Free from judgement.
First and foremost, I want you to feel safe, supported, and heard. I want you to find comfort in knowing that the therapeutic space between us is free from judgement.
I encourage self-reflection, offer support in times of crisis, and work collaboratively with you to set meaningful goals that suit your needs and strengths.
I take a compassionate and non-pathologising approach in my practice.
I believe we develop symptomatic parts (i.e., anxious, depressed, angry) as a direct response to our environment, experiences, and events in our lives.
Acknowledge external constraints.
Our society is influenced by systemic oppression, impacting current policies and practices in our educational, economic, and healthcare systems.
There is little emphasis on looking at the whys and hows of supportive networks and preventive strategies. These previously mentioned institutions determine the best practices, which often means formal assessments and diagnoses for mental health.
When we are labeled, we are often stigmatised and shamed. I believe these labels are assigned to people without truly exploring and addressing the detrimental effects of trauma via systemic oppression (classism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.). Moreover, society uses these labels in a negative context, consequently perpetuating the cycle of shame around people seeking help.
Reach out, I am here to listen.
“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
– Virginia Satir