Cultural Sensitivity Makes All the Difference
Psychotherapy often misses the mark when it comes to Black people, Indigenous groups, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ folks.
The mental health field is a system and as such, it’s seeped in the antics of white supremacy.
This overpathologizes marginalized groups and ignores the very real ways that racism, sexism, fatphobia, homophobia, ableism and other systems of oppression significantly impact the mental wellbeing of those targets.
Acknowledging this is vital to my work of decolonizing therapy and providing culturally attuned care.
We will be creating a therapeutic practice that works for US.
I’m a big proponent of taking what works from psychotherapy and leaving what doesn’t behind. There’s a lot that can be gleaned from better understanding our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
I believe this is best achieved in a context that takes our cultural background and identities into consideration.
I strive to create a space that is safe, accessible, and affirming so you can feel just a little more comfortable showing up as your whole self.
You Don’t Have to Wear a Mask
Too often, people are taught that in order to be accepted or loved, they must hide or suppress parts of themselves that others don’t understand. This can create a lot of pain and internal conflict, which can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Existing in two cultures is not an easy experience. There’s often a feeling of “not quite fitting,” and people who experience this can navigate it very differently. As we start the process of creating our own lives and paths, we can also start the process of integrating our different cultures.
Whether it’s being the child of immigrants, having a multiracial identity, or existing in a different culture than your own...
I work with people of intercultural backgrounds to understand and process their unique experiences. You can find ways to embrace the different parts of yourself and find cultural balance.