So nice to meet you!
Taiguei d'ituno kena atiano. Yurumein Arawak daka d’iri Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath. Daka d’iri yamoca banaru. Daka d’iri iukaieke Guainia Koai daka iaha. This is how I introduce myself in my Indigenous Taino-Arawak Language, which I’m still learning.
Let me introduce myself in another way!
Hello my name is Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath (she/her) and my Indigenous name is Two Feathered Woman. I am from the Arawak Nation and German on my mother’s side and Irish and Finnish on my Father’s side. I Identify as multiracial and Indigenous. Iukaieke Guainia is my tribal community. I am also a member of the 2sLGBTQ+ community.
Originally, I am from the unceded territory of the Pawtucket and Massa-adchu-es-et nations, located in Massachusetts, USA. Currently, I live on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people which are the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada.
Due to the fact my Nation’s lands are in the Caribbean, I consider myself a guest to this land that continues to be protected and honored by people who are Indigenous to these specific areas.
More on how being Indigenous relates
to my theraputic lens and practice...
As a person who identifies as Indigenous and grew up in the Native American community who now works in the mental health field, I have extensive experience decolonizing traditional therapeutic techniques that work for Indigenous individuals, families, youth, and communities.
I believe that part of the healing work that I do is figuring out what culture means to people and how to integrate aspects into their lives. I truly believe that ‘culture is healing”.
In addition to counseling, I also have experience working with organizations, non profits, and professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of decolonization, anti-racism, social justice, and understanding Indigenous history and how it has affected communities in the past and present day ramifications.
My philosophy of care and what working with me would feel and look like!
Seeking support can often feel challenging and overwhelming on its own. Having to find a provider that has a deep understanding of the multiple intersecting identities and understands the spectrums of sexuality and gender can also feel especially discouraging.
This is why, clients who work with me are invited to form an identity-affirming and culturally safe place and partnership with me to help in their journey towards their own goals. I recognize how important relationships are with a counselor and strive to build a strong foundation with clients so that you feel seen, heard, and safe.
My approach blends elements of mindfulness, body awareness, neurobiology, and trauma-informed care to build resistance and resilience. I also put a lot of focus on building a relationship and getting to know the people I work with, so I can meet them where they are at in their journey, whatever that may be.
I have training in an array of therapeutic approaches and do not use a singular approach when working and connecting with clients. Some of these approaches include Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Two-Eyed Seeing, Traditional Indigenous teachings and medicines, and Trauma Treatment.
I hold a keen awareness of the interplay of social identities and am comfortable integrating discussions of race, class, sex, gender, dis/ability, etc. into the therapeutic alliance. I work with individuals of all ages (especially young adults) and am committed to providing a nonjudgmental space for connection, change, and growth.
Best way to find out if I am the right fit for you is to book a 15 minute consultation!
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Wondering about my prior professional work?
My educational background is a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts (Boston) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salem State University. I grew up going to pow wows with my family and am a Jingle Dress and Fancy Shall Dancer.
For over 10 years, I have worked as an advocate systemically through research and as a front line worker for marginalized communities. I am passionate about helping to elevate the voices of those who are often not heard or listened to.
Prior to working in private practice, I worked as a youth and outreach worker for youth who were at risk for or currently experiencing sexual exploitation in the Boston area. I spent my clinical internships for my Masters program at a group home for LGBTQ+ youth in the foster care system and at a Veteran Affairs Hospital outpatient primary care setting.
After these experiences, I decided to go back to working and connecting with my Indigenous community and have been working at a nonprofit for Indigenous youth for the past three years. In addition, I served on the Board of Directors at QMUNITY, a LGBTQ+ non profit located in Vancouver, BC.
I also have experience working with organizations and professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of decolonization and the history of Indigenous people and how this affects communities in the present day.