Cassie Peterson is a licensed psychotherapist, writer, and social justice activist, based in New York City. I am a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work and of the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, a contemporary psychoanalytic program in NYC. Additionally, I am a published writer and researcher, primarily working to integrate alternative epistemologies into contemporary clinical discourses. My most recent paper, Bloodless and Lawless: Queering “Family” in Social Work Discourse can be found in the new “Queering Paradigms IV” textbook, published by Peter Lang Co, 2014.