It’s time To stop letting other people
decide your identity
No one gets to tell you who (or what) you are.
I specialize in working with people who have lived in the margins and haven’t had the space to really develop their own sense of identity because there has been so much noise telling them who they are and who they are allowed to be through helping them identify and understand what shapes their identity.
I neither avoid nor presume the significance of race. In fact, I specialize in the intersection of identity and race for those living a Biracial, Interracial, Multicultural, and Transracial experience in today’s day and age. Instead of being drained by the idea of difference, I celebrate its strengths.
Hey, I’m Meira
I’m a transplant from quite a few countries and as such I’ve been faced with asking myself “Who am I?” over and over again as I was confronted with differing perspectives, cultural biases, and racial prejudice.
It was the turmoil of asking this question of myself over and over that I found a sense of inner control, purpose, and calm. By continually being confronted with the question I started to notice what really mattered to me and now I’m able to come back to center no matter what may be going on in the external world which is what I love helping my clients get to as well.
Before I started coaching I became a trauma therapist and I kept noticing how people would come to me for therapy because of stress and anxiety even though they weren’t mentally or clinically ill. It didn’t sit well with me that they were being made to believe they fit into a mold of ‘there is something wrong with me’ just to receive the support they actually needed. You can learn more about my therapy practice here.
Before therapy and coaching I worked as a lawyer in social justice where I focused on bringing equality to those living on the other side of racism and gay rights. It was at Harvard (where I studied for my law degree) that I received hands-on education from civil rights activist Derrick Bell from whom I learned constitutional law and in whose office I spent hours learning about social justice on a deeper level as he wrote his seminal work And We Are Not Saved in which he discussed in depth the foundations behind America’s racial attitudes and the extent to which the law protects property over the rights of people.