Tirrany Thurmond, Founder & CEO
We believe that a
life of justice and joy are birthrights.
IDALTU COUNSELING & CONSULTING LLC
meet Tirrany Thurmond
Tirrany Thurmond, M.Ed., NCC, LGPC is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting. Like the name, Tirrany is the first-born in her family, rooted in her lineage, connected to her ancestry, and committed to the sacred storytelling of humanity. Tirrany’s curiosity about people — who they are, how they evolve, where they hurt — guides her social justice and antiracism work and led her to found Idaltu. Just as human beings need one another to evolve, we need one another to heal. This is the foundation of Idaltu Counseling & Consulting.
Tirrany’s goal is to bring social justice, antiracism, and healing to large-scale organizations. Using a culturally responsive and trauma-informed approach, she meets with leaders to identify challenges, strengths, and desired organizational goals. Her work spans over a decade and her services include the latest research in race-based facilitation, cultural competence, brain science, mental health and community-building practices.
Tirrany is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a graduate professional counselor licensed by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors & Therapists. She works alongside an incredible team.
The Team is made up of dedicated and passionate professionals working to cultivate the Idaltu mission to fuse the healing practices of mental health counseling with social justice advocacy and antiracism education to identify and dismantle institutionalized practices of oppression.
VARIED EXPERTISE. COLLABORATIVE WORK.
KORI HAMILTON BIAGAS, M.A.
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is a truth seeking collaborator who is ready and willing to 1) face racial injustice - past & present 2) allow the truth of racial injustice to fundamentally impact their lives and 3) do the hard work of disrupting and dismantling thoughts and beliefs within themselves, their practice, and policies they enforce that are rooted in and thrive because of injustice.
CHIANTI BLACKMON, M.S.
What drives you to do what you do?
In the past I struggled to name the emotions I was feeling in response to varying levels of the oppression I experienced. I felt affirmed and relieved when I first found language to describe my experiences. Knowledge is an essential tool in combating oppression and I am driven to provide space for folx to also learn and name their experiences.
KIANA SMITH, M.ED.
What is an effect of racism that few speak about?
The duality of acceptance that a person of color internalizes - the battle of being free to present as their whole self and be comfortable, or to silence who they are and be accepted. This physiological struggle impacts how one is able to engage in the world and can lead to depression, aggression, insecurity, and relational toxicity- which are often invisible struggles experienced in silence.
STEPHANIE DURR, M.A.
Project Manager & Advisor
What do you wish people understood about oppression / racism / liberation / wholeness / mental health?
Mental health has to be at the forefront of the conversation about racism and oppression. I wish people understood the personal tax and psychological burden that comes with being the subject and object of antiracism/oppression work. The mental toll it takes. Because of this, the ways in which we care for ourselves through resistance, rest, or rebellion, is an act of liberation.
What do you wish people understood about the work we do?
That equity, diversity, inclusion work is not about checking a box or receiving a certificate of completion. It’s more than that - it’s “soul work” that requires both the recipient and spearheader to deeply reflect and reevaluate what is really true, equitable, inclusive, and just.
LE-ROY BATTLE, III
Information Technology Advisor
What does an equitable world look like?
Our inability to respect and value people’s differences is one of the root causes of oppression. Oppression leads to dehumanization, so entire groups of people are treated with a lack of compassion and remorse over time, allowing injustice to fester. To achieve an equitable world, we need to see past each other's differences and value each other because we are all human.
EDI Advising Intern
What drives you to do what you do?
My drive for this work comes from knowing the amount of potential that lies within those who have been subject to oppression. We are all capable of making a positive impact on the world, and we deserve systems that will aid in our success!