Micky Duxbury is the adoptive parent of a beautiful, expressive, and spirited daughter brought to her family through domestic adoption in 1994. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty-five years. She specializes in pre and post-adoption education and counseling, and works with birth and adoptive parents as they begin, build, and navigate their ongoing relationships.
In addition to facilitating pre-adoption support groups, she is a frequent workshop presenter at the annual Adoption Symposium of Northern California Resolve. She developed a course on the Psychology of Adoption and offers Raising Adopted Children workshops and consultations. A strong proponent of ethical and child-centered adoption practices, she has worked as a mediator, therapist, and educator with all members of the adoption triad.
Previous to her work in adoption, she worked in the HIV/AIDS field. She continues her work in the field of life threatening illness by working with women, couples, and families dealing with cancer in her private practice in Berkeley, California.
I have been involved in criminal justice activism for the last 10 years. I created a booklet and traveling art exhibit in collaboration with Ruth Morgan, the photographer and founder of Community Works West. The Welcome Home Project contains moving stories of 20 formally incarcerated individuals who turned their lives around after many years in jails and prisons. The intention of the project was to change the narrative around criminality and bring to light the full humanity of people who have spent time behind bars. I continue my activism by working with other People of Faith and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights to advocate for changes in our criminal justice system especially in our local Alameda County Jail.
When not working, writing, or being with friends or family, she can often be found in her garden – moving things around in a never-ending quest for beauty and completion. She regularly hikes at Pt. Reyes where she goes to rediscover and enrich her soul. She occasionally indulges her creative spirit by writing and performing solo theater pieces. The most recent being When Women Die, They Call Out for Their Mothers: an hour long piece on the death of her parents, and Menopause Blues. This is her first book.