My name is Ander Negrazis RP MEd. I am a Registered Psychotherapist working exclusively with autistic adults as well as queer & trans adults who are learning disabled / gifted.
My professional expertise is enriched by my personal experience as an autistic, learning disabled, queer, and non-binary trans person, and deepened further by my commitment to Depathologizing, Disability Justice, Systemic Anti-Oppressive, Trauma Focussed, Anti-Imperialist, philosophies and approaches to mental health and community-based healing.
I focus on three interconnected areas:
Educational Background and Credentials
I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I completed my Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, where I focussed on developing depathologizing, queer and trans centered, disability and neurodivergent-centered therapeutic modalities and theoretical frameworks.
I hold an Hon. BA in Arts Informed Research and Critical Pedagogy from York University. This individualized studies degree allowed for an in-depth and rigorous interdisciplinary programme of study drawing together social movement history, activist research, critical theory, community arts, and arts-informed research methodologies from various disciplines such as Critical and Historical Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Critical Disability Studies, and Studio Arts (Drawing & Printmaking). My final honours thesis was the development and articulation of an accessible pedagogical tool and research methodology using visual narrative.
My current research interests include autistic mental health; the interdependent histories of autistic conversion “therapy” and gender & sexual conversion “therapy”; autistic-led knowledge and cultural production; the history and social organization of neurodisablism; the regulation of gender and sexuality; the role of neoliberalism, capitalism, and colonialism in the development of the helping professions; social, political consciousness and ethical reasoning; activist research methods; critical pedagogy; arts-informed research; disability arts.
To learn more about my research synthesis and conceptual analysis, see the following articles created in collaboration with autistic QT journalist Cassandra Kislenko.
- Dating as an autistic person can be challenging – but it’s also joyful and hot
- Why the ‘treatment’ of autism is a form of conversion therapy