Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Collaborative Conversations: Individual, Family, Couple TherapyEmail: [email protected]Web: www.taherehbarati.comI am a mental health practitioner and clinical supervisor using Collaborative, Narrative approach in her work with people who consult with me since 1991 and providing supervision since 2012. I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Family Mediator. As a Family Mediator, I offer support and guidance to families to develop co-parenting plans, separation agreements, and visitation schedules. I practice from a collaborative, constructionist, and narrative perspectives with individuals, couples and families at times of transition, conflict, and childhood traumas. We are in transition in our life journey, as we move away from a particular state of being and towards a new state of being. This is a journey of becoming where new ways of understanding and connection with self and others are constructed.Being present with people at their critical times has taught me to appreciate compassionately differences and commonalities expressed in relationships. Dialogue and communication are not possible without considering what attitudes one has towards the other. Our attitudes are sensory-based. I encourage my supervisees to tap into their multiple stories of self and clients and disengage from their rational state of beings and step into their relational state of beings, as we are connected in the web of relationships. Through our participation and engagement, we become more relationally in tune with others and ourselves. I am a doctoral student in the process of completing the dissertation, which centers on relational becoming and transformation of conflict narratives. My research is primarily directed at capturing unheard voices of people in different settings. Reflecting on the day-to-day interactions open space to explore and view critically dominant discourses (cultural, social, and economic) that shape our interactions with one another. Paying attention to the influences of broader discourses and practices in the field of psychotherapy as well as our daily interactions lead to the construction of new social worlds. In this dissertation, the utility of the construction discourse guides and construct new forms of connections in relationships between clients and therapists; the notion of self, as relational, narrative, and multi-storied, introduces new ways of addressing conflict in a collaborative, dialogical fashion; meanings are co-constructed according to people’s experiences of connection and disconnection.I am an avid hiker and photographer. My energy is enriched with my passion for nature, beauty, music, and poetry.