Therapy can be a life-changing experience, but admitting you need help can be difficult! Our struggles are often blamed on our own individual choices, without looking at factors outside our control. We may come from families where our mental health was ignored. We may be part of a marginalized group that faces systemic oppression. We may be neurodiverse and living in a world not designed for us, or have a genetic predisposition towards certain disorders. The guilt and shame we experience around our struggles lead us to feel disconnected from ourselves and others. A therapeutic relationship is often the first step to reconnection, healing and understanding who we are. I believe that clients are the experts on their own lives, and my job is to walk beside them on the journey towards self-understanding. I also believe it is my job as a clinician, and as a human being, to continually question my own intersections of privilege and oppression, and remain committed to social justice.