The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ICE has attempted to discredit the professional credentials and licensure that I hold on a couple different occasions, with regards to my professional ability and scope of practice to provide a psychological evaluation and court testimony, to help an individual or family facing deportation. I reached out to my professional organization, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to request assistance of Mr. David Jensen, J.D. (click for bio), who is a staff attorney, to seek assistance with advocacy. Thanks to Mr. Jensen and a therapist's little voice, CAMFT is leading the way in establishing the respectability and diagnostic authority of California Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). To read the latest article published by CAMFT on the advancements of MFT's and roles in immigration cases, click HERE to be directed to the article.
Culturally competent mental health services signify more than just having a working knowledge of the interaction of different cultures and psychology. It means that if you have to bring your kids to our session because there is no childcare, I'm ready with activities for them to do. It means that if political issues and racial oppression are affecting your mental health negatively, then that becomes incorporated into our collaborative treatment plan. It means that if going to therapy is taboo or considered "weak" in your community, I help you come up with a good cover story each week. If you preparing to come out of the closet to an Evangelical Christian family in a family therapy session, I'm prepared with Bible verses applicable to your treatment goals and relationship goals. It means that if a member of an interracial/intercultural couple is misinterpreting the other's behavior, there might be a "cultural miss" occurring...Culturally competent mental health services are comprehensive, customized, and address the pressures and values of our many diverse identities.
Grace Pacheco, M.A., MFT
One of my passions is the intersection between culture and psychology...here's a little sample of stuff I nerd out on related to a third gender that has existed for a long long time in a particular Mexican culture:
It has been suggested that in the Zapotec culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, there is a three gender system which predates Spanish colonization. In Zapotec cultures of Oaxaca, Mexico, a muxe is an assigned male at birth individual who dresses and behaves in ways otherwise associated with the female gender; they may be seen as a third gender. Some marry women and have children while others choose men as sexual or romantic partners.
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I am thrilled to announce that I have been approved as a Subject Matter Expert with the licensing board, The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), I serve a wide variety of persons who seek support for issues related to relationship distress, anxiety, depression, LGBT issues, addiction, and other mental health disorders. I am proud to offer evidenced-based treatment and be recognized in my profession as a Subject Matter Expert!
It took about 8 hours to film 8 segments on anxiety reduction. I shared so many coping skills that untwist negative thinking, relax the body physically, and improve insight into how our anxiety issues came about in the first place. It was fun filming but I am happy to be back providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluations...it's what I do best!