Black Lives do Matter and as an African American therapist, one of my main priorities is to be a resource to my community.
In my work, I believe it is important to know the WHOLE person.A major aspect of my work involves understanding how racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity affects one's experience. In that, it is my priority to understand my clients from all aspects and intersections of identity including race, gender, sexuality, class, ability and religion. As human beings we are multifaceted, diversity is broad and identity is fluid. So much of who we become as individuals is influenced by our history, our ancestors, or culture. The richness of that cannot be ignored.
Many times in therapy, it is easy to focus on the presenting issues and overlook identity concerns and how issues of race, class, privilege, gender, discrimination, oppression etc. may or may not impact presenting concerns and your overall experience. It is equally as important that attention is given to cultural considerations and how therapy may or may not be viewed as an ideal resource in certain cultures. Sometimes these issues can come up in therapy and present as barriers that can leave therapists unsure of how to move forward.
Unfortunately, all too often, underrepresented populations experience marginalization, racism or microagressions in everyday life. Therapy should not be one of those places. Therapy should be a place where you feel safe enough to explore these wounded areas and the residual affects.
I want you to know that I understand the complexities these issues present and make every effort to create a space of openness where you will feel comfortable in addressing these concerns if you desire.