Anti-oppressive therapy goes beyond traditional therapeutic approaches by actively addressing and challenging various forms of oppression. Key principles of this practice at Integrative Psychology Centre involve self-awareness, reflexivity, intersectionality, cultural humility, and competence. Clinicians are encouraged to critically evaluate their own beliefs, biases, and values, while respecting and understanding the cultural diversity of their clients. Collaboration, empowerment, social justice advocacy, and critical evaluation of research and practice also play crucial roles. While the journey to becoming a truly anti-oppressive therapist can be challenging, it is rewarding and necessary for inclusive mental health care.
It is an enriching experience to be exposed to different languages, customs, rituals, and codes of behavioural conduct. Thinking back to your own upbringing you may be able to appreciate having learned a second language, travelled to the part of the world where you’re family is from, enjoyed your ethnic cuisine and participated in meaningful community events and functions.
Grounding skills are used to help you connect to the present moment and are very important skills that help regulate intense emotions. Grounding skills help bring down the intensity of emotions when you’re feeling too much (e.g., very high anxiety, intense anger, impulsive urges) and will help you be more present when you’re feeling too little (e.g., numbness).
Feeling good in your body is not about how your body looks, what it weighs, or what shape it is. If you broaden your perspective and take a look at yourself and your body as a whole, you can begin the journey toward a better relationship with your body.