Myra (xe/them/their) earned their Master’s Degree in Social Work and graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Xe has six years of experience working with youth, adults and families in various settings. Following the completion of their BSW, xe worked for nearly three years in a residential setting with youth in foster care. In that capacity, xe designed and facilitated psychoeducational groups on topics such as grief and loss, sexual assault and other forms of abuse, team-building and emotional literacy. Prior to starting at IEG xe worked as a Support Coordinator at Avalon Housing, providing case management and supportive services to adults and families.
Myra possesses a critical understanding of the social forces creating multiple barriers for individuals with intersecting marginalized identities. Xe is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients, as well as individuals exploring issues related to self-worth, perfectionism, ADHD, trauma, Depression and Anxiety. Xe is also a poly- and kink-aware therapist. Myra approaches therapy from a client-centered, strengths-based, multi-cultural feminist approach. Xe sees therapy as a collaborative journey in which their role is to serve as a witness to clients’ life experiences and a partner in working toward their goals. Xe is particularly skilled at engaging with clients in a warm, non-judgmental manner and creating a space where they feel heard and validated. Myra enjoys integrating mindfulness and meditation techniques, as well as journaling and other forms of creative expression, into the therapeutic process.