Uriel Navarrete, Psy.D.

Uriel Navarrete, Psy.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Postdoctoral Fellow

Supervised by:

Sally Lineback, Ph.D.

Practice Philosophy

As part of my work with clients, I collaboratively explore the link among their personal history, relationships, interactions, and the larger structural systems. In doing so, I seek to increase client’s curiosity and understanding of these issues while facilitating change and promoting a curative space. Ultimately, I believe that clients possess the innate bodily wisdom that enables them to unlock their own power, resiliency, and freedom.

In therapy, I seek to create an environment that balances safety, transparency, authenticity, and humor. Depending on the needs of my clients, I provide more immediate relief to their current symptoms, increase insight to underlying concerns, and/or connect to emotions and bodily sensations in the present moment. As part of this process, I remain flexible, collaborative, and attuned to the therapeutic relationship and process. My approach with clients integrates relational cultural therapy, self-compassion, multicultural, experiential, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based techniques.

Areas of Interest:

Social Justice & Cultural Responsiveness

Many values and practices within the mental health field can often ostracize and invalidate marginalized identities and experiences. As a social justice advocate, I adopt a framework that actively deconstructs and challenges mainstream culture to de-stigmatize and decolonize mental health. In therapy, I draw from the following principles: 1) change is elicited through holding a high regard for client’s experiences and worldview while perceiving them as active and capable; 2) an egalitarian relationship between therapist and client sets the stage for building an awareness of power differences in therapy; 3) value in multicultural awareness creates the conditions for exploring the complexities of multiple identities while exploring the therapist’s privileged identities and its effect on the therapeutic relationship and process; and 4) empowerment must occur on the individual, relational, and sociopolitical levels as an essential process in therapy.

Racialized & Intergenerational Trauma

People of color (PoC) have historically been subject to prejudice, discrimination, and injustices as a result of systemic racism and white body supremacy. As part of this culture, white people have also been subject to secondary trauma (i.e., body-based responses to witnessing and/or inflicting harm to PoC) which often results in a moral injury. Being a member of the Latinx community, I am familiar with the experiences that are pertinent to Latinx folx and other communities of color. In therapy, I adopt an anti-racist framework and consider the personal, subjective, and emotional impact of marginalization on PoC while holding an understanding of the systemic structures of oppression. I work with my clients of color to increase their awareness of racialized and body-based trauma while facilitating a space in which radicalized healing and liberation can occur. Additionally, I work with my white clients to identify and work through constrictions in the body that might lead to fight, flight, or freeze responses.

LGBTQIA+ Issues, Gender, & Sexuality

As a gay man and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I intimately relate to the experiences of sexual minorities. My therapeutic approach moves beyond “acceptance” and rather adopts a queer-affirming orientation with an emphasis on reducing disparities among queer folx. In therapy, I view sexual and gender diverse identities as a normal variation of human experience while helping clients dismantle their struggles with heterosexism and/or trans negativity. I have experience in working with minority stress and marginalization, balancing coming out and staying in, managing challenges with queer relationships and family, grappling with religious/spiritual abuse, supporting gender-affirming transitions, navigating intersectional experiences, and adjusting to or dealing with a 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 attachments styles that impact the way we interact with our partners, kinships, friendships, coworkers, and others. The goal of therapy is to help clients increase their awareness of and identify their attachment style based on interpersonal interactions with the therapist. To facilitate this with clients, I often assist them with becoming aware of moment-by-moment emotional states/interactions, experiencing and feeling them within the body, and then shifting towards a more secure attachment.

Alcohol & Substance Use Related Concerns

Our dominant thinking about addiction as a disease and moral failure is misguided and responsible for our missteps as therapists and medical professionals in effectively addressing these concerns. Some clients use alcohol and other substances for a variety of reasons such as fun, pleasure, liberation, suffering, group membership, self-destructiveness, bodily needs (e.g., pain, fatigue, disease), and much more. As a therapist, I seek to re-humanize the narratives of psychobiosocial processes, health, and human rights of my clients by utilizing a harm reduction approach. Through this framework, I work with my clients by meeting them where they are at and supporting any reduction of drug-related harm. A collaborative treatment plan may include practicing safer use, reducing use, engaging in moderation, or setting a plan for abstinence/relapse prevention.

Additional Areas of Interest/Clinical Experience:

  • Assessment/Testing
    • ADHD Evaluations, Therapeutic Assessments, & Career Exploration
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Emerging Adults & College Students
  • Family Conflict
  • Eating Concerns, Body Image, & Size
  • Crisis Intervention & Suicidal Thoughts/Self-Harm
  • Undocumented/DACA/Immigration Concerns
  • Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence
  • Consultative Services
  • Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Services

Background

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Texas during August 2019. Having been socialized to Texan culture, I have adopted the use of “y’all” which has served me well. As a child of immigrant parents from Mexico, I was highly encouraged to pursue a post-secondary education. Although my curiosity for psychology seemed ambiguous and distant, my ambition led me to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the California State University, Dominguez Hills. Thereafter, I obtained my Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles and completed my APA-Accredited Internship at the Texas State University Counseling Center. My doctoral research has centered on exploring the personal narratives of Mexican American gay men as it relates to the intersection of their sexual identities and enculturation to Latino/x culture. As part of my clinical training, I have provided individual and group psychotherapy as well as assessment, outreach, and crisis intervention at a non-profit agency, school setting, community mental health agency, in-patient/residential facility, out-patient psychiatric facility, and university counseling center. Throughout my experience, I have held a strong commitment to cultural humility and social justice advocacy in and outside of the therapy room.

During my leisure time, I enjoy outdoor walking, hiking, listening/dancing to music, cooking/eating (especially Latinx inspired cuisine), reading, consuming podcasts, connecting and socializing with friends/family, spending quality time with my partner, traveling, meditating, and napping/sleeping/relaxing.