The presentation will focus on understanding implicit bias in clinical settings and its impact on treatment. In addition, we’ll examine the intricacies of being a therapist of color in a predominantly white space and limitations when navigating mental health as a person of color.
About the Presenter:
Born and raised in Nepal, Aarati Ghimire (preferred name Ardi) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently practicing her license at Salt Lake Community College. She is also the owner of a private practice called Samsara Counseling, LLC. She earned both her bachelors and master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). She believes therapy should not have one mere focus of addressing mental health issues on a micro level but needs to move beyond and understand the complexities of a person from macro and mezzo level. Her approach in therapy comes from a multicultural, strength based and trauma informed lens. In addition, she provides special insights on issues with diversity such as acculturation, immigration, resettlement etc. and its correlation with mental health.