My name is Ander Negrazis, RP MEd. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in private practise centering neurodivergent and gender divergent communities. My therapeutic philosophy is rooted in Depathologising, Anti-Oppressive, Trauma Informed approaches to mental health and community based healing. My professional expertise is enriched by my personal experience as autistic, neurodivergent, queer, and non-binary trans.
I focus on three interconnected areas:
Educational Background and Credentials
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with 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 de-pathologizing, queer and trans affirming, disability and neurodivergent-centered therapeutic modalities and theoretical frameworks.
I hold an Hon. BA in Arts Informed Research and Critical Pedagogy from York University. With this interdisciplinary degree I drew from Studio Arts (Drawing & Printmaking), Gender and Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, Critical Disability Studies, and Critical and Historical Sociology to study social movement histories, activist research, critical theory, community arts, and arts-informed research methodologies to develop an accessible pedagogical and research methodology using visual narrative.
I have 20+ years of experience in community organizing – specifically community arts, disability arts, and anti-poverty organizing. I actively engage in ongoing research, writing, and illustration about neurodivergence and disability, gender, sexuality, and relationships, critical pedagogy, ethics, and social consciousness.
My research interests include the history and social organization of neurodisablism and the regulation of gender and sexuality, the role of neoliberalism, capitalism, and colonialism in helping professions, the development of political consciousness and ethical reasoning, activist research methods, critical pedagogy, arts-informed research, and disability arts.
The work that I do is rooted in, and made possible through:
Anti-racist, de-colonizing and anti-racist organizing, Queer and Trans struggles, mad pride, psychiatric survivor, disability justice, neurodiversity, autistic liberation, anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarian ethics, popular education and critical pedagogy, collaborative creation and community arts, community based action research and other political activist research methodologies.