I have been a mental health therapist since I graduated in September 2013 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. My professional counseling experience includes work with LGBTQ people, homeless youth and adults, people with chronic mental illness, and people with criminal justice involvement—under correctional supervision or transitioning out of prison or jail. I value social justice and anti-oppression praxis and strives to integrate that into my work while remaining open to critical feedback and challenges. I honor the search for meaning and deep connection and recognize it takes a variety of forms.
My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s of English with a concentration of Creative Writing in Fiction. For five years, I worked as an editor for traditional print, commercial, and online content such as eLearning. As a result of the recession of 2008, I spent time working as a gas station attendant and Barista while working through graduate school. Creative writing is my first love, and my poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in print and online media under the name Anthony Rella.