“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” — Audre Lorde
Gabes (she/they) was born and raised in the Philippines. She is a researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and psychotherapist in training, and her life’s work is to demonstrate how there’s nothing “post-” about postcolonialism. She studies and teaches how and why the effects of historical oppression continue to manifest in our imaginations, ideologies, systems, cultures, languages, literature, human behaviors, inter- + intrapersonal relationships, and spiritual practices today.
While Gabes’ passion involves exposing and dismantling systems and cultures of injustice and white supremacy, she also aims to create and sustain spaces of freedom, growth, and collective healing for marginalized communities, and to reclaim the fullness of who they are in light of their identity, context, and innate human dignity. With her story and training, she intends to fervently create, network, research, mobilize, and offer love + care for the liberation and flourishing of underrepresented groups, especially those who belong to black, indigenous, and people of color communities and refugee + non-refugee migrant/immigrant communities of color.
Her work is inspired and carried through by the influences of esteemed educators, authors, and practitioners such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, bell hooks, Dr. Jennifer Mullan, Zadie Smith, Paulo Freire, Melba Maggay, E.J.R. David, Peter Levine, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Miroslav Volf, Homi K. Bhabha, David Bosch, and so forth.
Gabes completed a Bachelor’s in Historical Theology at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago because of her fascination in the birth and growth of the Western church and its irreversible influence on the Philippines’ history of Christianity and colonization. She recently completed a Master’s in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, focusing on colonialism and how its effects violate the virtue and practice of hospitality. She is continuing with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, focusing her clinical training on racial trauma and internalized oppression. In the near future, Gabes intends to pursue PhD work that concentrates on the integration of theology and racial trauma.
She also writes poetry and music, and occasionally performs her repertoire at live events. She independently produced 3 albums of original music, and her first one was launched when she was 17. She has toured in Southeast Asia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Therapeutic Services: As part of her clinical training, Gabes works as a psychotherapist intern at MEND Institute in Seattle, which has a social justice-oriented and intersectional feminist approach in therapy.
Gabes’ caseload is currently full, and there is no waitlist at this time.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Pivot NW Live Podcast Recording
February 13, 2020, Quest Church, Seattle, WA.
Presentation Title: “Xenophobia & the Church: Decolonizing the ‘Stranger'”February 21-23, 2020, The Westin and David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Bare Witness : On vulnerability & becoming
November 9, 2019, at Cedar & Spokes Coffee and Bar, Seattle, WA
Confronting Reality: Toward a De-Colonial Spirituality
November 18, 2019 at Coastland Commons, Northminster Presbyterian Church
7706 25th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
WIDEN, 2019 (Private Retreat) with Fr. Richard Rohr, Kaitlin Curtice, and Mirabai Starr : “Decolonization as a spiritual practice”
August 23-26, 2019, Santa Fe, NM
Formidable & Loved ii: Identity & Belonging
August 17, 2019, at Cedar & Spokes Coffee and Bar, Seattle, WA
Formidable & Loved: The Story of a Migrant
June 21, 2019, at The Ravenna Collaboratory (5751 33rd Ave NE), Seattle, WA
Endings + New Beginnings, A Gathering for Thinkers & Creators
Presentation Title: “Decolonization through Spirituality & Creativity”
May 26, 2019, Seattle, WA
For Women Who Roar, Launch Party
April 18, 2019, at Cathedral (5449 Ballard Ave NW), Seattle, WA
Jubilee Conference, Presentation Title: “Decolonization & Hospitality: God’s gift of welcome as an antidote to colonialism”
February 22-24, 2019, The Westin and David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
Undoing: Decolonizing our Bodies & Sexuality with Annie Mesaros, MDiv & Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers
March 2, 2019, Cedar & Spokes Coffee and Bar, Seattle, WA
Womxnhood in Pre-Colonial Philippines
Filipina on the Rise
Healing the Impact of Colonialism
Speaking of Racism
The Arise Podcast
Speaking of Racism
The Arise Podcast
The Enneagram of Liberation: Type 3
Conscious Enneagram Podcast
October 2, 2019
Race & the Enneagram (Panel discussion)
The Art of Growth Podcast
International Enneagram Association Global Conference, Oakland CA
July 26-29, 2019
Decolonizing Our Relationships
God Help Us Podcast with Annie Mesaros, MDiv
Photography by Laurel Yae of Nour Images