highbrowlowlife · RU111: DRS KSERA DYETTE & NATASHA HOLMES on education, psychology, race, gender, systemic violence

Rendering Unconscious welcomes Drs. Ksera Dyette and Natasha Holmes to the podcast!

Ksera Dyette, PsyD. is a 31-year-old, cisgender, Black West Indian woman, who is a Licensed Clinical & Forensic Psychologist in Massachusetts. She is an immigrant, intersectional feminist, and social justice-oriented clinician and her unique story informs her clinical work. As a person with multiply intersecting marginalized identities, Dr. Dyette does not get to hide some of these more important aspects of her identity and so though she is analytically oriented, she believes that the practice of being “blank,” is a concept that did not have therapists who looked like her in mind. Dr. Dyette maintains a private practice part-time called Cup of Tea Counselling, LLC where she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in working with diversabled individuals, specifically autism, developmental delays, and chronic health conditions. She also has extensive experience working with sexual trauma. Dr. Dyette spends the other portion of her professional time working for in a Juvenile Court Clinic, completing comprehensive psychological assessments for youth and their families who make contact with the system. Dr. Dyette’s additional services include individual and parent coaching, school consultation, and organizational consulting on race issues. Business Phone: 617-855-1243

Follow her at instagram: @cteacounselling

Natasha Holmes, Psy.D. is the founder and CEO of And Still We Rise, LLC, a group practice with the mission of increasing access to quality mental health care for communities of color by (1) specializing in providing services to womxn and people of color seeking culturally informed care and (2) providing individualized coaching and support to therapists of color who aim to develop their own private mental health practices. Dr. Holmes is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and life coach who works from a psychoanalytically and trauma-informed black feminist and womanist perspective while integrating cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral theories. She serves on the steering committee for the Boston chapter of Reflective Spaces/Material Places and is a Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholar for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (2019–2020).

Read her article: The Motherland, My Ancestors, and Me: My Experience Navigating Psychoanalytic Spaces

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Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more. 

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Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst based Stockholm, who sees clients internationally, specializing in offering quality psychoanalytic treatment remotely and online. Her books include Switching Mirrors (2016), The Fenris Wolf vol 9 (2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (2018) co-edited with Manya Steinkoler, and Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation forthcoming from Routledge 2020. Dr. Sinclair is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis

The track playing at the end of the episode is titled “And dreams… let’s see them” from the album “The chapel is empty” by Vanessa Sinclair and Akoustik Timbre Frekuency. Available as a limited standard and deluxe edition CD via Trapart Editions and digitally via Bandcamp.