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Charles Thompson-Shealy


While psychodynamic by training I have developed an anti-oppressive practice understanding that the traumatic effects of experiences of oppression are not studied enough in the field of psychotherapy. From my work with queer and trans folk, and specifically with queer and trans folks of color I have developed an understanding of hate violence and intimate partner violence outside of the context of heteronormativity and within the context of intersectionality. Historical, generational, and the ongoing trauma of systemic oppression impacts our experiences and responses in the here and now. I have learned that the tools of liberation can only be crafted with both creativity and care because we don’t know what they look like and the tools readily available to us are those of oppression.