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  • June 13th 2022 Collab Salon: Centering Diversity and Identity in Narrative Practices
    June 19, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Centering Diversity and Identity in Narrative Practices:

The BIPOC Community

Akansha Vaswani-Bye (Seattle, Washington), Mona Klausing, Shuo Yuan, Ingrid Guerrieri, Candea Mosley (San Diego, California), 

June 19th, 2022 Collab Salon: 4:00 – 5:30 pm NY time

In July 2020, the BIPOC narrative community was launched with the intention of providing narrative practitioners of color a supportive space to discuss “local” ideas, innovative practices, amplify one another’s work, and process their experiences. The community organizers also hoped to mentor and support newer narrative practitioners, and practitioners working in spaces that did not privilege narrative ideas or postmodern therapy practices. As the community enters its second year, planning committee members Mona, Ingrid, Candea, Shuo, and Akansha will share lessons learned and their hopes for how they envision the community will grow and be sustained in the future.

Co-learning emphasis

Participants will:

  1. Develop an understanding of community organizing and development centered on narrative principles.
  2. Identify practices that are supportive of an anti-racist position within and outside therapeutic contexts
  3. Identify practices that help to deconstruct internalized racism
  4. Share ideas on how to bring more diversity to the extended Narrative community


Akansha Vaswani-Bye, PhD, was introduced to narrative practices in Mumbai when she began working at Ummeed Child Development Center in Mumbai in 2010. Here she was also introduced to principles of family-centered care, early intervention, and community-based advocacy. Her interest in systemic change took her to San Diego State University where her studies in marriage and family therapy strengthened her commitment to developing clinical practice through the lens of de-colonizing, feminist, and postmodern practice. Her doctoral work at UMass Boston, focused on drivers of institutional corruption in psychiatry and solutions for reform, particularly the practice of deprescribing and rational prescribing grounded in informed consent. She is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she works in supporting families/care partners impacted by psychosis and implementing family-to-family peer support programs. She also works at the Madison Clinic at Harborview Medical Center with people impacted by HIV.

Mona Klausing, LMFT has a diverse professional background in multi-cultural communications in both business and counseling. Prior to joining the mental health field in 2011, Mona served as a marketing & public relations executive for 20 years in the software, wireless, internet, biotech and non-profit sectors. She had a successful career in both start-up / entrepreneurial ventures and global, publicly-traded corporations. More recently, Mona gained clinical and operations management expertise at two non-profit counseling centers including SDSU’s Center for Community Counseling & Engagement (CCCE) and Narrative Initiatives San Diego (aka NISD Counseling) – where she is a Co-Director, AAMFT Clinical Supervisor and Board Member. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at SDSU teaching undergraduate and master’s-level counseling courses from a post-modern framework, and is a bilingual LMFT in private practice. Connect with Mona @ www.monaklausing.com.




Hola, my name is Ingrid Guerrieri. I am a Colombian cisgender queer woman who is passionate about identity, resilience, and healing in community. I identify  as a therapist of postmodern, feminist, and constructivist leanings, and as a Narrative Therapy-inspired clinician. I am interested in working in ways that support living intentionally and honoring community. I have worked in individual, relational, and community-based formats, providing bilingual (English and Spanish) services to child laborers, children soldiers, refugees, immigrants, people in recovery, the LGBTQIA+ community, clinicians in training, relationally and sexually diverse communities, and people living with/being impacted by HIV/AIDS. My journey as a therapist started in Colombia as a psychology student at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, and continued in San Diego as I  obtained a certificate in Alcohol and other Drugs Studies (SDCC), a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (SDSU), and a professional diploma in Expressive Arts therapy. I enjoy supporting therapists in training through clinical consultation and mentoring (AAMFT approved supervisor). I am interested in working with therapists in training and those providing direct social services.



Hello! My name is Candea Mosley. I am Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #120796) working in private practice supervised by Mona Klausing, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am originally from New Braunfels, TX and after moving around being a military spouse for 22 years, I now reside in sunny San Diego, California. I have two adult children and a cat. I received my Masters in Counseling at San Diego State University. I received my training at License to Freedom, which serves Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees that have had experience with trauma and domestic violence.

My desire to become a therapist comes from a genuine interest in people and their unique relationship dynamics. My approach to therapy is collaborative which gives space for my clients and I to work together to find solutions and alternative ways of looking at problems that arise in their lives. Using both a collaborative and narrative framework, I am able to see my clients separate from their problems, privileging their values, strengths, skillsets, and resources.

Shuo Yuan received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University in 2021. Since then, Shuo sought to take a one-year hiatus from institutions of mental health to recover from the coloniality of academia while deepening her relationship with narrative ideas that extend beyond classrooms and counseling rooms. Shuo immersed herself in the narrative community through completion of her traineeship at Narrative Initiatives San Diego where she collaborated with a multigenerational team of narrative practitioners and worked primarily with young adults of color impacted by historical and systemic oppression. Shuo has been able to support community members/clients in moving towards their preferred definitions of wellness by centering an ethics of shared humanity and dignity at the heart of her practice. Prior to entering the counseling field, Shuo was a traveling photographer who worked with diverse individuals, couples, and families from a collaborative, playful, and photojournalistic approach. Shuo also holds a BS in Chemistry with a robust background in research. She is interested in inviting more hopeful, imaginative, and socially just ways of being with one another.



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