In this episode, Drs. Ana Guadalupe Reyes (they/elle) and Mónica Rodríguez Delgado (she/ella) share their experiences working with and on behalf of queer womxn of color in counseling. They discuss the importance of attending to the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality with queer womxn of color, as well as navigating sharing such nuanced lived experiences with their clients. Drs. Reyes and Rodríguez Delgado discuss bridging the gap between traditional counselor education and healing and liberatory practices for BIPOC clients.
Ana Guadalupe Reyes, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CHST (elle/le/they/them) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Reyes has a master’s in counseling from Marymount University and a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North Texas. They are a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, and Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist. Dr. Reyes is also a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who practices various forms of energy healing. With over 12 years of experience working with underserved and never-served populations, including communities of color, immigrants, refugees, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer clients in multiple settings, Dr. Reyes integrates somatic, liberatory, and holistic approaches into their work as a scholar, educator, advocate, and counselor. In these roles, they practice anti-oppressive and emancipatory approaches to counseling and research. Inspired by these approaches, Dr. Reyes engages in ongoing reflexivity, dialogue, and action with other researchers and clinicians to promote liberatory research approaches in counseling.
Dr. Mónica Rodríguez Delgado (ella/she) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in the state of Texas. She facilitates counseling, advocacy, and social justice practices for marginalized and racialized populations, specifically for Spanish-speaking Latine clients, immigrant communities, and LGBTQ populations. As a counselor educator and researcher, her goals is to create spaces that center the voices of marginalized individuals, families, students, and communities while highlighting the stigma and barriers communities face when seeking mental health services. As a bilingual counselor and play therapist, Mónica serves clients across the life span and across environments. Some of her specialty areas are disaster mental health and response, sexual development in children, sex addiction, and racial/cultural trauma.