In addition to holding queer and gender non-conforming identities, I am multicultural and social justice oriented from the start of my career as a mental health counselor. This is integral to the work I do. Not only focusing on personal social identities but on shifting the systems and cultures that bear real impacts on the lives of those who identify as not being or centering heteronormative and cisgender experience. These shifts might happen in how we ourselves relate to these systems and cultures, or in creatively exploring the unique paths we are forging for ourselves. I say we, because this is much more than an individual process. Each individual gets to choose the people that supports them and affirms who they are and how they live. Each individual affirms and co-creates a community of support that can be of significant benefit to them and those around them.
My specific trainings include but are not limited to: Faith Trust Institute’s: Healthy Boundaries and Train the Trainers 101 & 204 (2020); Multicultural Counseling Perspectives at Naropa University Masters of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology (2012-2017); 33-hr Paraprofessional Anti-Violence Training with Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence and a one-year counseling internship there (2016/2017); TRANSforming Gender Conferences at University of Colorado, Boulder (2014, 2015, 2017); USABP Social Justice and Bodypsychotherapy (2017); ADTA’s Coming Out in the Age of Religious Freedom Act: Unique Challenges & Approaches in Therapy and Non-Conforming Bodies: The Role of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in DMT (2015); WING’s Facilitator Training (2014); How to Be An Ally Trainings and Team Member at Naropa University (2010-2012).
My publications and presentations include: European Rainbow Wake Up Ambassador Panelist (2020); Transcending Book Launch Author Panelist; Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, WA (2020); Trans is Home: Bancit and All in Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices. Eds. Kevin Manders and Elizabeth Marston, (2019); TRANSforming Gender Conference Presenter, Embodied Narratives: Stories of Empowerment and Survival through Breath Movement and Song (2017); and Seattle Pride Performer and Volunteer, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA (2003).