On Gender Journeys

In March 2019 I was asked to comment a bit about non-binary identities for a UK news site, and I thought it would make sense to talk about how people come to understand more about their gender position. The journalist found out that someone who was instrumental in getting the X marker on Oregon driver licenses had chosen to relinquish …

Contemplative Psychotherapy presentation at Existential-Humanistic Northwest

Earlier today I made a professional presentation on Contemplative Psychotherapy to a local Portland organization of psychotherapists. It was nice to meet with colleagues and discuss CP. My presentation covered the CP core commitments of brilliant sanity, maitri, exchange, and clinician mindfulness, and related them to Carl Rogers’s necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change. Here’s the audio file in …

New cycle of Grace Unfolding transfeminine support group starting April 2019

In a few weeks, we’re starting a new cycle of the Grace Unfolding support group for trans women and transfeminine people. If you’re looking for more community, support, understanding, and encouragement on your unique gender journey, you might consider joining our group. We meet Wednesday evenings 6:30-8pm in Southeast Portland for 12 weeks. (This group is for adults, but we …

Upcoming new cycle of our Monday night Non-Binary/Genderqueer Group – April 2019

Later this April, we’re starting a new 12-week cycle of our weekly group for non-binary and genderqueer adults. The NBGQ Support Group helps members build community, understand the non-binary/genderqueer experience and its implications, and develop support and understanding among peers. We currently have a few spots open for this group. If you’re interested, please get in touch!

New cycle of Grace Unfolding transfeminine support group starting in January

Good news— we’ll be adding new members to our Portland support group for transwomen and transfeminine people this January. This group is a great community context to get support from other transfeminine people on your journey of becoming. Check out the group page and get in touch to learn more! Or schedule a free phone screen to get the ball …

Successful research trip to Boulder

I got back from Boulder CO a few days ago, where I flew for a week to do interviews for my dissertation research. My study is on how people recover from bipolar disorder using mindfulness meditation and Buddhist psychology and philosophy. A colleague was kind enough to lend his office for the interviews, and a friend hosted me during my …

Queer Dharma talk – Sunday, Nov 4th

Please join us for this upcoming free meditation event for the queer community! Gender and the Absolute & Relative Truths: Buddhist Philosophy for the Gender Creative. Buddhism teaches the absolute truth of things as they are, and the relative truth of how things appear. Gender is likewise a construct at the playful intersection of emptiness and reality, groundless display. By …