As we move through the holiday season, I am reflecting on some of the activities I engaged in this year.
As a part of Bay Area Open Minds, I organized our participation in the SF Trans March, I worked our booth at Folsom Street Fair, and I organized a lunch for our clinicians at Dark Odyssey: Surrender. DO was a great conference and I was excited to be out and about in the community, meet new people, and reconnect with friends.
I taught didactics on Open Relationships, Gender, BDSM/Kink Relationships, and Using Culture in Psychotherapy at Haight Ashbury Psychological Services and I guest taught in the Couples Therapy class at Notre Dame de Namur. I am working on the Human Sexuality course I will teach this spring at Golden Gate University.
I continue to work as an EAP counselor for Concern EAP at Google in San Francisco and I gave a well-received presentation on Gender in Psychotherapy to the Concern EAP offsite clinicians. I also continue to see private practice clients in my San Francisco office.
In the coming year, I plan to do more teaching, to work on my book about attachment and open relationships, and to continue seeing clients at both locations. A new clinical interest has been working with gender as a spectrum. By this I mean working with people that find themselves somewhere between cisgender and transgender. This is something that grew out of my own experience with gender as well as out of who has been coming through my door and what I have been asked to speak about. I look forward to more exploration of this topic as well as nurturing myself as a therapist in general.
Last but not least, this year saw me make a change in my appearance by dying my hair first teal and then blue. This change has been interesting in terms of how and with whom I connect and it has given me food for thought in terms of working with clients that make significant, visible changes in their appearance and their lives.