Personal is Political
We recognize that personal change is difficult to sustain without action and change in the broader community. Tandem Columbus commits to advocacy in the Columbus community to help folks sustain the progress made in therapy. We do not believe that change can be made in the therapy room alone; therefore, there may be times that we encourage your own outside 'homework' to help motivate progress and assist others in their own journey toward self-actualization.
We will strive to focus on strengths rather than shortcomings and weaknesses. We believe that most clinical issues are a consequence of the broader social context, and that mental health symptoms are a consequence of learned survival strategies that are no longer serving us. The therapeutic process will include strengthening or redeveloping new survival strategies that better fit the moment.
We believe therapy is a goal-oriented process. As such, we will help co-define and develop realistic goals for change that will ensure you and your therapist are working toward the same desired outcome. The goals may change throughout the process, but it is imperative that a shared vision is first defined.
We strive to develop a relationship based on mutual accountability and trust. Rather than viewing ourselves as the experts with the power to help others change, we will instead consider ourselves a resource or tool for change, helping you to harness your own power and personal expertise to reach your goals.
Respect for Multiple Truths & Diverse Perspectives
We affirm the value of difference, and recognize the uniqueness of each individual. We do not believe that there is one 'right' way of facilitating or engaging in therapy and will rely on your experiences to help us know the best ways of serving you. We also recognize that all of us are balancing multiple identities (e.g. woman, son, Latinx, teacher, Muslim) and that each of these identities may produce sources of strength and vulnerability at different times.
Recognition of Oppression
We recognize that individual, family, organizational, and community problems arise as a result of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. We recognize that the effects of stigma require people to cope in ways that may sometimes exacerbate feelings of shame and disconnection from others. We will work to combat these harmful effects by creating the process of self-actualization and personal integration.