Haley is a Counseling Intern and writer working actively toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. Haley holds additional training in working with those dealing with disordered eating, eating disorders, dieting, body shame, weight bias, and trauma. Working from a trauma-informed lens, Haley works to facilitate a collaborative and empowering approach to counseling. Their theoretical approach stems from a radical social justice paradigm with the incorporation of liberation-based healing practices, expressive arts therapy, feminist, and relational-cultural theory. Haley works from an anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-diet, sex-positive, pro-disability justice, kink positive, fat positive, queer-friendly, polyam-friendly, trauma-informed, and strengths-based perspective. Haley invites individuals, persons in any variety of relationship(s), and those of all ages to work with them. Haley is especially interested in serving queer, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals, and those holding oppressed identities who are dealing with eating disorders, disordered eating, dieting, body shame, trauma, and the trauma of oppression.
As a white, queer, trans & non-binary, neurodivergent, able-bodied, currently in a smaller body, low-income, US-born & documented, first-generation college student & service provider, I hold both privileged and oppressed identities*. I recognize that my identities and the inherent power differences in the client-counselor setting will impact our relationship. I acknowledge the ways in which clients, particularly those holding oppressed identities, are often diminished in voice and choice and are recipients of coercive treatment. As a service provider, I am engaged in the lifelong process of unlearning oppressive biases and beliefs including white supremacy, racism, capitalism, colonialism, ableism, fatphobia, and cisheteropatriarchal standards.
In our work together, you will be supported in shared decision-making, choice, agency, and empowerment to determine your own unique path of healing. I view myself as a facilitator of healing rather than a controller of healing. Throughout the counseling process, I welcome feedback, disagreement, and authentic and honest communication. As a service provider, my role is to serve you. My counseling style is highly relational and I will be warm, authentic, transparent, and human in our work together.
*I list my identities as a way to recognize who I am and what perspectives I bring to the counseling relationship. I label my whiteness as a way to recognize that I hold white privilege and will never face discrimination or violence due to the color of my skin. I write, “in a smaller body” as a way to recognize that I move through the world with thin privilege and do not face barriers or discrimination due to my body size in a fatphobia world. I write, “able-bodied” as a way to recognize that I do not live with a physical disability and move throughout the world with able-bodied privilege. I write, “US Born & documented” as a way to recognize that I move through this world with the privilege of being born in the US and without fear of ICE, deportation, or the additional barriers being undocumented creates. I write, “neurodivergent”, in order to name that I live with a mental disability. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the inclusion of my identities in this bio please feel free to reach out – It is an honor to hear the perspectives of others and I am immensely appreciative of the opportunity to learn from others.
→SAMSHA Trauma-Informed Care Principles
→Liberatory-based Healing Practices
→Food Psych #150: Disordered Eating & Gender Identity with Sand Chang
→How to Fight Fatphobia in Woke Spaces with Melissa Toler
→Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders
→Changing the Framework: Disability Justice
→The Body is Not an Apology