Hi there, I'm Maverick / 鹤风
they / xe / 佢
Connect to Self, Love, and Others
By connecting into my Self, my identity, my values, I am able to access my Love and express it outwards. I want to align my Self towards this state of being in all that I do and use it as the guide towards what I seek to change.
I grew up on Kwakwaka'wakw land (colonially known as Port McNeill, BC) for all of my childhood and teen years. Shortly after graduating, I moved here, where I now reside on Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Sto:lo, Stz'uminus, and Musqueam land (colonially known as Burnaby, BC). I am a settler and an uninvited guest on Turtle Island who is thankful to enjoy, breathe and practice upon this land.
Mutual aid is a big part of my practice, and I ensure that each month part of the funds I have set aside for mutual aid goes to the Indigenous activists and matriarchs that I am learning from. In many cases, it also goes to folks in need of transition funds, whom I learn about through social media like Twitter. If you have a transition fundraiser that you need boosting, please feel free to share the link with me through Twitter DMs (@queerlich). I am compiling a Carrd with various mutual aid projects that I care about that you can access here. Currently, I am working on expanding that Carrd into a living document of sorts (either a blog post or webpage on this site) that will be a transparent look at how mutual aid is a part of my practice.
I am a queer person of third-generation Chinese diaspora, who is still trying to learn Cantonese despite knowing my maternal grandparents are no longer alive for me to converse with and all my aunts and uncles speak English. The only memory I have of my Po-po is when I went to visit her with my parents and sisters. She didn't speak English to us, but I wanted her to know that I loved her. So I asked one of my uncles how to say "I love you" in Cantonese. He coached me through it, and then I walked up to my Po-po and enunciated it as well as a child can with less than 5 mins of practice. She embraced me in a firm hug and teared up. Even after she was finished hugging me, she held onto my hand for a moment longer. I didn't know what she was saying, but I could tell it was emotional and grateful. This memory still stands out to me as a time where I felt connected to her and my ancestry.
I am neurodivergent (self-diagnosed Autistic), and have lived a lifetime with mental illness and suicidality. I still struggle from time to time (healing is life-long after all) but I am grateful to not experience it with the same intensity that I used to. I play tabletop roleplaying games with my friends and express my Self through art in my spare time. From visual mediums like digital painting to singing along to my mediocre guitar skills, I cannot imagine my life without some involvement of my creative and sensitive nature.
While I know this doesn't nearly describe the depth of who I am as a person or the experiences I have had, I hope it provides just a little more information in your search for someone to support your journey of Queer Healing. I also know that my own experiences aren't enough to understand everything you will come to the table with, so I constantly learn from others and educate myself to make sure I don't perpetrate harm. I am always open to feedback, especially if it's getting in the way of you feeling safe, held, and celebrated in our work.
Education & Experience
I have been working with the Tarot since 2016 and continue to be a student to all it has to teach me. It is what originally led me to pursue an education in Counselling, as I found some of the topics people wanted to talk about within our small tarot sessions were things I was unequipped to deal with. While I expressed empathy and offered guidance as much as I could, I could tell something was missing from our work. So, I sought out and received my Professional Counsellors Diploma from Rhodes Wellness College, where I graduated in the Spring of 2020. From then on, I practiced as a registered counsellor until March 2021, when I decided to de-register as a counsellor. I want the freedom to practice how I want, and that involves the Tarot as an integral piece.
In January and February of 2021, I attended Tarot School for Liberation hosted by Corinna Rosella of Rise Up! Good Witch. My aim was to explore the Tarot through a new lens, and I learned much about a liberation-based lens of the Tarot. I assigned to study the High Priestess throughout the course, a card I have a big history with, and one I was grateful to learn even more about.
Certificate of Course Completion for "What is Narrative Practice?" from Dulwich Centre
Now that I work in this field without registration, I think the transparency of listing those I meet regularly and whom I work alongside is needed. Each is linked to their respective website or has a listed method of contact.
Supervision - I seek monthly supervision to explore questions and concerns I have around topics brought up in session. You will never be named or identified to protect confidentiality.
Peer Support Group - Counsellors from my graduating cohort. We meet monthly as peer support for each other.
Kaitlyn Milani -
Looking for something else?
I am grateful to be a part of several directories. Click either of the badges below to view their websites. I hope you can find someone who fits your needs!
Healing in Colour is a directory of BIPOC therapists and other support professionals. All people listed have agreed to the mission of supporting individual & collective healing for BIPOC and envisioning a world where there are no structural barriers to healing. Where people can have access to therapy that supports both healing and liberation.
Founded by Yasmin (she/her) and Premala (she/her).
Inclusive Therapists is a directory of therapists who are committed to dismantling and confronting systemic oppression. They are social justice-oriented professionals and aim to be anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, anti-stigma, anti-racist & anti-ablest. A diverse community, full of therapists from varying lived-experiences and disciplines.
Founded by Melody Li 盈希, she/ 她
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