I’m a white, queer, trans Southerner. I’m a devoted companion to my two dogs, Ted and Fern, and my cat, Forest. I love hiking, gardening, cooking, and reading. I deeply value both my biological and my chosen families. I spend a lot of time thinking about politics, human nature, and generational healing. I’m committed to anti-racism work and to dismantling gender and sexual orientation as organizing structures for power in society.
Center image courtesy of Dare Kumolo-Johnson
I have a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in direct practice from UNC Chapel Hill and hold an associate’s license from the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. While completing my degree at UNC CH, I had two field placements. My most recent placement was at Duke’s Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic, where I spent a year and a half. At Duke, I did individual therapy, group therapy, assessment, and case management with intersex, trans, non-binary, and questioning young people and their families. Prior to Duke, I did intake, case management, and brief therapy with uninsured and underinsured clients at UNC’s Internal Medicine Clinic.
I have training education, and/or experience with Relational-Cultural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and therapeutic horticulture.
I have also had the opportunity to participate in a year-long therapeutic horticulture training program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and will be done with that training in June 2019.
Before returning to UNC, I worked in public health and community engagement for a decade, addressing issues such as HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. I have experience volunteering as a domestic violence response worker and formerly worked full-time at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence for almost 5 years. I graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2003, where I double-majored in Psychology and Modern German History and Culture.
Because I believe my budget reflects my values, I strive to be open about how I prioritize my own professional development. In 2019, I plan to attend the following trainings and conferences:
The Southern Trans Health and Wellness Conference
Roots and Resilience: White Antiracism and Spirituality
UNC Clinical Lecture Institute – Values as Guiding Principles: Learning to Leverage Values Work in ACT
North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Certificate Program in Therapeutic Horticulture
I owe my ability to practice healing work to the people who have loved and supported me in my journey. While not an exhaustive list, I am especially grateful to the following people for their mentorship and friendship:
My parents, who love and nourish me unconditionally and inspire me with their generosity
My sisters, nieces, and their crews, who embrace my idiosyncrasies and make my world a safer place
My partner, whose big heart and brain bring so much goodness to my life
My chosen family members, who constantly affirm me and remind me of the power of queer love
Sue Dooley, the first and most beloved social worker in my life, whose great love for people made an early impression on me
Pat Harper, who was larger than life and held me fiercely during a tough time
Knapp and Farmer, who always made time to talk and provided shelter from the storm
Lerita Coleman Brown and Kathy Kennedy, who helped me believe that my dreams are worth following
Suki Dooley, who was the best healer I’ve ever known
Vivette Jeffries Logan and Judy Chaet, elders whose love and support has nourished and taught me.
Tavi Hawn, who first showed me that it is possible to be trans
Liz Gunn, who taught me that not all unknowns are to be feared
Dani Strauss and Marty Weems, who walk beside me in this work with creativity, compassion, and courage