Who am I? OR How did I become who I am today?
This question is a philosophical question and requires a thoughtful reply. I believe people are defined by relationships. I don’t think any individual can live without others’ contribution to her/his life. We are born in hands of individuals, live with others, and sometimes die alone and sometimes with others. Identity doesn’t get shaped and developed in a vacuum; it is formed in contact with others and relationships with others.
I am grateful for what others, in collaboration with me, have contributed to my life and made me become who I am today.
I am an individual, couple, family therapist, and clinical supervisor, hiker, cyclist, photographer, traveller and …
- As an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist:
I have been doing counselling/therapy since 1991. I am interested in helping people figure out what options and alternatives they have in life so that they can make the best and fit decisions for their life. As we know, we are born into a family, and we primarily learn from our family members how to live our lives. Family, as a small unit of society, is influenced by social, cultural discourses. Each part of our social life is impacted by its particular cultural setting which somehow defines and shapes our identity as its member.
I call my practice – Collaborative Conversation. I collaboratively work with people who consult with me on their concerns; I support them to steer their lives in their preferred direction. Mu conversations are to deconstruct what bothers one and reconstruct what one wishes to have in life. Therapeutic Conversations are about characterizing the problems, and finding out the problems’ allies because sometimes a problem exists in our life and a few problems get together against us in life and make our lives difficult. It can be tough to dismantle problems alone but together we can! Please see my website: http://www.taherehbarati.com to get to know more about me and my approach.
As a clinical supervisor, I enjoy passing on my knowledge to others. I am interested in enhancing professionals who tend to serve people in need and who are working towards the enhancement of their credentials in the AAMFT and CRPO.
- As a Hiker/Cyclist:
I love nature; I grew up with trees, rivers, fresh air, and gardens. I watched my dad gardening; I helped him in picking up fruits and vegetables. I helped him in planting new trees and plants. Nature has been part of my life, and it is what defines me. If I stay away from it for too long, I get homesick; I call nature my home. So hiking is my way of staying connected with my home. I could hike for hours and days. I love going to hiking trails and climbing mountains. The Bruce Trails has been my favourite spot in Ontario. I recommend you to put your boots on and go to the nearest trail and enjoy the nature…
I love cycling too. I didn’t know how to cycle when I was younger. Cycling is a fun skill that allows me to experience freedom on a different level. I like speed and enjoy downhill cycling more than uphill!! It is cool to be able to go to places without polluting the environment, isn’t it?
- As a Photographer:
I began photography in 1989. A friend of mine gave me a camera as a gift and then I started playing and taking pictures with it. I took this hobby to heart. I took it to my hiking trips and captured some landscape images. My friends liked my pictures and encouraged me to process them myself instead of having them developed outside. Those days the dark room was where you would process your images. So I made a small dark room in my apartment. I spent hours and hours; nights after nights; in the dark room developing pictures. I learned how to make my pictures perfect. It was fun and compelling to see how long it takes to have a minute of exposure. A moment feels so much longer when you are in the darkroom. Time is a precious thing in life, and we take it for granted. Make the best of your day!
Yes, since then, I have been taking Landscape, Urban Abstract, Street Photography, and People images. I have vast collections of images. I entered my images at Contact Photography Festival in 2009. I am planning to build a photography site that you could see my artwork. I used some of them in the header of this blog. Enjoy!
- As a Traveler:
One of my hobbies is traveling. Perhaps like you, I have a bucket list of beautiful places to see. I know I might not be able to see them all, but I will surely try! When traveling, I enjoy everything that a country can offer. Combining traveling and photography is fun. Photographing many beautiful places, its landscape, its people, and traditions. You will be surprised to see how many various ways of living exist on this planet; different costumes, food, social norms, traditions, languages, cultures, etc.. I like getting to know them all… I like learning about people’s life styles and ways of living…Traveling allows me to become more open-minded. It increases one’s awareness. It opens up one’s eye to a new way of looking at the history of humankind; it gives me opportunities to taste fantastic food; it gives me a chance to see and capture beautiful places that may not be around in the future due to the possible environmental crisis. And finally, it expands my emotional, intellectual horizons as it makes me more inclusive and human!