What is "intersectionality"?
As our world becomes increasingly diverse, there is a growing need for mental health counselors who approach identity from a broad lens. Intersectional Therapies seeks to aid in the exploration of various aspects that comprise identity, including: race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disabilities, socioeconomic status, and privileges & disadvantages. Self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-compassion are key components of mental health and greatly contribute to our ability to show up in the world, with our friends, at our jobs, with our partners, and within a changing political landscape.
I believe strongly that life is lived in the margins, through adversity and conflict. No matter where we've come from or where we're headed, we encounter setbacks, traumas, and crises that impede our progress. I am passionate about providing support for individuals, couples, and families who are interested in deepening interpersonal relationships, explore personal identity and individuation, and align personal, social, spiritual, and professional aspirations, and to deepen their relationship with diversity, power, and privilege.
"When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to the patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other and both interests lose."
-Kimberlé Crenshaw, from Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color
Coined by UCLA & Columbia University professor of law and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality speaks to the overlapping social identities which contribute to our experiences of reality. This is especially true for minorities, who are frequently impacted by multiple areas of marginalization.