Culture and Therapy
Being a therapist from a White British background I recognise that therapy tends to be delivered in services where most mental health professionals are white and have been trained in a Eurocentric way of delivering services. By reflecting on my practice I am forever learning how to deliver therapy in more inclusive ways to people from non white backgrounds.
By recognising my position of power and the privilege I hold I have been able to explore more what that means for myself and for others I work with.
I understand that for people from non white backgrounds, they can be more negatively impacted by trauma due to repeated exposure to racism and systemic violence leading to ongoing traumatic stress.
Sometimes, when a traumatic event has left a person feeling powerless that can sometimes be harder to integrate memories into to other memories as life experience has demonstrated that due to ethnic demographic or skin colour there has been a general feeling of powerlessness.
In order to address this I try to create a safe space within our working relationship where you can build trust and feel safe to explore issues that you bring to therapy. Through thorough assessment I will want to get a history of trauma's including race based experiences that may or may not be the primary presenting problem. Given the long history of Stigma and discrimination in mental health services I understand that for some people this has created a distrust in seeking support for trauma. I am happy to explain why we are doing what we are doing and be transparent throughout the process. This is not about me taking over therapy but you still being in control of it.