i am a somatic counsellor & facilitator whose guiding vision is 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 work is shaped primarily by somatic experiencing (practitioner training in process), cultural somatics, and generative somatics (via my mentor vanissar tarakali). my personal embodied practices include yoga āsana & therapeutics, wxmb cxre & other movement workshops, bdsm within leatherdyke community, and underground house & techno as music/dance/culture. furthermore, i have trained in trauma-aware conflict transformation with rain crowe, suicide intervention as professional mental health standard & as community caretaking practice, and birth work. i am a proud first-cohort member of the turtle tank incubator for radical love & freedom, and i have over a decade of experience doing community support work, training, and facilitation.
my approach is grounded in mad pride/liberatory mental health models, harm reduction, and ongoing consent. i often work with clients & facilitate workshops around healing, madness, body wisdom, leather/bdsm, non-monogamy, writing & other creative/care practices, and healthy relationships including consent, boundaries, and conflict. my training is eternally ongoing and unconventional, and intentionally outside institutional and academic frameworks of social work, psychology, and psychiatry. many of my clients are queer, trans, bipoc, &/or sex workers. i am committed to being shaped by teachers who centre dignity for me and those i serve in the skills and perspectives they teach.
i am a cis queer femme who understands herself through many lineages of blood, choice, experience, and impact. 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 nations. i grew up near the ocean on kumeyaay territory (san diego north county). as someone who benefits from historical and ongoing colonization, i am working to hold that power with integrity and accountability.