From personal experience, I know how difficult it is for sex workers to find culturally competent mental health services in a world that does not recognize sex work as a form of labour. Too often, we are told that our problems are caused by our involvement in this industry. Simultaneously, mental health professionals often try to find the cause of our involvement in this industry by looking at our traumatic histories. They find out we were abused as children and have an “a-ha” moment as if that history somehow explains why we do the work we do. These experiences turn us into stereotypes and caricatures. The reality is that we are as complex as everyone else should never be reduced to our job.
Starting February 1, I will be accepting clients for counselling services at a private mental health clinic in Ottawa (Ontario).
If you or someone you know is looking for sex worker-affirming and financially accessible individual or couples counselling, get in touch with me. My clinic offers services to Canadians across the country by SecureVideo. If you’re a member of Ottawa Independent Companions, you may be able to access fully subsidized therapy where I work.
Many people have asked whether I will continue to see clients as a sex worker, and the answer is yes. I’ve been a sex worker for (almost) the entirety of my adult life. I find sex work very fulfilling, both emotionally and financially. My hope is that I can maintain both careers in parallel to one another. We’ll see how that works out.
For the time being I am only offering virtual services and selling my vidéos online in an effort to stymie community transmission of COVID-19. My mother has Stage 4 small-cell lung cancer, and I have the financial capacity to move my services online to protect her and everyone like her. While I wish I could see clients in person, it does not feel worth the risk. Hopefully that will change with the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.
I really miss you all.