Culturally Responsive Therapy
BIPOC have navigated a lonely road. Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the experiences of people of color have long been unseen. This is especially true in mental health. In many communities of color, there is profound stigma in seeking mental health. This makes it more difficult in seeking treatment.
My goal is to not assume that I have mastered cultural competency, for competence implies an end to knowledge. Cultural awareness and responsiveness is always being learned--there is always work to be done. I attempt to meet my clients where they are at and to replace judgement with curiosity. We can be curious to know more about the social identity you inhabit and how it has shaped you. We will think about how the world in which we live has received this identity and how you have been treated as a result. This means discussion about microaggressions and racism you have endured and continue to endure.
Explorations of family dynamics including generational differences between first and second-generation immigrants and children are also important. How does it feel to be referred to as a Third-Culture Kid, an ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) or FOB (Fresh off the Boat)? Historical, generational and intergenerational trauma is often repeated and reenacted in our relationships. The experience of therapy can help give voice to this.