I returned to college as a 're-entry' student, in my late thirties, married and with three growing kids. I started out at Cabrillo Junior College taking G.E.'s when my youngest child entered the public school system. Within two years I transferred to UCSC and in two more years I graduated with a BA in Feminist Studies, a unique program and one of the few in the country. I continued on to get my master’s degree and three years later, I received my Master's in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
Both USF and UCSC are rooted in social justice methods and practices which orient one towards systems thinking. This way of thinking has not always been inherent for therapists or psychologists (cough, cough Freud). Systems thinking adds more context and paints a fuller picture of our lived experiences. From this view point, we are better able to avoid pathologizing one’s life condition or experience.
Both of my academic degrees, as well as my personal experience, tend to the intersections of human identity; gender, race, class, sexuality, location, citizenship, religion, ability. These intersections are at the root of a biopsychosocial approach to therapy. As individuals, couples, partners, parents, families, community members, we contend with all of these social markers on very real and intimate levels.
Hence, Audrey Lord's quote: The Personal is Political.
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Inga Knudson, AMFt #121378
under the supervision of
Lena axelsson, lmft #47915