Lo Story Moon

“What if we could see ourselves less as innocent, but as harmed and harming, more or less honest, more or less able to be conscious when triggered, more or less manipulative, more or less willing to take responsibility for our own change, more or less caught in patterns. Would we be better able to create and respect boundaries between each other? Can we ween ourselves off of the myth of purity, of innocence embedded in our supremacist and exceptionalist structures? Can we tolerate knowing ourselves?” – Prentis Hemphill (they/them)

As an indigenous trans+queer femme, I am passionate about interdependence and community psych. I believe that the societal structures inherent in our ‘independence’ focused U.S. culture ultimately harms all of us by creating fixed binaries and making asking for and receiving help difficult. We were never meant to do any of this alone, and resourcing folx (in a variety of ways) is at the root of all of my work. ‘In the room,’ I genuinely care about helping people connect to therapy work in a way that is meaningful to them, noting that this can look a little different person to person and always exists in your own cultural context. Reaching out for help can be really difficult for some, and it’s important to me that we collaborate to find out if we’re a good fit and what you’re hoping therapy will provide. My style is direct, embodied, collaborative and curious and I believe deeply that addressing conflict vulnerably deepens connection and that when we avoid conflict and/or change, we avoid intimacy.

I received my bachelors from NYU and my masters from Antioch University, where I specialized in LGBTQ community psych. Outside of TRC, I spend clinical time at the LA Gender Center and Step Up On Second, where I work with unhoused trans youth. Other work time is spent with The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline, Brave Trails (an LGBTQ+ youth summer camp) and the LA LGBT Center. As you can see, I took the ‘be who you needed when you were younger’ thing pretty seriously. While I love working with folx of all ages, most of my work is with LGBTQ young people ages 6-24.

lo@relationalcenter.org