I strongly believe it is vital to foreground the relational, social, and political quality of human life. All of us must navigate complex family relationships that are embedded in a larger social-political framework. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Many of life's difficulties emerge in the process of navigating these enormously complex institutions that organize our lives. The scale of these institutions can sometimes leave us feeling confused, alienated, and isolated. I think that healing sometimes (not always) means accounting for these larger social-political pressures.
I have thus worked with populations in exceptional social-political circumstances: members of the intellectually disabled community, and individuals court mandated to receive mental health services. These have been formative experiences.
I am therefore highly attuned to social and political factors in mental health and invite conversation about race, gender, class, sexuality, and related social-political issues.