Where do psychologists come from?
We emerge out of the womb of our doctorate programs with three things: a sweater vest, crippling debt, and a chosen theoretical orientation, a framework of assumptions on human behavior and impulses to assess and treat clients.
It’s useful for the practitioner, but many orientations are heavily Westernized, perceiving the self as contained and autonomous versus, say, in non-individualistic cultures. And how about for those individuals in a state of flux between these states? Anthropologists would use the term “liminality,” a great word for the space where you’re neither here, nor there—which can speak to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) experience.
All clinicians work with a theoretical orientation, but a few utilize theoretical integration, piecing everything into one grand unified theory. And I believe as a psychologist I’ve Voltron’d together a way of practice that will specifically resonate to you in the liminal space.