Wilder Therapy Earns Safe Zone Certification

BCBS awardFor LBGTQA community, interacting with the medical and mental health care systems can be an overwhelming experience. Experiences ranging from overt discrimination to subtle aggressions in use of language by providers and office staff can create a hostile environment for our community. Research has shown that experiences of oppression, aggression and discrimination by health care providers are barriers to LGBTQA individuals seeking much-needed care.

In an effort to vet providers and inform the public of safe medical and mental health practices and facilities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island launched its Safe Zone Certification Program. Wilder Therapy & Wellness is pleased to announce that the practice has earned BCBS-RI’s certification as a practice that provides affirming care for the community.

Certification is granted to practices and facilities that commit to affirming care in a number of ways including ensuring ongoing training of staff in LGB and transgender care, developed nondiscrimination policies for both patients and staff, commitment to using preferred names and pronouns even when different from legal documents, commitment to public support of the community, and providing  facilities and resources. All practices and facilities that earn certification will be reviewed annually by BCBS-RI. 

Okay, we know it’s cold outside and the snow is piling up. For most of us, weather like this makes us want to hibernate and binge on Netflix (or to “Netflix and chill,” but that’s a different type of post). We aren’t usually thinking about getting our bodies moving this time of year. One of the unfortunate consequences for many of the winter hibernation is low mood and depression. Short days with little sunlight only compound that. One of the ways to combat low mood in the winter is to get up and get moving (not always the easiest when you are depressed). The truth is, taking care of your body is essential to boosting and maintaining mental health. That’s why for the rest of the winter, we will be focusing on the interaction between mental and physical health. Keep posted for information on ways to improve mental health through caring for your physical self.

It’s Snowing…Time to Get Moving.

“Let the Zombies Attack” – Life in Balance October Focus: Psychology and Pop Culture

by Dr. Jami Wilder

I love a great storywalking-dead. The more complicated, the better. I love twists and turns of a well written plot that catches me off-guard with an ending that I can’t anticipate. I adore deeply flawed and complex characters that draw from me a complicated swirl of emotion. I am drawn to how much a well written piece of literature, theater, or television reveals about the human experience, even when the piece isn’t necessarily about humans.

Which brings us to the upcoming season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. For fans of the show, the Oct. 11 premiere will bring a new installment of life and death peril and dynamic, complicated human interactions that keep us watching season after season. As we at Wilder Therapy were talking over the show (and running through our individual and collective plans for surviving the zombie apocalypse), I was also intrigued at our draw to pop culture phenomenons and what we can learn about ourselves and the rest of humanity.

In case you haven’t guessed by now, we are proud nerds who do spend our free time talking about things like how zombies and psychology intersect, how Orange is the New Black spurred a Ruby Rose craze that led to new conversations about gender expression, and how the incomparable Shonda Rhimes is flipping the script on so many social issues. Our preoccupation with pop culture led to the selection of this month’s Life in Balance focus – Psychology and Pop Culture. All month long, we will be writing and posting about the intersection of the two. Our focus will also spill over onto our Twitter with Live Tweet event during the premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC at 9 p.m. (EST) Sunday, Oct. 11. (Stay tuned for more details on the event). We hope as you begin settling in for the fall and winter that you will join us throughout the month.

Jami Wilder, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and co-owner of Wilder Therapy and Wellness. She also has a couple of amazing survival plans should the zombies attack.

Making Transgender Health Care a Priority in the State of RI

For Trans individuals, the impact of overt and subtle discrimination and marginalization by medical and psychological health care providers can be devastating. Without proper support and education, even well-meaning practitioners can cause long-term harm to a community that has routinely been stigmatized and often hesitant to seek services as a result. Organizations that seek to change that reality are vital to prioritizing best practices in health care for the Trans community.

That is why we are pleased to stand with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). WPATH is an interdisciplinarywpathlogo professional and educational organization dedicated promoting excellence in transgender health care. The organization’s mission is “to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.” In addition to publishing the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which detail a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical care, WPATH brings together professionals who commit to promoting high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.

Both clinicians who work with the Trans community at Wilder Therapy and Wellness, Dr. Jami Wilder and Dr. Heather Wilder, have joined as members of WPATH, further reinforcing their commitment to providing care to the community. The doctors, along with other members from around the world, will be participating this fall in WPATH‘s first training program leading to Transgender Heath Provider Certification.

Helping the Youngest Rhode Islanders

We are pleased to welcome Marisa Soch, LICSW, to the practice to serve the youngest Rhode Islanders. Marisa currently has appointments available for children and preteens. To schedule, contact us or visit www.wildertherapy.com for more information.MSoch headshot

Marisa received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She also holds a Masters of Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. She has extensive experience working in school environments, community mental health, sexual abuse programs.

Marisa‘s primary clinical focus is working with children and their families.

In her own words:
“Our children possess individual strengths in coping with challenges. Occasionally, they may need some extra support. Therapy can be a wonderful gift for your child. The support and skills available in therapy can help children negotiate many issues. I have worked with children and families since 2001 and have been in the role of therapist since 2009. I am honored to witness children’s strengths, capacity, and resilience in navigating all sorts of challenges. By using play therapy in a non-threatening, engaging environment, I connect with children’s natural abilities through the “language” in which they are experts – play.

I have experience working with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, attention difficulties, life transitions, trauma and abuse, and school or peer related issues. I work closely with caregivers through the structured modality of child-centered therapy or through individual coaching sessions to help your child be more successful.”