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Branch in a Glass Jar



I joined the mental health field in a somewhat unconventional way. After coming out as the first openly transgender musician in a major orchestra on the American continents (the San Francisco Symphony) in 2017 and in light of ongoing social battles for human dignity, I've decided to pursue my long-time passion for equity and liberation-focused mental health.

Since then, I've built on my graduate training from Columbia University and clinical and research experiences serving LGTBQ+, BIPOC, multicultural/immigrant, HIV+, kink, poly, and (dis)abilities communities at the University of California, San Francisco, and several non-profits in the Bay Area.

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  • CA Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker # 115666

  • Master of Science in Social Work, Columbia University

  • EMDR training, EMDR Institute (in progress)

  • Certification in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Alchemy Community Therapy Center

  • Motivational Interviewing Intensive, Columbia University

  • Healing-Centered Engagement Practitioner, Flourish Agenda

  • Psychological First Aid Certificate, John Hopkins University

  • Post-Baccalaureate in Psychology and Counseling, University of California, Berkeley Extension


San Francisco Counseling Collective, with supervision and guidance from Bart Shulman (he/him), CA Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor # 4199

Flower of Life Therapy, with support and supervision from Elizabeth “Davi” Pettit (they/them), CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 110471

Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health, with care and supervision from Elysha “Lacy” Martinez

(she/her), CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 93493.


Over the last several years, I've been fortunate to author and co-author several publications to better understand the experiences and advocate with intersectional LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and kink/BDSM communities. I’m grateful to have collaborated as a researcher with Dr. Annesa Flenje’s  Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab at the University of California San Francisco and The PRIDE Study (Stanford/UCSF consortium), as well as with Dr. Richard Sprott’s CARAS Project.

  • Edwards, W., Lev, E., Obedin-Maliver, J., Lunn, M., Lubensky, M., Capriotti, M., Garrett-Walker, J., & Flentje, A. (2023) Our pride, our joy: An intersectional constructivist grounded theory analysis of resources that promote resilience in Sexual and Gender Minority communities. PLOS ONE

  • Clark, K., Lunn, M., Lev, E., Trujillo, M., Lubensky, M., Capriotti, M., Hoffmann, T., Obedin-Maliver, J., & Flentje, A. (2022). State-Level Policy Environments, Discrimination, and Victimization among Sexual and Gender Minority People. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(16), 9916.

  • Vivid, J., Lev, E., Sprott, R. (2020). The Structure of Kink Identity: Four Key Themes Within a World of Complexity. Journal of Positive Sexuality. 6. 75-85. DOI: 10.51681/1.623.

  • Lev, E., Vivid, J. (2020, February 21-23). Seven Dimensions of Kink: Data from the Kink Identity and Sexuality Study (KISS) Project. Positive Sexuality Conference, Burbank, CA (Winner of the Student Research Award)

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Social justice advocacy and service have been really important to me. Here are a few highlights:

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Community Engagement Volunteer (putting together a database of LGBTQ+ affirming resources for Spanish-speaking people arriving in the U.S. on asylum)​

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a variety of roles​

  • Chung for College Board 2022 (to elect the first non-binary trustee for the City College San Francisco)

  • National LGBT Help Center as a volunteer counselor and resource coordinator ​

  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Alliance Health Project (as a group facilitator), No One Dies Alone (NODA) as a companion to people going through the dying process, and Benioff Children's Hospital as an education support volunteer

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