Affirming Care for People of Color
Being a member of a community that is racialized and politicized can be exhausting and stressful. This can show up as stomach or back pains, headaches, isolation, crying, anger, so many ways. People of Color have been misused, abused and marginalized by most sectors in the US including the medical sector. Ideally this would be acknowledged fully and truth and reconciliation would be open and transparent. Unfortunately we are not there.
What I attempt everyday to do is provide a space for my clients who are people of color to express their full selves. This includes processing of all types of oppression (overt, covert racism, microaggressions, etc.) how the oppression looks can depend on multitude of identities. Only if that is the topic that you would like to focus on.
Of course racism including not limited to minority stress, stereotype threat, dealing with model minority standards; is not the only thing people of color have to have to handle. Many diagnoses have shown significant differences in the expression of mental health diagnoses to a variety of communities. (Cross-Cultural Aspects of Anxiety, 2014; Black people & Depression, 2018; Asian, Latino communities & Anxiety, 2011; Ethnic Differences after Hurricane Andrew, 2002 ). It is critical to acknowledge and apply this information in the therapeutic space. Below are some great resources. It is critical to find a therapist that you trust and connect with. I welcome you to also reach out and connect.
Yes, I am a white therapist. This means I experience privilege, also less and different limitations. Additionally, I have been privileged to have the majority of my clients be people of color. Since opening my practice at any given time 50-70% of my clients identify as people of color. Attending the graduate program at Howard University, a Historically Black College and University, really solidified my cultural affirmation and humility. So grateful all the individuals and communities allowed me into their lives.
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