Therapy and Racial Trauma

8 Jul

A friend forwarded me a link yesterday from Psychology Today yesterday regarding minorities and mental health treatment. The article discusses the mistreatment of minority patients in the treatment of race based traumas. I know all too well about this kind of thing as the most difficult step in getting help for mental illness can be findinga therapist who understands the kind of trauma that you are dealing with . In the last seven years I have been through at least four of them and I am still on the hunt here in DC to find someone that can understand the issues that I am dealing with and how to help. I am constantly working in therapy to help with my self esteem issues and I remember going to a therapist in 2008 and when we began to discuss my childhood, I remember the therapist asking me, why would I feel discriminated against by other African Americans when they were indeed African Americans. She clearly had not heard of colorism, so that was my second and last visit to her because I need a therapist that at least has an inkling of what I am talking about. As a community, we are not known for getting help for mental illness, and I am afraid that therapist that do not take race based traumas seriously, will further deter people from getting the help that they need.

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