways and seeks to incorporate a social justice lens to all her work. She is particularly interested in identity formation, life transitions, relationship issues, and family systems. Varney believes that clients are the experts on their own experiences and seeks to support clients in forming their own narratives.
Education and Training
MSW • University of Pennsylvania
BA • Anthropology & Psychology • Bennington College
Areas of Specialization
Substance use and addiction, depression, grief, abuse, eating disorders, sexuality, gender, race, trauma and PTSD, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, children
Social justice oriented