my work is to support you in building more fluent communication and collaboration with the embodied wisdom that is your birthright.
i have over a decade of experience doing community support work within queer communities, around issues including gendered violence, chronic illness, madness/mental illness, non-monogamy, healthy relationships, substance use & addiction, major life transitions, leather & kink, creative practice, and trauma of many types, including that resulting from systemic oppression. my approach is grounded in mad pride/liberatory mental health models, harm reduction, self-accountability, and skillful consent. my training is eternally ongoing and unconventional: you can check my lineage page for more details about my teachers. i am committed to being shaped by people who center dignity for me and those i serve in the skills and perspectives they teach.
i live and make family as a white settler of german, jewish, scottish, and english descent in tio'tia:ke, a longtime gathering place of many indigenous nations, on unceded territory whose caretakers are the kanien'kehá:ka people, past, present, and future. this land has been a meeting place for many nations, including algonquin, anishnaabe, huron-wendat, and haudenosaunee. i grew up near the ocean on kumeyaay territory (san diego north county), and travel regularly to tkaronto (haudenosaunee territory) & odawa (algonquin territory). as someone who benefits from historical and ongoing colonization, i am working to hold that power with integrity and accountability. i am a cis queer femme who understands herself through many lineages of blood, choice, experience, and impact. i believe that all bodies are wise, and that this wisdom is at the heart of transformation: for personal and collective healing & liberation, which are intertwined.
my writing has appeared in the Hard Femme Poetics e-zine from Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s Hard Femme Poetics writing course, We Believe You: Femmes Surviving Toxic Masculinity ed. Andi Grace, Salacious Mag (r.i.p. 2010-2013), and baldhip magazine. i have facilitated writing workshops in tio'tia:ke since 2014, collaborating with malaika aleba (ste-émilie skillshare writing workshop, 2014) and alisha mascarenhas (shadow writing workshop, 2017). i have also taught at naked heart lgbtq festival of words, venus envy, mcgill university, concordia university, tio'tia:ke-based nonprofits, and queer leather events in the tio'tia:ke/tkaronto/odawa triangle.
my cozy, femme-y office is near métro lionel-groulx, up one flight of stairs. it has a bright window with curtains, a large couch & armchair, a floor mat or massage table, non-fluorescent lamps, crystals for fidgeting/holding, plants, blankets, all kinds of pillows & props, tarot cards, index cards & pens. there is a single gender-neutral washroom on the same floor, which unfortunately is very chemically scented. my office itself is as low-scent as possible. if my office is not accessible to you, i am happy to meet you at a location that is &/or offer online video sessions.