Facilitators for Queer Spirit
Jerry Buie obtained his BS at Brigham Young University in 1992 and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah in 1994. Jerry has been an active therapist and social advocate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Mental Health since his graduation. In 1999 he started Pride Counseling, a private practice working primarily with Gays and Lesbians providing a safe place to seek competent mental health services.
Jerry has also been active on several spiritual fronts as well. In 1996 he met a Native American gentleman who began teaching him regarding Native American Spirituality, ritual and ceremony. He was taught about how this way of life can profoundly transform one’s life. Through the teachings of various Native American Elders from several plains tribes Jerry has had a unique opportunity to learn cross-cultural understandings and to bring these concepts to the lives and processes he has been engaged. Jerry has had the unique privilege of traveling to Peru and learning about Incan ceremony and traditions, playing with Radical Faeries in Tennessee and Oregon, and otherwise having a broad experience in working with the energies and ancestors of many lands and traditions. Honoring the sacred sensuality and medicine of our queer heritage is a daily priority in his practice and private life. He sees himself as learning and honoring the path of the “two spirited”, “third gendered”, and “walks between worlds”.
Jerry has served on several boards including the Utah AIDS Foundation, Naraya Cultural Preservation Council (Serving the Native American Community) and the National Gay Men’s Health movement. Jerry is aware of the various issues at play on many levels in the lives of gay men and knows how to actively facilitate a process that will provoke interpersonal motivation, growth and change.
John Cottrell comes to the table with a well-rounded background. Originally from Oakland, California, John developed a passion for working with people, music, and dance. He cultivated his skills and talents by attending Santa Clara University earning his Bachelors Degree in psychology. He attended Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto and earned his Masters Degree and PhD in clinical psychology. Dr. Cottrell’s modality of treatment is founded on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while also using techniques from a psychodynamic perspective and systems approach.
John worked for 10 years with Project Reality, a substance abuse treatment agency in Salt Lake City where he continued to develop his skills as a therapist, administrator, consultant, teacher, and community liaison. John finished a tenure as the Director of Program Services with The Intermountain Harm Reduction Project providing services, education, advocacy, and counseling to active illicit substance users.
While living in Utah, John has been able to pursue many of his other personal goals: work as a psychotherapist, create and direct his own dance group, act, model, and become a certified yoga instructor.
John has always been fascinated with fitness and became devoted to this lifestyle in 1999. While still working as a psychotherapist, John taught fitness classes ranging from weight lifting to hip hop dance aerobics in a gym setting. John added yoga to his fitness routine in 2000. He has been able to use his education in psychology and devotion to fitness and yoga to understand and offer the benefits of a body and mind connection. He claims Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City as his “yoga home-base” where he continues to offer a variety of yoga classes including Power Yoga, Soft Flow Yoga, Men’s Power Yoga, and others. He is also one of CCY’s certified yoga teacher trainers where he assists those who aspire to be yoga instructors and yoga therapists. John also spent time as the Life Studio Coordinator at Life Time Fitness, a health club in South Jordan, Utah, facilitating and coordinating the yoga and Pilates programs. He continues to work at LTF as a yoga instructor and yoga teacher trainers where he has the opportunity to train, teach, and mentor those desiring to becoming yoga instructors all over the country.
John started his own business, mbody LLC, in 2008 and offers Yoga Life Coaching, Nutrition Coaching, Personal Training, private and group yoga lessons, workshops, and retreats. He even created a men’s yoga clothing line. The main intention of mbody is to bring self-awareness, self-appreciation, inner and outer strength, mindfulness, balance, and focus. John continues to nurture his passion for working with people through mbody and Queer Spirit, helping others to develop and express their personal strengths and talents. Through the power of mind, body, and spirit, a true sense and awareness of the authentic self can be achieved.