Is Therapy for Us?
February 2nd, 2018 by Cultural Therapy
Have you ever considered psychotherapy, but where unsure as to whether you would be willing to actually seek out care. It’s a scary thought isn’t it? That you might have to be vulnerable with someone and open up about your whole life with a complete stranger.
What if this person doesn’t get you? What if the hold assumptions and stereotypes about you or the social groups you belong to? Unfortunately these are oftentimes questions that people of color asks themselves about therapists…and it shouldn’t be the case.
Therapy shouldn’t be a space where you wonder if you’re going to be seen as a stereotype and not as you are. It should be a space that is affirming! Because you deserve it. So equip yourself with knowledge and resources. Let’s get you started on that path.
1. You deserve to receive services for your mental health that met your needs.
You deserve to be provided quality care by a culturally affirming provider that speaks your preferred language. You deserve to have a variety of options of providers in your communities that look like you and understand your cultural context and cultural narrative.
2. You should feel heard by your therapist.
You should feel comforted, supported, and appreciated by your helpers. You should feel appreciated, respected, and valued for your cultural narrative, cultural strength, and indigenous beliefs and practices.
3. You should require that your therapist be culturally affirming.
When therapists are able to explore their own cultural being/identities and assumptions and acknowledge their power in sessions it will change your therapeutic experiences. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against and oppressed in our healing environment and in places that should embody safety. You should be offered the opportunity to process racial injustices in a culturally affirming environment.
4. You should expect for your providers to be your agent of social change and safety.
Due to the history of systemic racism and discrimination, you should feel your therapist is advocating on a higher level for you and your communities. The power that mental health professionals inherently hold should be used to advocate for the community that they serve, and you should expect this of your provider.
5. You should be able to quickly access clinicians who are culturally affirming.
At Cultural Therapy, we connect you to culturally affirming clinicians, who commit to our mission to provide culturally competent care and receive ongoing training in knowing how to best service you!
Click here to find a culturally affirming provider near you.