What is Soma-Cultural?
Hensci (greetings) and welcome! - thank you for taking the time to check out my work. People visit my website for all kinds of reasons; referral, curiosity, need of professional services, and an interest in my work as a soma-cultural sex therapist and educator.
What is soma-cultural? This is a phrase I created to highlight my interest in the body and its relation to culture which helps shape, challenge, and ultimately influence our experiences. I hold values in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity. These values guide my work and inform how I understand the complex issues people experience in their lives. I apply these values to my work in psychotherapy, sex therapy, supervision, workshops and trainings, and sexuality studies.
My training as a psychotherapist and sex therapist included little information about how our varying cultures impact the way we feel, think, and behave around our sexuality. Yet, in my numerous years in the field I have not met one client for whom culture didn't play a role in the challenges they were facing in regards to their sexual health and vitality. Thankfully, my undergraduate studies as an anthropology major helped me recognize the importance of knowing the role culture plays in our personal experiences.
It is my core professional belief across all of my disciplines that in order to fully understand our lived experience, we must include an examination of how culture impacts our bodies.
"Walker there is no path, the path is made by walking"
- Antonio Machado
I have been in the mental health field for over a decade, starting as a volunteer at a hospice in New York City where I also worked with HIV and chronic pain patients. This led me to a deeper inquiry of how emotional pain impacts the body.
After completing my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology I worked in the Bay Area of California in private practice internships as well as providing therapy at a local high school in San Francisco. Currently I have a private practice where I see a variety of clients who are experiencing life challenges, most related to sexual health and wellness.
In addition to my work in mental health, I am also a college professor where I have taught courses on Native American sexuality, Native American feminism, social justice work in therapy, couples counseling, multicultural counseling, and human sexuality.
I have been a frequent contributor to Native America Calling on issues relating to Two-Spirit people, sexuality, and mental health issues. In 2008, I was featured on Logo TV's Click List and was voted one of the top 10 music videos of the year for my song/video What's Your Name, which also went on the win the 2008 Song of the Year award from the Stonewall Society for the Arts.
PhD - Human Sexuality, Concentration in Clinical Practice
Masters Degree - Counseling Psychology
Bachelors Degree - Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude
Associates Degree - Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy
Yoga teacher certification - 300 hr RYT training
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