Larisa A. Garski, MA, LMFT & Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT


Larisa A. Garski, MA, LMFT & Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT Larisa A. Garski, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and the Clinical Director at Empowered Therapy in Chicago, IL. She specializes in working with individuals, families, and young adults who identify as outside the mainstream—such as those in the geek and LGBTQIA communities. She regularly appears at pop culture conventions, speaking on panels related to mental health and geek wellness. 

Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC, E-RYT 200 is the owner/founder of Blue Box Counseling, a private practice in Minneapolis. Justine also specializes in working with clients who self-identify as being outside the mainstream—such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA communities. Justine is also the fearless leader of YogaQuest, a yoga organization that blends geek narratives with yoga to reach this underserved population.

Together, Garski and Mastin co-host the Starship Therapise podcast where they explore self-help tools and psychology through the lens of fandom.

“Are you Thor, the God of hammers?”: Using Therapeutic Fanfiction to Increase Client Self-Worth

By Larisa A. Garski, MA, LMFT & Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT