I was born in Laredo Texas and grew up between there and Dallas in north Texas as a queer, mixed-race, light-skinned latinx. After turning eighteen I moved to Port Townsend Washington where I lived for a few years homesteading and learning about farming and small impact living. During that time I also worked seasonally as a sailor on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching about river ecology and sailing, which brought me to New York. After sailing for a few years I deciding to go to college and moved to Olympia Washington to attend The Evergreen State College. I graduated with a degree in Multi-Cultural Psychology and worked in various capacities as a counselor at different agencies in Seattle.
First, I worked in group homes for foster care youth, then another group home primarily for LGBTQ youth, finally as an advocate where I counseled domestic violence survivors at an agency serving the LGBTQ community in Seattle. These experiences led me to pursue a masters degree in social work. I packed up and moved to New York City and spent my summers studying at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton Massachusetts. Once I earned my Masters degree and was licensed as a clinical social worker I served as a therapist at an outpatient mental health clinic for many years. I now run a private practice out of Kingston New York and see all my clients virtually.
"An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience."