Circles are all intersectional; Autistic & ADHD affirming; queer, trans, nonbinary, gender expansive affirming; disability centered; body neutral; anti-racist; anti-oppression spaces.
They are brave spaces for learning, growth, and deconstructing internalized bullying beliefs and the effects of toxic systems.
Live, Online, Peer Support and Process Circles
At the heart of Liberation work is building communities of collective care.
Toxic systems teach us that individual independence is the supreme objective.
Systemic binaries are designed to undermine the efforts of collective care by keeping us isolated, to keep resources inaccessible, and to keep culture-making unattainable.
The Peer Support & Processing Circles at Expansive Expressions push back against that directly through shared space, medicinal “me toos,” and collective healing.
It is only when we are able to gather and build community, that we can co-create collective Liberation. Because, as Maya Angelou said, “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”
On Holding Collective Care Space
I have been leading peer support & process circles for as long as I can remember. No, really. I think the first group I co-facilitated was when I was in middle school holding space for other kids whose parents were going through divorce. That experience of being together with other kids who knew what it felt like to experience all the changes and losses that come with divorce left an impression on me.
Throughout high school and college I continued to form and lead peer process groups in my school and at summer camp where I worked for a number of years. After college and through grad school I continued to find ways to gather folks who have similar interests or experiences to share and support one another. So when I became a therapist, and now as an Abolitionist Coach and Consultant, it is only natural that I return to holding space for people to gather around a common theme, experience, or situation.
“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.”
That, to me, sums up the value of circle spaces for collective feeling and healing and becoming. For it is within these spaces that we find kinship, we hear those medicinal “me too”s, we are validated that our experience is not singular but others are there or have been there too. Communal healing is also at the heart of Abolition work – the work of cultivating systems of care, mutual aid, community care – because some of us are too weary, bereft, running on empty for self-care and moving through process individually never gets us as far as a shared journey.
All of the circle spaces I facilitate are non-religious; neurodivergent-affirming; queer trans, gender expansive affirming; anti-racist; uncomfortable truth spaces; growth mindset; intersectional; deconstructing systems of oppression (patriarchy, ableism, capitalism, toxic religion, racism, misogynoir, transphobia, queerphobia, etc).
I embody these identities and practices and know that it can be challenging for multiply-underrepresented-identities to find affirming and inclusive spaces so it has been central to my mission to create and hold this space with others.