When Chevelle Moss-Savage came into her authentic self and started to embrace her queerness, she eagerly searched within the LGBTQ community for role models/mentors. She said she found them lacking, noting she didn’t see anyone who looked like her or who could relate to her unique intersections. This prompted her to live my life boldly, loudly and with serious intention. She created “H.E.A.L” to allow folks in my community “a soft spot to land” when they encounter life challenges/struggles – a space where all of their identities are centered. This is why she choose to live my life as an out Black LGBTQ + community member.
Moss-Savage is a Licensed Therapist and the founder of “Helping Everyone Accept and Adapt to Life”, (HEAL, LLC). She has more than twenty years of experience working in mental health as a therapist, group facilitator, trainer/instructor, and case manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Clinical Counseling from Lincoln University; certified in Bereavement & Grief Counseling, and is a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner. Chevelle’s plethora of experience has been acquired both in higher education and in the private sector.
Although she is a licensed clinician, she is also versed in promoting diversity and multi-cultural awareness through intersectionality training with hopes of eradicating stigmas related to mental health, disabilities, faith traditions, or LGBTQ+ identities. Chevelle lives in the East View Community a part of the Church Hill area of RVA with her spouse and they enjoy traveling, hosting theme parties and spending time with friends and family.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells
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