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Why We Don’t Listen to Ourselves and What to Do About It

2019-10-28T16:32:27+00:00

  Margarita Tartakovsky,  an associate editor at PsychCentral reached out to me with these thought provoking questions about the barriers to listening to ourselves, and how we can shift this pattern. Here are her questions with my responses, which I hope help you in your journey in reconnecting with yourself! Q1: Why do so many of us not listen to ourselves?  It was at least slightly adaptive to not listen ourselves in the past: I [...]

Why We Don’t Listen to Ourselves and What to Do About It2019-10-28T16:32:27+00:00

Shifting The Perfectionism Pattern: South Asian edition

2019-09-23T16:54:17+00:00

How perfectionism holds the South Asian diaspora back, and what we can do to break free Perfectionism in the South Asian diaspora is a real thing. As a community, we value survival and stability so much that we place a lot of pressure to make sure we do our best to get ahead. Sometimes the mindsets we develop and teach down generations can have drawbacks in the long-run. One of these mindsets is a perfectionistic [...]

Shifting The Perfectionism Pattern: South Asian edition2019-09-23T16:54:17+00:00

Finding a Culturally Competent Therapist

2019-07-02T22:23:53+00:00

FAQs and Tips As you search for the right therapist, you might realize you want to work with someone who gets you. You might want to find a therapist who is familiar with your cultural background and experiences. Here are some FAQs and tips on how to look for a therapist who can provide culturally competent care. Does my therapist need to look like or identify similarly as me to provide culturally competent care? You [...]

Finding a Culturally Competent Therapist2019-07-02T22:23:53+00:00

Culturally Competent Care: What It Is and What It Isn’t

2019-07-02T22:19:52+00:00

Many minorities, when faced with systemic oppression, feel pressured to present themselves in a way that they feel is expected of them. They might avoid certain topics because they expect others will not "get it." Sometimes these patterns may come up in therapy as well, particularly if clients are concerned their therapists may not understand. Therapists who provide culturally competent care are particularly aware of different world views, including their own biases, and have the [...]

Culturally Competent Care: What It Is and What It Isn’t2019-07-02T22:19:52+00:00

Does Your Stress Stem from Navigating Social Identity Issues at Work?

2019-08-07T23:54:03+00:00

When social identity issues are not addressed well in the workplace, it can cause a lot of stress. You know it’s rough when your workplace stress is about the navigating the dynamics of being the only minority on the Diversity Task Force, experiencing cultural isolation in the work place, or figuring out how to address hurtful and infuriating comments from coworkers, clients, and bosses that are based in stereotypes. You miss the everyday stress [...]

Does Your Stress Stem from Navigating Social Identity Issues at Work?2019-08-07T23:54:03+00:00