We are very happy to introduce Sheri Maynore, MA. Sheri joined the Green House Fellowship program in January of this year. Sheri is bringing her experience teaching sex and kink-positive psychoeducational classes to the cohort and LifeWorks. We talked to Sheri about her decision to join the Green House and what it means for her.
How did you learn about the Green House?
I learned about the Green House through some professional colleagues who are alumni of the program. They gained so much experience and knowledge through their time in the program that I wanted the same opportunity to pursue a deeper level of professional training.
What drew you to the Green House?
I identify as queer and poly, so the Green House program caught my attention because it focuses on working with individuals that are outside of the typically acceptable sexual and gender identification. I am passionate about freedom of identity and helping people explore their identity from a place of strength and acceptance, so I am excited to be a part of a program that focuses on training clinicians to go deeper with their clients.
What are you hoping to gain by being in the Green House and how do you imagine it will impact your future?
I hope to gain a better understanding of who I am as a therapist and how to better meet my clients right where they are in their journey. I imagine that this opportunity will enable me to increase my networking circles as well as enable me to learn from people that have been doing this therapy thing much longer than I have. I hope that my time in the Green House program will help me build a strong foundation for my professional path as a therapist.
In the short amount of time, since you joined the Green House, what has surprised you most and why?
I am surprised at how safe the Green House program feels for me so quickly, which can help me have the space to really explore my own identity. Even though I have just barely begun to get to know the staff, their thoughtfulness and presence has been so welcoming.
Anything else professionally that you are particularly looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to developing more educational opportunities for me to teach this year, as well as develop some group programs to lead this year as well.