A FEW THINGS I'D LIKE YOU TO KNOW ABOUT ME.
I always identify as a queer vegetarian femme-inist of color. I sometimes identify as a closeted introverted activist. I use she|her|hers and they|them|their pronouns. I practice and write about tarot for self care, do yoga, get daily therapy from my pup and kittens, and will self-prescribe deep breaths to anyone and everyone. I really believe in this work. Self-exploration and consciousness raising are powerful agents in the process of healing. I think that whether you're having a conversation with your inner critic, your inner cheerleader, a friend, a foe, a therapist, a life coach, a colleague, or a classroom full of people you can be a catalyst for change. It's your choice if this change is positive or negative. Therapy, life coaching, education, and consulting happens to be a format for sharing consciousness that works for me. I'd be really honored if I could be helpful in your journey or even support you finding the perfect fit elsewhere!
THE LETTERS AFTER MY NAME.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Gender Studies with a Focus in Sexuality from the University of California, San Diego (2006) and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, Orange County (2011). I completed my clinical practicum at The LGBT Center, Orange County. During my time at The Center OC I provided individual, couples, and group counseling services. I also assisted with the administration of The Center OC's low cost sliding scale counseling program and facilitated trainings/workshops on affirming and culturally competent care for the LGBTQ community. I am a CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #86600) currently in private practice with offices in Old Towne Orange and Fullerton. Along with my clinical training in Mental Health I am also a Cloud Nine trained Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Unfortunately, due to the fullness of my practice I'm not currently teaching any regular studio classes but you're welcome to contact me for private individual/group classes.
LGBTQ | NON-MONOGAMOUS | KINK | SEX WORKER
AFFIRMATIVE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE HEALING SERVICES
Individual and Couples Therapy for Adults and Young Adults
Therapy for Youth on a Limited Basis Around Gender and Sexual Orientation Journeys
Consultations for Other Providers Looking to Increase Their LGBTQ, Polyamorous, Kink, and Sex Worker Cultural Competency
Support With Accessing Gender Transition Services (Including Letter Writing)
Diversity Aware and Affirming Life Coaching
Educational Workshops and Diversity Assessments for Organizations and Companies
SERVICE FOCUS AREAS.
Identity Formation and Exploration (Especially gender and sexual orientation)
Sexuality in Individuals and Couples
Self-Care for Healers and Activists
Those Struggling with Queer, Marginalized and Intersectional Experiences
Navigating Power dynamics (i.e. institutional, cultural, familial, play and kink)
Families of Choice and Polyamorous Individuals, Couples and Families
The "Coming Out" Process and the "Finding Out" Process
Emotional Sustainability and Self-Care in Sex Work
Empowerment and Agency Building in Individuals
Healing from Micro Agressions, Discrimination, Oppression and Trauma
Experiences as Queer People of Color
AREAS OF COMPREHENSION
The Social Construction of Gender: The cultural and social creation of gender. The policing of gendered bodies, gender identities and gender presentation and performance.
Institutional Gate Keeping + Gender Discrimination: Legal, medical and political biases challenging the affirming care of transgender and gender variant individuals-- especially in regards to requiring mental health assessments for hormone replacement and surgery.
Power in the Egalitarian Therapy Room: Consciousness to intersectionality and the effects of intersectionality on the therapeutic relationship. Critical Analysis of safe and egalitarian space creation.
Privilege + Oppresion: Validating lived experiences of oppression rather than pathologizing environmental and situationally invoked symptoms. Utilizing acceptance of privilege to increase sense of internal locus of control and effectiveness in daily functioning.
Queerness and Marginalization: Critical understanding of how experiences of queerness and marginalization affect core personality and beliefs about oneself.
SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/Interviews.
INTERVIEW ON THERAPY CABLE
ONGOING COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Affirming Care + Best Practices: Serving the LGBTQ Community
SANTIAGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE WELLNESS SERIES 2013-2014
Stigma + Violence: How it Looks and How it Can Be Prevented on Campus
Gender Privilege: Exploring Gender Privilege, Power, and Safety in Our Communities
EVERYDAY FEMINISM's School for Social Justice, Still available online
PROJECTS AND ASSOCIATIONS.
Rebelle Society: Using Our Brokenness to Let the Light In
COM|PASSionate REVOLT: Core Work for Conscious Practice
Transformation Magazine, COM|PASSionate Counsel Column