Who Am I?
Hi everybody! Welcome to the Sexual Safety Space! Who the heck am I, and what is this page about? My name is Miranda Galbreath, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with master’s degrees in Forensic Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in the helping professions for over 20 years and have focused specifically on issues of sexual safety for the last 18 years. (My pronouns are she/her, by the way.)
For much of that time, I have been providing evaluation and treatment services in the community and within state prisons to folks who have committed sexual offenses. I am a member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers) and MARATSA (Mid Atlantic Region of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).
As a member of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), I am currently working to expand my knowledge and skills in supporting folks to achieve sexual wellness. After years of focusing on work with folks who have sexually victimized, I want to expand my knowledge to help me support a wider population of people with issues of sexual wellness and safety. I also want to be able to offer the folks I currently serve (folks incarcerated for committing sexual offenses) a broader array of tools to work toward sexual safety and wellness above and beyond the more common focus solely on reducing risk of sexual recidivism.
I have also focused on providing support to incarcerated members of the LGBT community, with a particular focus on supporting folks who are seeking gender-affirming medical treatment. To that end, I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), and USPATH (United States Professional Association for Transgender Health). Additionally, I have a strong interest in issues of domestic abuse; both educating folks about identifying and addressing abusive behaviors and supporting survivors.
It’s impossible to work, learn, and support folks in all of these areas without being knowledgeable about trauma. To that end, I am also a member of ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies), and serve as a Co-Editor for the Complex Trauma Perspectives Newsletter in the Justice & Advocacy Corner and the Social & Transcultural Perspectives Corner.
I love to learn, through reading, attending trainings and conferences, watching webinars and documentaries, and getting out there and meeting people through volunteering, public speaking, and networking opportunities. I am an introvert, but I am making it work! There is so much interesting stuff to learn, and so many people to learn from. I often think that I wish I could talk about and share everything I’m learning with everyone in the whole wide world. That’s probably a little ambitious, so I’m going to do the best I can with the folks I CAN reach.
This page is an effort to connect with others by sharing what I am learning and discovering along the way, and I have hopes that folks who stop by will share their knowledge and resources with me. I am thinking of this page as a gradually growing treasure chest of goodies/resources on sexual safety and related topics that will help me, and anyone else who is interested continue to move toward a culture of sexual safety, wellness, and pleasure.
"A word after a word after a word is power."
Why have I created a Sexual Safety Space?
My goals with this page are the same as my goals when working with folks who have committed sexual offenses: To raise awareness and to get people thinking critically about sexual safety, wellness, and pleasure. I tell the incarcerated folks in my treatment groups, and I’ll also tell you, I’m not looking to create a “bad list” of things we shouldn’t do or that we should be ashamed of. I’m looking to help us think more carefully about and make conscious decisions regarding issues of sexual safety…to help move us away from a sexually victimizing culture and toward a culture of sexual safety and wellness. I’m hoping to inspire critical thinking (my own included!), and to provide resources that I am coming across along the way that can help us in that effort.