Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. Mitra Deneuve
FAITH HOPE LOVE
I work with children and adults, and specialize in the following: depression, cultural
conflict issues, and sexual abuse cases. I have also served as an expert witness
in sexual abuse cases. In addition to my private practice and counsultation in Canada
and the U.S., I have taught Professional Ethics and Law and Practicum classes at
City University in the United States. I have also taught Practicum classes at City
University in Vancouver, B.C. I am honored and touched by the tremendous number of children
and adults, with whom I have had the honor to be involved, who have indicated that they would
follow me no matter where I go. I want to thank all of the wonderful children and
others I have worked with. I have been told by some attorneys that they would like
to clone Dr. Mitra.
It was a pleasure to have consulted a music therapy and a children's research project,
as well as the formation of a non-profit organization, dedicated to the children
of the world, with Dr. Francesco Palmirotta of Italy.
I utilize my personal philosophy in my work. I believe that human beings
are basically good. I teach that we have the power to make our own decisions. However,
due to circumstances and environment, sometimes we do not make good choices. We
can learn to choose to react differently. I teach women and men to respect their
own uniqueness and to generate a desire for them to know others in their uniqueness;
as they really are, not as we might wish them to be.
It is a privilege in my opinion to work in a position that I feel passionate about.
I remember the souls of those that hurt. It concerns me when I see individuals who do
not live up to their full potential in life. I guess these are the choices some people make.
It is not important what a person does, but that they do it from the heart and do it right.
I believe children are mini-adults. They must not be taken lightly. Please respect
them, please do not give them double messages. As a society, we must not preach something that
we are unable to practice. The message and the action of the messenger have to be the same.
I have dedicated my practice, first to the children and then to the adults.
I feel children whom I have worked with have reinforced my purpose in life. When I receive children's
comments such as, "I love you," "You're beautiful," and "you're the best doctor in the whole world.
I can talk to you about anything." "You are kind and caring," "You have helped me and I feel better;"
and parents and adults' comments such as, "You are a silent hero," and "...you speak and give from the heart,"
I feel, this is the highest honor, I could receive.
As a therapist, my role is not to change my patients, but rather to provide a good therapeutic relationship
so they can understand themselves better. I choose to keep my relationship with my patient free of
judgement and maintain an accepting position. I believe that it is not important where we are,
but rather in what direction we choose to go. It does not matter what nationality, religion, or color someone is.
Their contributions is what matters.
Love, kindness and humanity do not recognize color or nationality.
A humble person is a citizen of the world. An unkind person belongs nowhere.
I believe cultural dynamics are important in promoting educational and social success.
Multiculturalism is a way of life for me. It is a way to appreciate and respect every individual in their
uniqueness. I believe a learning atmosphere shall be a place in which patients from all cultures can have equal
respect, and feel special. We can learn to appreciate and respect each other's cultural differences.
Each patient has related to me by asking what my background happens to be, thinking it was similar to
theirs. I relate to each individual on a personal and professional level.My clinical experience in the
last 30 years includes working with patients of different backgrounds and learners that have attended various
It is difficult for the therapist to attempt to communicate with a family or a patient
without being sensitive to the cultural roots of the family and the patient. The struggle for individuals trying to
establish themselves in a new culture is figuring out how to keep their cultural identity without feeling ashamed of
their differences.I share the concept of similarities with patients, rather than differences. In my work
with multiculturalism, I emphasize that culture gives us our fundamental sense of belonging, of fitting into the larger
picture. I feel, and honestly believe, that I can practice psychotherapy with a man, woman, or child from any country--and
feel comfortable because I know we will discover something in common to share.
I have never denied therapy, for those patients who are truly in need of psychotherapy. I would not allow
their financial status to interfere with their treatment.
I believe that a true expert witness, neither feels rewarded for doing her job, nor feels discouraged for lack of
I share in Dr. Carl Jung's philosophy. The treatment of a patient begins with a psychiatrist or psychologist who
is able to cope and to understand his own problems and can teach the patient to do the same.
Understanding one's feelings and behavior reaches beyond psychotherapy. The doctor's psyche and intuition can help form
the diagnostic treatment.
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