Integrative perspective on mental health & psychotherapy

I understand clients’ experiences holistically through an integrated biopsychosocial lense

❁ I’m attentive to relevant biological factors such as temperament, genetics, hormonal changes, physical illness/ability, the neurobiological impact of trauma, and other physiological factors shaping neurodivergence and mental health. 

❁ Psychotherapy tends to focus on the psychological part including conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, wishes, and behaviors related to ourselves, others in our lives, and the world around us.

❁ I also understand the client as an individual embedded in a social/political world and I seek to attend to the intersection between the person and factors such as culture, race, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, various structural and material realities, and history and stories of one’s place and people. 

Type of therapeutic approach I practice

Current practice: My work is grounded in a base of contemporary and relational psychodynamic theory and practice and integrates perspectives from attachment theory, trauma psychology, intersectional feminism, and other liberatory and social justice frameworks.

Due to a physical ailment, I have also personally widely delved into a range of healing modalities, including somatic and energetic approaches, bodywork, plant medicine, etc. Though I don’t provide these in my practice, they naturally color my outlook and perspectives.

Earlier in my career, I was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, dialectical behavior therapy, narrative exposure therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Relational and depth therapies help people by:

❁ Weaving together a narrative of their life and how they came to be the person they are. I find that such a narrative lessens the feeling that there is something “wrong” with a person or that they are “defective”, “bad”, “weak”, “broken”, etc.

❁ Facilitating self discovery and developing insight, including identifying patterns between past and present, and between thoughts, feelings, relationships, behaviors, wishes, somatic experiences, etc.

❁ Being attentive to important attachments and relationships in people’s lives, both from past and present, and helping them understand the impact of these relationships and patterns of interactions between themselves and others.

❁ Providing people with the space to experience the transformative power of a genuine connected therapeutic relationship.

❁ Being attuned to people’s emotional experiences, and helping them understand, experience, and work through various conflicted emotions with someone who will listen deeply, witness, and hold.

❁ Helping people develop the capacity to hold and tolerate painful emotions and states. This includes helping them decrease their efforts to cope with pain by excessive distraction, avoidance, denial, etc.

❁ Helping people identify directions of meaning and value in their lives and supporting them as they seek to live in congruence with their values.

❁ Helping people understand the impact of larger structural, political, economic, cultural, climate, etc factors on their self, community, and wellbeing.