“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”
Gabes (she/they) is a researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and psychotherapist in training. Her life’s work is to demonstrate how there’s nothing “post-” about postcolonialism, and that the effects of historical and oppressive conquest permeated the ideologies, cultures, languages, literature, human behaviors, inter- and intrapersonal relationships, and spiritual practices we have today.
With agency and integrity, her passion is to research the practices and therapeutic approaches that decolonize the mind, body, and spirituality of underrepresented groups who have been suffering from generational oppression and marginalization.
Her research is carried through by the influences of esteemed educators, authors, and practitioners such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Letty M. Russell, Paulo Freire, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Melba Maggay, E.J.R. David, Peter Levine, Miroslav Volf, Homi K. Bhabha, Shelly Rambo, David Bosch, and so forth.
She completed a Bachelor’s in Historical Theology at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago because of her fascination towards the birth and growth of the Western church and its significant influence on Christianity in the Philippines. She recently completed a Master’s in Theology and Culture at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and is continuing with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. She intends to pursue PhD work that concentrates on the integration of spirituality and the social psychology of intergenerational and racial trauma.
Gabes currently works at The Allender Center, and has been enjoying her time living and growing in the city of Seattle. In her spare time, she writes poetry and songs, and performs them at her live shows. She independently produced 3 albums of original music, and has toured in Southeast Asia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Therapeutic Services: As part of her clinical training, Gabes works as an intern at MEND Institute in Seattle, which has a social justice-oriented and intersectional feminist approach in therapy. If you wish to begin your therapeutic journey with her, you may do so by visiting MEND’s website and requesting to have her as your counselor during the intake assessment process. Please be aware that because Gabes’ caseload is nearly full, and so we cannot guarantee that you will be paired to work together and/or that the institution would have the therapeutic services that you need at this time.
PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND PODCAST INTERVIEWS
The Enneagram of Liberation: Type 3
Conscious Enneagram Podcast
October 2, 2019
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
Panel Discussion on Race & the Enneagram on The Art of Growth Podcast – Click here to listen
July 26-29, 2019 at the International Enneagram Association Global Conference, Oakland CA
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
Photography by Laurel Yae of Nour Images