About Our Practice
Our Philosophy & Core Values
Inclusion & Cultural Responsiveness
We are committed to providing excellent psychological services for our communities, with a special focus on those who hold marginalized identities, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and to gender, sexuality or relationship minorities. We strive to provide culturally responsive and affirming services that are sensitive to the unique needs and challenges faced by marginalized communities. Our practice is sex-positive, trauma-informed, weight-inclusive, Feminist-informed, and affirming of folks from LGBTQ+, Kink, and Polyamory/Consensual non-monogamy communities.
Our therapists have been heavily influenced by anti-oppression and Liberation psychology movements. We recognize all types of diversity that leads to oppression in our society, including ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, class, size, citizenship status, religion and ability. The historical systems of oppression (including white supremacy) that our society operates under impacts all of us regardless of the specific social identities we hold. In our clinical work, we seek to understand dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression that have shaped our clients identities, lived experiences and how they have impacted their mental health. For the BIPOC community, healing the wounds from racial stress and racial trauma (microaggressions, racism, violence, stereotypes, poverty, and discrimination) is often an important facet of therapy. As therapists, we seek ways to share power with our clients and assist clients in stepping into their own power, both in therapy and in their lives outside therapy. Our culturally-affirming approaches honor the cultural practices, traditions, and creativity that have enabled our BIPOC communities to build resilience and also recognize the impact of systemic oppression and racial injustice.
While we can never fully understand every facet of cultural diversity that comprise our clients’ experience, our therapists practice from a framework of cultural humility where we seek to understand the sociocultural lenses from which our clients view their systems and experiences. Our commitment to providing culturally responsive services and developing cultural humility is an ever unfolding process where we strive to educate ourselves so that we can more effectively support our clients. As therapists, we continually question our assumptions and explore the limitations of our worldviews shaped by our own intersectional identities. Our therapists actively engage in ongoing personal and professional development opportunities to increase our awareness of our biases so that we may provide culturally-responsive and culturally-affirming services to the communities that we serve.
Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism
ACIP is Latinx-owned business founded on principles of an anti-oppression and anti-racism. We understand that simply identifying as "not a racist" is woefully insufficient and misses the mark. We boldly strive to be anti-discrimination, anti-oppression, and anti-racists. ACIP is firmly committed to deconstructing institutional racism, white supremacy, and other oppressive systems across levels of our practice: our policies, procedures, organizational culture, and clinical work. To this end, our therapists actively engage in ongoing education and courageous conversations to increase our awareness of our own experiences of power, privilege, and oppression. We believe as ethical mental health clinicians that we must continually consider and self-reflect on the following:
Where do I hold privilege and how might these areas affect my work?
How have these cultural influences shaped who I am, how I see myself, how I see my clients, and how my clients see me?
How have they influenced my comfort level with other groups?
What kind of assumptions might be made regarding my visible identities? How have I made assumptions about other visible identities?
How can I go about seeking spaces to further develop my awareness of biases that may exist because of my privileged identities?
We collectively strive through these ongoing practices, to create a courageous, educated, and comfortable space to explore identity and the impacts that culture, society, power, and oppression have on each one of us and on our clients. As individuals and as a team of therapists, we strive to embody and practice consistently our ascribed values of inclusion, anti-oppression, and cultural humility. We recognize that as part of our journey, we will at times miss the mark or inadvertently make mistakes that are inconsistent with our values and intentions. We strive to remain humble, open, and ready for feedback when we don’t get things right. This includes leaning into the discomfort that arises, listening, reflecting and making the necessary corrections needed for healing, growth, and repair.
Health At Every Size
We are also committed to helping our clients develop healthier relationships with their body by examining the detrimental impact of sizism and size oppression on both individual and societal levels. Our clinical approaches are informed by Health at Every Size principles which include celebrating body diversity, promoting weight/size-inclusivity and advocating for critical awareness cultural messages, structural and systemic forces, and scientific assumptions that contribute to size oppression, fat-shaming, and fat phobia.
