VALENTINA PISHCHANSKAYA-CAYANAN, LMFT
as well as English
Anxiety & Depression
Multi-Cultural Challenges (1st/2nd generation immigrants & cultural identity)
Stages of Life Transitions
Trauma (but not DID)
Sarah's case load is currently closed as she works on staff development, creating groups to teach the Language of Emotions, and growing the practice in exciting new ways.
Emotions are a crucial aspect of psychology and, thus, mental health. Unfortunately, families and society tend to pass judgement on emotions rather than teach or honor their function. To give you an idea of just how very emotion-phobic our culture is, even professional therapists (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) are not educated as to the function of emotions in their formal training. As a result, even therapists tend to offer only suggestions on how to regulate or control emotions. We here at Brave Acorn teach people how to work with emotions as bridges (rather than obstructions) to healing and growth.
Most people who come to see us about weight issues believe that that their weight, food, or body is the problem: “If I could just [be my ideal weight, eat what I should, fix my metabolism, etc.], I would be better and my life would be so much easier.” Our society’s so-called “obesity epidemic” did not originate with weight problems, however; weight wasn’t and isn’t the problem. Instead, over the centuries, authorities from various walks of life (and with various motives) have determined that people need to eat or look a certain way in order to be “good,” “attractive,” or “healthy.” In the spirit of Einstein’s quote above, we do not attempt to help people solve their weight issues by helping them fit into society’s current transient ideal. Instead, we help people shift to an entirely different way of thinking about (and treating) their own bodies and relationship with food.
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