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.
My name is Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath (She/Her). My Indigenous name is Yamoca Banaru (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. 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 Sxalish people which are the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. I believe every counsellor also needs a therapist, but I know it is hard to find one where you can "just be the client"
and not feel judged.
Who is Cheyenne?
As a counselor, I provide a safe and affirming space for clients to explore their goals and work towards healing and growth. 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.
My approach blends elements of mindfulness, body awareness, neurobiology, and trauma-informed care to build resistance and resilience. I have training in a range of therapeutic approaches, including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Two-Eyed Seeing, Traditional Indigenous teachings and medicines, and Trauma Treatment.
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 am keenly aware of the interplay of social identities and am comfortable integrating discussions of race, class, sex, gender, dis/ability, and more into the therapeutic alliance. I work with individuals of all ages, particularly young adults, and believe in building strong relationships with my clients so that they feel seen, heard, and safe.
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.
I have counselling appointments through the JaneApp Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm PST.
Appointments after 3PM PST are available on Tuesdays and every other Wednesday.
For more information reach out to me through the “contact” section.
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 frontline 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.