Feature by Nikita Fernandes
I recently had the chance to attend one of The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance ( TASHRA) trainings titled "Exploring Issues and Clinical Implications around BDSM/Kink and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury." TASHRA is a non-profit working to improve the healthcare services of folks with alternative sexualities. It is a great resource for healthcare professionals as well as people that identify as kinky. The presenter was Dr. Markie Twist, PhD (she/her/they/them), who is an award-winning sexuality educator, sexologist, relationship therapist, author and international speaker. Dr. Markie presented great insights about NSSI (non-suicidal self-injury), which is defined as intentionally creating pain on one's own body tissue without suicidal intent.
It must be noted that the author is not promoting self-harm behaviors but rather exploring the purpose through a curious lens.
Feature by Dr. Sara Schapiro and Nikita Fernandes
Interpersonal psychotherapy was created to address symptoms of depression. It was at first intended to be a time-limited approach. Today, it is applied throughout treatment. Understanding how life events, relationships, and social support interact with mood disorders and other mental conditions served as the foundation for interpersonal therapy.
Mentalizing is the ability to “think about thinking”. The ability to observe one's thoughts and to consider what someone else's thoughts or beliefs might be (also referred to as “inner mental states”). The most important aspect of mentalization is the ability to be open to considering that someone else's thoughts and feelings may be different than one’s own.
Bateman and Fonagy created Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) initially for patients who were diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. MBT aims to increase the client’s ability to mentalize. Such as, the client will begin to develop a curiosity about others' thoughts, feelings, and motivations.