We internalize the characteristics, beliefs, and patterns of institutions and systems around us. We are influenced psychologically, emotionally, physically, and socially by the structures we exist within, shaping how we think, feel, and behave.
Explicit and implicit messages of acceptable ways to feel, think, and act are part of the filtering down of social, political, economic policies into our psychological, emotional, and relational realities.
As we absorb structural and systemic influences, we also emanate outward.
The ripples extend in both directions.
Increasing internal awareness can in turn amplify awareness of external surroundings and situations. Engaging in self-reflection, we can be more conscious within our lives, notice nuance, learn from discomfort, and grow acceptance for intricacy. Slowing down to pay attention to our bodies and minds can foster connection with our desires and values, urging integrity of word and deed with our ethics and own moral compass.
There is a cumulative psychological toll of injustice. It impacts people differently and disproportionately based on social locations, categories, and access to resources, and ultimately iniquities harm everyone. The internalization of systemic injustices and their rationales, iniquity and its disguises, can distort and trick us into believing it stems from within individuals. Too often psychotherapy has perpetuated this internalization, while also upholding sexism and misogyny, racism and white supremacy, colonialism, heterosexism and heteronormativity, classism, cisnormativity and transphobia, and ableism. I strive towards therapy that counteracts, challenges, and undermines those beliefs, to as part of creating a world of something different.
Deepening conscious awareness of how we show up, the roles we play in our lives, how we impact ourselves and others, how we participate in the world can enable us to be deliberate in word and action, rather than performing habits of internalized norms and beliefs.
Recognizing underlying beliefs opens space to determine whether they fit with the person we want to be, becoming more honest with ourselves and others, moving into greater alignment with who we’re called to be.
From radical consciousness and practice comes liberation.
Inner liberation cycles towards outer liberation.
*all session currently being held by video or telephone*
some areas of focus in my work:
jessamyn wesley, lpc