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EP43: Navigating Intersectionality and the Transformative Power of Psychotherapy with Silvia Dutchevici

March 02, 2023 Silvia Dutchevici
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EP43: Navigating Intersectionality and the Transformative Power of Psychotherapy with Silvia Dutchevici
Show Notes

On today’s podcast, Silvia Dutchevici discusses intersectionality and psychotherapy. Her extensive work has helped people to radically change their lives and move through trauma in unexpected ways. In this episode she talks about the multiple layers of human beings and why intersectionality truly matters. Join us to listen to this fascinating episode. 

Key takeaways to listen for

  • The value of uncomfortable conversations 
  • Three stages of therapy and what you can gain from them
  • What is the Black Women’s Blueprint all about 
  • Intersectionality: What is it and why it matters
  • Reasons for patients to demand better therapy
  • Tips to find the right therapist 
  • Political and social issues impacting mental health 

Resources mentioned in this episode

About Silvia Dutchevici

Silvia M. Dutchevici, MA, LCSW, is president and founder of the Critical Therapy Institute and author of Critical Therapy: Power and Liberation in Psychotherapy. A trained psychotherapist, Dutchevici (pronounced “doot-KAY-vitch”), created critical therapy on perceiving a need for the theory and practice of psychology to reflect how race, class, gender, and religion intersect with psychological conflicts. She is a founding board member of Black Women's Blueprint and a member of the Physicians for Human Right’s Asylum Network, where she conducts psychological evaluations documenting evidence of torture and persecution for survivors fleeing danger in their home countries. She trained at the Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program, the Parent-Child Center of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and the New York Freudian Society.

Dutchevici has a master’s degree in social work from New York University and a master’s degree in psychology from the New School, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and political science from Fordham University. She has lectured and presented throughout the country on critical therapy, including at Fordham and NYU, and has been featured in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, The Guardian, International Business Times, and Women’s Health.

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