It is of the upmost importance to acknowledge those who came before us, those who walk among us and those who will stand after us in the generations to come. Our office is based in Atlanta, Georgia which sit on the stolen territories of the Muscogee (Creek) people. The Muscogee people were expelled from their ancestral lands, which include the areas now known as Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Before their forced removal by the US government, the Muscogee people lived in sophisticated, complex societies (complete with art, music, ceremony, agriculture, architecture and trade industries) and autonomous tribal towns that together formed a multi-part union known as the Muscogee Creek Confederacy. We believe it is important to honor the painful history of genocide and the thousands of lives lost during the Trail of Tears.
We gratefully acknowledge the Muscogee people on whose ancestral homelands we gather, as as well as the diverse and vibrant Native communities who still make their home here today (according to the 2010 Census, the state of Georgia reported that approximately 2% of the Atlanta population was Native American). We are grateful for the opportunity to work and live here, and to offer healing to clients and each other, on these indigenous peoples’ traditional homelands.
ACIP Policies for Resuming In-Person Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
If you Decide to Participate In-Office Services:
Most of our services will remain via telehealth at this time. Clients may be seen in person based upon clinical need and client preference provided they meet the guidelines below. The decision to meet in-person is entirely up to clients and clinicians; if either is uncomfortable with face-to-face services at this time, this will be respected by all parties and telehealth will resume. It is very important that we strike a balance between the need to serve our client’s mental health needs and to keep them safe from COVID-19. If you decide to participate in-office services, you will be required to sign ACIP's consent form for in-person services. You will then be expected to follow the listed safety policies to maintain your in-office services. ACIP retains the right to ask clients to move to telehealth services if we deem it necessary. If you do not comply with these policies, your appointment will be CANCELED
To maintain the Safety of the Office, you Agree to Comply with the Following:
You must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the appointment.
You will adhere to safe distancing measures. Clients, and ACIP staff will stay 6 feet apart from one another at all times. No physical contact is permitted.
Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals (clients and ACIP staff) entering the office (including children) will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times in all common areas. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
You will wash your hands when you enter the building or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you enter the suite. Sanitizer is located in the office for usage.
You agree not to present for in-person services if you have a fever, shortness of breath, coughing, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to another person who is showing signs of infection or has confirmed COVID-19 within the past two weeks.
Parents, if you are bringing your child in for therapy, you will make sure they are aware of ACIP policies.
The waiting room will be available, however the Keuring machine/access to beverages will not be available.
You will not bring visitors to your sessions.
ACIP's Efforts for In-Office Safety Precautions
We have required our ACIP team members to increase cleaning and disinfection protocols across all high-volume touchpoints like door handles, surfaces, entrances/exits, along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitizing materials and products. There will be sanitizing and disinfection materials for us in our offices and meeting rooms.
ACIP therapists and staff will employ and comply with the following safety measures:
ACIP therapists are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
ACIP office staff and therapists will wear masks and maintain safe distancing from clients.
Everyone is required to wash/sanitize their hands frequently.
Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in the therapy rooms, and at the reception counter.
Physical contact is not permitted between office staff and clients or between therapists and clients.
Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of frequently.
Common areas and objects like the waiting room, therapy/testing rooms, Credit cards, pads, pens, door handles, and other surfaces are thoroughly disinfected after each use and at the end of each day.
If You or any Member of Your Family Are Infected with Covid-19:
ACIP is committed to keeping you, our staff, and all our families safe from the spread of coronavirus. If you show up for an appointment and your therapist or the office staff believe that you have a fever or other symptoms, or believe you have been exposed to coronavirus, ACIP will have to require you to leave the office immediately. We can follow up with services by telehealth as appropriate. All sick or recently exposed individuals will be asked to remain seeking telehealth services.
We must all do our part to avoid spreading COVID-19 or any other illness to our communities. If you are uncomfortable leaving your home, we invite you to stay home. We will not penalize you for choosing to seek telehealth services. You can remain scheduled for telehealth appointments or sign up for them at any time. You are in no way obligated to attend in-office appointments.
If you are sick or not feeling well at the time of your appointment, PLEASE REMAIN HOME. If you are sick at the time of your appointment, we will switch all upcoming appointments to telehealth until you are no longer sick.
Please be mindful of our late cancelation/no show policy. If you have NOT tested positive for COVID-19, you will still be required to cancel your appointment 48 business hours before your appointment. The late cancelation/no show fee is still in place for individuals who have non-coronavirus related cancelations. Please call 48 business hours in advance to cancel your appointment if needed.
Thank you very much for your cooperation and doing your part to keep us all safe.