Maria Cassandra Manalastas

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Cass (they/she) received their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Drama Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Cass has worked in community mental health and K-12 educational settings for their clinical practice, and is looking forward to growing and learning alongside the SPSCC community. Cass believes in using an anti-oppression lens and a creative arts/narrative approach to counseling and therapy, and also prioritizes students’ goals and needs to dictate the therapeutic process and relationship. Cass has clinical experience working with clients who have anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and identity issues and exploration. Cass specializes in working with survivors of sexual assault, grief and loss, LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, and communities of color experiencing racial trauma. During their free time, Cass loves to read, write, and paint, and support their fiancé’s dream of owning a senior Chihuahua farm sanctuary, starting with their babies Chicken, Beef, and Eggo.