Uriel Navarrete, Psy.D.
Uriel Navarrete, Psy.D.
Are you looking for an inclusive and culture conscious therapist? Many of the concerns that clients bring up in therapy often involve challenges related to their identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, body size, disability, legal status, etc.) and moving through a world that oppresses them. When describing their previous experiences in therapy, many clients have expressed things to me like, “my therapist just didn’t get me.” Additionally, some clients have even been unintentionally harmed by assumptions or comments made by previous therapists. As your therapist, it’s imperative that I hold a deep respect for your worldview, experiences, and cultural identities. In a nutshell, you can think of me as a guide on your journey of becoming aware and empowered.
You might benefit from therapy with me if…
- You appreciate a therapist who is supportive but still challenges you and provides honest feedback
- You find that increasing your insight about your problems gives you important information about how to resolve these problems
- You’re open to being uncomfortable within a tolerable range by connecting to vulnerable emotions
- You’re interested in learning about the mind/body connection and are open to involving your body as part of therapy. Example: Using methods to support your nervous system in moving away from a fight or flight response (tracking your breathing and slowing it down, or visually orienting to the room around you)
- You gel well with a therapist who is social justice oriented and are willing to explore the impact of oppression on your mental health
- You are open to moments of humor and levity in sessions
We are likely not a match if…
- You have a diagnosis that is better suited for a higher or different level of care (e.g., unmanaged psychotic and bipolar-related disorders, severe eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, debilitating and severe depression, imminent suicidal thoughts and/or moderate/severe self-injurious behaviors)
- You prefer a therapist that will only provide coping strategies to “put out fires”
- You’re currently unwilling to explore and get curious about your inner world
- You’re currently unable to tolerate feedback and apply it in a constructive way
- You’re not 18 years or older
- You think therapists should not blend therapy and social justice issues
Click the links to learn more about the approaches I use in therapy…
- Liberation Psychology
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Somatic Therapy
- Emotion-Focused Therapy
- Multicultural Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Social Justice & Cultural Responsiveness
As a social justice advocate, I seek to decolonize mental health practices. In therapy, this might look like challenging dominant beliefs upheld by mainstream culture and centering the experiences of marginalized groups identifying as, but not limited to, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQIA+, Fat, and many more. In doing so, I aim to reduce mental health stigma within our communities and make the therapeutic space more inviting and affirming for marginalized people. Here are some principles I believe:
- Change in therapy happens in part when you, as the client, are regarded as the expert of your own life and are seen as active and capable in facilitating your personal growth
- Power differences between myself (the therapist) and you as the client is something to be acknowledged and explored
- Cultural responsiveness requires that I, as your therapist, value multicultural awareness while understanding how some of my advantaged identities (e.g., cis male) might affect the therapy relationship and process
- Empowerment occurs on the individual, relational, and sociopolitical levels as an essential process in therapy
Racial, Intergenerational, & Historical Trauma
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have historically been subject to prejudice, violence, invisibility, and other injustices due to a racial caste system known as white body supremacy. Being a member of the Latino/a/x community, I am familiar with how systemic oppression weathers communities of color. In therapy, I use an anti-racist approach to consider the personal, relational, and emotional impact of racialized and intergenerational trauma on your body. I also help you learn the skills to tend to your traumatic wounds while supporting and orienting your body toward healing and liberation.
LGBTQIA+ Issues, Gender, & Sexuality
As a gay man and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I intimately relate to the experiences of queer people. My approach to therapy includes moving beyond “acceptance” and rather involves a queer-affirming orientation. In therapy, I help you uproot your beliefs about heteropatriarchy, cis normativity, and trans/queer negativity. I am experienced in assisting clients in the process of coming out and/or staying in, managing challenges that come up when blending their queer relationship with their family of origin, grappling with religious/spiritual abuse, attaining gender-affirming transitions, navigating intersecting identities and experiences, and adjusting to or dealing with an HIV diagnosis.
Developmental Trauma & Relationships
Many of us have experienced adverse forms of childhood trauma in which we were exposed to variations of unsafe, unpredictable, inaccessible, and/or unloving caregivers. As a result, we develop internal working models (or what therapists call attachment styles). These internal working models impact the way we interact with our partners, family, friendships, coworkers, and others. The goal of therapy is to help you understand how your interpersonal patterns match up with specific attachment styles and orient you toward behaviors that allow you to feel more connected and supported in your relationships with others.
Additional Areas of Interest/Clinical Experience:
- Assessment/Testing (ADHD Evaluations, Psychodiagnostic Assessments, & Career Exploration)
- Group Psychotherapy (Currently facilitating the BIPOC Interpersonal Process Group)
- Fat Phobia/Weight Stigma, Disordered Eating, & Body Image Concerns (Informed by Health At Every Size, Intuitive Eating, & Body Trust)
- Alcohol & Substance Use Related Concerns
- Adverse Family Conflicts
- Undocumented, DACA, & Immigration Concerns
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement:
Austin, TX is located on the occupied ancestral territory of the Jumanos, Tonkawa, Lipan Apache, Coahuiltecan, and Comanche peoples who are the original inhabitants, stewards, and caretakers of this land. I recognize and pay my respects to their elders, traditional knowledge keepers, and cultural advisors in their role of preserving Indigenous identity, cultural values, histories, and ways of knowing. I acknowledge the impact of and ongoing legacy of genocide, displacement, cultural erasure, and land theft of Indigenous People as well as unaddressed injustices. Learn more about Indigenous lands, treaties, and languages across the world by visiting https://native-land.ca/
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA (well, technically born in West Covina, CA and raised in Pasadena, CA, but thought maybe LA would give you a reference point). I moved to Texas in the summer of 2019 and have since grown to love aspects of Texas including its culture, food, and their people (minus the humidity, yuck). On my down time, I enjoy going out for morning walks (although hikes in Austin are my fave), listening to podcasts, connecting with family and friends, and spending time with my partner. I’m a huge foodie and have explored some tasty restaurants and food trucks in Austin…I’m especially inspired and drawn to Mexican cuisine when in my own kitchen though. Outside of those activities, I enjoy a good read, especially if it’s geared toward self-improvement, socio-politics, psychology, and/or history—although these days, audios are so much more convenient. On the occasion, I also enjoy going to bars, listening and dancing to music, and traveling.
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