Milan Savoury, M.S.
Clinical work supervised by Esther Wright, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Florida (in progress)
- M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Florida
- B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
- B.S., Women’s Studies, University of Florida
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
I strongly believe that therapy is for everyone, to discuss anything and everything that impacts and shapes our life. Therapy is the space where we can say the unspeakable, cry, reflect, and grow in a safe and sacred place. My role is to be a fellow traveler in life, using myself as a tool to help you reach a better sense of well-being and self-discovery.
Core to my therapeutic approach is cultivating a warm, non-judgmental, and empathic therapy relationship. My goal is for clients to feel safe and validated in sharing their full selves. I share with clients that I consider them an expert on themselves, and that we will work as a team to help them reach their goals. When appropriate, I initiate discussions about our cultural differences and similarities. Helping clients gain self-understanding, including the role that their family and cultural background has played in shaping their current reality, is also central to my approach. I strive to help clients recognize areas of strength and coping strategies they don’t realize they have.
My professional interests include trauma, identity development, interpersonal relationship concerns, women’s issues, couples, and sexuality. My theoretical orientation is integrative, including humanistic, feminist, multicultural, interpersonal, and insight-oriented theory, with a strengths-based/empowerment focus.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
As a counselor of color holding a mix of privileged and marginalized identities, I understand the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the unique intersectionality of identities clients hold. I treat each client as their own individual, with their own mix of culture and identity that relates to their counseling concerns. I believe that all clients should be able to find a safe therapeutic space to be held and supported in their specific challenges and journeys. Thus, I make it my mission to continue to grow my own cultural competence and cultivate safe spaces for clients and students in any role I serve. I have fallen in love with the idea that cultural competence and cultural humility are lifelong learning processes, involving ongoing self-analysis and self-evaluation. I am passionate about working to diminish power imbalances and advocating for positive change. I aim to be an advocate for social justice and change and helping clients to feel empowered to do the same.
I enjoy spending time with loved ones, cooking and eating delicious vegan food, playing games (board and video), doing art projects, and being in nature.