Common Violet Therapy
Socially Conscious Therapy for Modern Times
We are committed to offering culturally conscious therapy, overcoming bias and stigma related to mental health and promoting mental well-being rather than the medical model of treating mental illness.
Considering all of the most common reasons that people seek therapy, for example, relationship issues, grief, lack of motivation, depression, anxiety and addiction, it is important for people entering therapy to understand that these issues can be addressed at many different levels.
Building On Supportive Care
The first level is the supportive relationship we build, which must include safety, trust and acceptance.
Acknowledging External Stressors and Their Effects
The second level depends on how you experience the world around you. I like to acknowledge the tremendous challenges we face in our modern society. One of the biggest challenges includes how quickly our daily lives are changing and how those changes may affect our future. Another huge outside influence is the cumulative effect of oppression. I want to be clear that I am welcoming to individuals who have experienced oppression related to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or being differently-abled. Regardless of whether you are part of a marginalized group, these factors, though often unacknowledged, can be an ongoing source of stress that affects our long term mental health.
Tapping into Strengths and Coping Skills
The third level is how we deal with it given our present circumstances. How do we build on the strengths and coping skills we already have or adapt our lives to better suit us individually? Anyone can benefit from this type of therapy. Approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness can be helpful for this purpose.
Identifying Internal Obstacles
We can use reality therapy to start to look at what barriers affect us the most in the here and now, but for many of us, the root of our problems can go much deeper. Many of us have traumatic responses to our experiences, perhaps more than we realize. Those approaches require us to use advanced coping techniques, such as those taught in dialectical behavioral therapy and using somatic approaches to calm the nervous system as a way of coping with both our traumatic responses and the challenges that arise in the external world. Using the previously mentioned approaches, we build a container in which deeper issues can be addressed.
Building Skills towards Addressing Trauma at the Root
Our traumatic responses can be addressed on a deeper level following other types of therapy. At this level, we examine issues that often arise from our families of origin and we learn to tolerate the emotions and sensations underlying those traumatic responses. Regardless of where you are starting and how far you wish to go, therapy can be viewed as important and necessary tool for maintenance of your mental health.