Member: New Zealand Association of counselors (NZAC)
WPATH The World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
ITAA International Transactional Analysis Association
I grew up in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand on a sheep and cattle farm, with my parents and 4 siblings. Secondary education was at Taupo-nui-a-tia College and University education started at Waikato University in Hamilton
I am a qualified educatator who moved into emergency management with an interest and a focus in how people/communities are impacted and how individual people can be made more resilient to the traumatic effects of disaster. I was for a number of years involved in disaster planning and response management and the development of critical incident stress management capacity in Wellington.
In the early 1990’s my life took a major turn when I made the decision to explore and understand the secrets of my childhood. Born with a medical condition described as intersex I had had the experience of growing up different with a reality/body that no one could talk to me about. I was surrounded by silence, fear and shame. My own journey has taken me into many new areas both in my personal and professional life.In the 1990’s as part of my changing and refocus I completed training as a counselor and began to utilise my skills and knowledge as an educator familiar with working with the media. In 1996 I made a decision to be actively involved in being visible as an intersex person. I also sought to increase awareness about intersex and gender variance issues. I regularly lecture at a number of universities, speak, hold conversations in public. I have run workshops around the world and have been involved in the production of several TV documentaries a film and a photography book.
“I believe with a passion that every person has the right to live and authentic life. Respected and valued with the skills and knowledge to live a life with meaning, dignity, love and purpose.”
M B Mitchell 2015 update: I have shifted office, same building, we have moved up one floor! Now on level 13.