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Ali Psiuk

Ali Psiuk

California, United States

Ali Psiuk is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies and received post-graduate training through Columbia University. Learn more about her work at and

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Ali Psiuk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences and Florida Department of Health.  Her academic studies were through the California Institute of Integral Studies which trains healers and thought-leaders with a holistic and progressive approach to scholarship.  Ali's work focuses on radical self acceptance, rewriting our narratives and redefining the norm.  

She completed post-graduate training in Global Mental Health through Columbia University and has worked in community mental health, the public school system, integrative health centers and private practice.  

Ali blogs for Well Clinic in San Francisco, CA, and provides online psychotherapy throughout the state of California.  She has been a guest on the podcast Rebel Therapist and Rose Aguilar's Your Call on KALW.  

The Therapist Next Door is her first book.  

The opinions expressed in this proposal are her own and do not represent the views of her employers.  

Online publications:

The Benefits of Online Therapy - April 26, 2019

All I Want For Christmas is My Partner to Agree to Couples Therapy - December 19, 2017

Fall Cleaning Meditation..a How-To Guide - December 8, 2017

Could My Child Benefit From Therapy? -August 22, 2017

3 Reasons Why Orgasms Are Good For Your Mental Health- July 31, 2017

Trouble Sleeping? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Insomnia (CBT-I) Can Help! - February 19, 2017 

Emotional 911: How to Handle Painful Emotions- October 13, 2015

How to Heal From Grief and Loss- June 10, 2015

The Real Deal About Longer-Term Psychodynamic, Psychotherapy- June 10, 2015

3 Easy Tricks to Deal With Social Anxiety- November 10, 2014

5 Ways to Manage Your Inner Workaholic- October 31, 2014

3 Important Questions When Starting Therapy- October 13, 2014

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Update #2 - TOP 10 Learnings During Pre-Order Campaign: Week 2 Aug. 13, 2019

1. Reading this article that served as a knowledge drop for me living as an expat. Highlighting #3 White privilege shows up as freedom "from the stigma of being called an immigrant. The connotative definitions of 'expat' vary, but they are all largely devoid of fear and xenophobic outrage."  True story, for me.  

2. I learned about the documentary Meet Mary Pleasant directed by Susheel Bibbs from Kiki, CEO of  
Called the Mother of Civil Rights in California, Pleasant "could love across boundaries of race and class without losing sight of her goal of equality for herself and her people, so hers is a healing and inspiring story for us all -- an American story."  

Want to watch this with me in spirit and talk shop? 

3. I learned about the benefits of self-publishing from author Rachel Zinman.  It seems self-publishing might be the best route to allow the most proceeds to benefit communities of color.  Rachel and I connected virtually from a part of the Earth where the earliest human remains have been found; the Garden Route or 'Eden' in the Western Cape of South Africa.  

4.  This week was tender as my church community, and I honored the beloved, retired psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Dr. Robert Lee Harvey, Jr.  In late June, Dr. Harvey and I were talking shop on the trauma to prison pipeline after service. He jotted his contact information down in my journal so we could continue the conversation.  He handed it back, looked at me soberly and said, "Okay, when are we doing this?"  My response, "As soon as possible."  He died one week later.  This work is in his honor. 

#5 -10 on this list is a short story involving a gnarly rash on my arm. 
If you are squeamish, let's pause here and reconnect next week for update #3 where there will be no rash-talk. 

5.  I laid on a massage table my first week here in Chiang Mai. The bed felt prickly under my right arm but, I just went with it. The massage was strong and I got distracted from what was happening, which was -what I now know to be microparticles of caterpillar embedding their way into my upper arm. 

6. One full, itchy, painful week later, tiny shards of said prickly insect bits are now pushing their way out of my skin through the natural, cellular process.  It is painful, gross, embarrassing, and there is little return on my efforts in the removal process.  I see this as a metaphor for how I can unconsciously participate in systemic oppression.  Stay with me here.  

7. How did this painful material get in there and how do I get it out?  I have little control over the process of expelling it all at once, healing has its own timeline, and I am unable to peel my skin off to take out the unwanted parts.   I can examine it to the best of my ability, get help with the bits I can't see and hope to not get any microparticles on anyone else in the meantime. Good thing I'm working remote, yes? 

8. I'm quick to blame the table (system) or someone else but, no, no- I noticed something, got distracted and did not do anything about it.  Little painful bits are going to emerge in their own time, like awakening to white privilege, and in the words of Ijeoma Oluo, "Nobody is going to hold your hand through this.  If you fuck up, you will be called out...If you want a fucked up silver lining, you can always remember that people of color (POC) are also doing this work, never have the option of taking a break, and also have to live through the actual racism being fought in the process."  

9. My lesson: I take personal responsibility for what I did not notice and I am compassionate with myself.  I will not shame myself as' stupid' or 'slow' but, I own I can only know what I know when I know it and I want to do better next time. 

10. Making the unconscious, conscious is the work of a lifetime.  "Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it."  - Maya Angelou

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With deep gratitude and a virtual download of dopamine for you,