Academic Story

​​Bini Sebastian is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri, where she also received her M.Ed. Her research focuses on the role of mindfulness and psychosomatic practices in the development of identity and critical consciousness.  Bini has provided 50+ workshops and facilitated discussions on the role of mindfulness/psychosomatic practices at local and national conferences. She has also conducted published research on the role of mindfulness practices in the psychological well-being of people of color. Bini also has experience in teaching undergraduate classes on diversity, and she has co-facilitated multicultural labs for graduate students at the University of Missouri.
Bini is currently a psychological intern at UC Berkeley and offers psychotherapy under supervision. She has experience working in university counseling centers, integrative behavioral health settings, and community mental health centers. Bini views mental health through a multicultural, biopsychosocial-spiritual lens. She integrates mindfulness and psychosomatic practices with transpersonal approaches in her clinical work.

Bini enjoys collaborating with local leaders, healers, educators, and artists to co-create decolonized spaces for mind-body-spirt healing. She has offered consultation on mindfulness and psychospiritual practices to nonprofit faith communities, businesses, and health departments. Bini also loves working with students and hopes to bring liberatory and consciousness-raising practices to spaces in higher education, specifically through teaching courses on identity development and holistic approaches to well-being.

Clinical interests: identity development, transgenerational trauma, spirituality, grief/loss, psychosomatic approaches, mindfulness, self-compassion, BIPOC mental health, LGBTQ+ well-being, Asian/Asian American mental health, relationship/intimacy issues, and creative expression.

In her free time, Bini interweaves her identities as a counselor and visual artist to create art that is reflective of healing, liberation, and transcendence, a.k.a. artivism. She also loves practicing yoga, writing poetry, and singing.