I am a Sociologist and offer Facilitation as a therapeutic service to provide the clarity needed to navigate the complexity and confusion that can arise both within ourselves & our closest relationships. I am also a Female Cycle Educator to help women understand the 4 phases of their Monthly Cycle and heal their menstrual related ailments.
∴ Education. Bachelors degree in Sociology & Philosophy that specialized in learning counseling, mediation, & facilitation methods, communication development, social behavioral patterns, relationship dynamics, historical enculturation, intersectionality of race, class, sex, gender & lookism, collective & personal trauma, sociological research, theory and data collection.
∴ Experience. I have 14 years of experience working with myself and others offering communication skills, personal counseling & mediation. Through Facilitation, I guide people into creating Collaborative Relationships, both within themselves & with each other, to cultivate greater connection. I am a Social Scientist who has a passion for relationships of all kinds.
∴ Female Cycle Education. I became a Female Cycle Educator through healing my own menstruation. In my early twenties, I was struck with debilitating pain that accompanied my period that I had never experienced before. The extreme symptoms showed up every month. I was either calling in sick or trying to muscle through the intensity at my job. I often ended up going home early unable to stand. This was the beginning of developing a connection with my body. I had to listen. I started doing my own research on the ailments, which opened me up to a sea of women all over the world experiencing the same symptoms, or worse—I couldn’t believe it! Many of them were looking for answers, unable to get them from their doctors. Most were given pain-killers along with various diagnoses or labels that all meant the same thing: “painful periods.” I knew in my heart that what I, and so many women were experiencing symptomatically, was not normal, although it has become widely accepted as so. On the contrary, it’s a complete lack of understanding of the Female body and the ecology thereof. From then on, I was dedicated to my healing. This began a decade long personal self-study, self-experimentation, and major research period to better understand the phases of my biological changes throughout the month. I also began taking inventory of how different foods, activities, choices, and circumstances affected my symptoms or relieved them. The healing process was underway along with a deepening relationship with myself I never knew was possible.
I write today, not only having healed my menstrual ailments, but I have created a life that circumnavigates my natural rhythm in relation to my own personal cycle. I have also developed a comprehensive curriculum to help other women understand their own Cycle Ecology and receive the education we should’ve/could’ve had coming into our First Blood, as well as help heal their menstrual ailments. The curriculum is currently being written & designed into a beautiful, visual learning-based digital Guide (PDF). This offering is completely FREE & shareable for anyone to download:
Seasons of the Cycle: A Guide to Cycle Awareness & Body Ecology
I created the Cycle-it-Forward program to make my Cycle Awareness curriculum & consults shareable and accessible for women. My intention is for the information to ripple-out and become common knowledge & wisdom for us to share woman to woman. The program also offers free resources and creative ways for women to gather together in the sanctity around our blood stories and female-embodied experiences once again.
Commūnicātus Facilitation is dedicated to my ally & mentor, Dawn Haney-West, in memory.