Hi. I'm Ley. (She/they.) It's pronounced 'Lee'.

I'm an autistic, asexual, non-binary transgender woman living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I'm other things, too.

For example, I'm a philosophical life coach, queer mindfulness and yoga instructor, sexuality professional, academic researcher, and one-person punk band.

In the past, I've been a data scientist, a radio producer and host, a heavy metal journalist, an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and an apartment maintenance person who sometimes cleaned boats.

My CV is available


Struggling with the deep questions? The existential questions? The questions of identity and meaning, of authenticity and of thriving, or peace and purpose and place?

Well then, please feel free to
reach out.

Through multi-faceted, customizable coaching sessions, we'll work together in an affirming and trauma-informed framework to integrate philosophical, contemplative, and somatic practices and perspectives with the aim of effectively and efficiently engaging your way forward toward the realization of your goals and aspirations.

We're able to address a wide range of issues through a variety of approaches, with my specialties including struggles of identity, gender, sexuality, relationships, moral uncertainty, creativity, and authenticity, explored through analytic, feminist, existentialist, Daoist, and Buddhist perspectives.


Coaching is an unregulated field, and I believe in transparency. So, here's what I bring to the table:

Ph.D., Philosophy (with over a decade of teaching and research experience)

Sexuality Counselor (certified through the Sexual Health Alliance)

Philosophical Consultant
(certified through the Logic-Based Therapy & Consultation Institute and National Philosophical Counseling Association)

Mindfulness Instructor (certified through the Center for Koru Mindfulness)

Mindfulness Coach (certified through Michelle Young at MyVinyasaPractice)

Trauma-Informed & Accessible/Adaptive Yoga Instructor (RYT-200, registered through the Yoga Alliance)

Reiki Master (trained in the Usui lineage)

Geek Specialist (completing certification through Geek Therapeutics)

Therapeutic Game Master (completing certification through Geek Therapeutics)


Pricing Options

Per Session $50 (C) | $70 (R) | $90 (B)

4 Sessions — $175 (C) | $245 (R) | $315 (B)

8 Sessions — $325 (C) | $455 (R) | $585 (B)

(C)ommunity: for clients who would benefit from a little financial assistance.

(R)egular: default price.

(B)enefactor: for clients who would like to chip in and aid in others receiving affordable care.


For more information or to set up a free initial consultation, please reach out by completing this form. You also have the option of scheduling a free initial consultation through my Calendly.


Queer Mindfulness (Virtual)
1st and 3rd Wednesday (every month)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Mountain

Mindfulness for Kinksters (Virtual)
2nd and 4th Wednesday (every month)
6:00 - 7:00 PM M

Buddhism and BDSM (Four-Part Series) (Virtual)
he MŌN App
September 21st & 28th, 2022
October 5th & 12th, 2022
5:00 - 5:45 PM Mountain

Understanding the A in LGBTQIA (Virtual)
MŌN App — Let's Talk Sex Inclusive Sexual Wellness Series
October 11th, 2022
5:00 - 6:00 PM Mountain

Autosexuality as Queer Identity (Virtual)
exual Health Alliance Philosophy, Identity, Activism: Queer and Trans Sexualities Conference
October 22nd, 2022

Gender: Identity, Expression, and Embodied Activism
Furman University
November 3rd, 2022



Metaphysics: 50 Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Thought Experiments
(with Sam Cowling and Kelly Trogdon). Under contract. Routledge.

Philosophy of Comics: An Introduction (with Sam Cowling). 2022. Bloomsbury Press


•Public Writing•

An Open Letter to New Parents of Transgender Children. 2022. Clarity Child Guidance Center Blog.

"Don't Let Anyone Make You Disappear"— Heartstopper and the (Re)Discovery of Queer Youth. 2022. Anomalous Press.

Minimizing Misgendering: A Plea for Better Pronoun Practices. 2021. Aesthetics for Birds

Why Genderfucking is Awesome. 2021. Aesthetics for Birds

Bald and Genderless. 2021. Just Femme & Dandy 1


Scholarly Articles

Batman: A Case Study in Ontology and Appreciation. 2022. Bloomsbury Contemporary Aesthetics

Some Considerations Regarding Adornment, the Gender "Binary," and Gender Expression. 2021. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 79(4): 488-492

Aesthetics from the Closet. 2021. American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter 41(1): 1-3

Some Ideas About the Metaphysics of Stories. 2019. British Journal of Aesthetics 59(2): 147-160

Transparent and Opaque Performance Personas. 2019. Journal of Aesthetics of Art Criticism 77(2): 181-191

Psychologism about Artistic Plans: A Response to Rohrbaugh. 2018. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 76(1): 101-104

How to Be Omnipresent (with Sam Cowling). 2017. American Philosophical Quarterly 54(3): 223-234

Abstract Generationation: A Response to Friedell. 2017. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75(3): 289-292

A Return to Musical Idealism (with Carl Matheson). 2017. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95(3): 702-715

Unperformable Works and the Ontology of Music. 2016. British Journal of Aesthetics 56(1): 67-81

An Ontology of Ideas (with Timothy Schroeder). 2015. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1(4): 757-775

Yellowism and Ontology: A Skeptical Analysis. 2015. Contemporary Aesthetics 13

Conceptual Art, Ideas, and Ontology. 2014. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72(3): 235-245

Team-Teaching the Atheism-Theism Debate (with Steven Brown). 2014. Teaching Philosophy 37(4): 465-480

Inconstancy and Content. 2014. Dialectica 68(3): 337-353

Omniscience and Worthiness of Worship. 2011. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70(2): 147-153


Book Chapters

The Karmic Tragedy of Bruce Wayne: Batman as Anti-Buddha. Forthcoming. In Theology and Batman, Brake and Robertson, eds., Lexington Press

Sabbath Doesn't Need the Ozzman. 2012. In Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality, Irwin, ed., Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 126-139


Book Reviews

Review of Uncommon Sense: Jeremy Bentham, Queer Aesthetics, and the Politics of Taste. Forthcoming. British Journal of Aesthetics.

Review of Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics. 2020. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78(1): 126-129

Review of The Aesthetics of Videogames. 2018. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Review of The Aesthetics and Ethics of Copying. 2017. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews