Helping members of minority groups cope with the stress of stigma, prejudice, micro and macroaggressions, and discrimination.
Whether you are the member of one minority group or multiple ones, if you identify with a group outside of the majority, it is likely to lead to stress in your daily life. It can lead to challenging experiences at work or school, or in your relationships with family members, friends, or partners.
Do any of the following resonate with you?
- You feel as if no one understands your experiences with “the ism’s” (e.g., racism, sexism, etc.).
- The thought of being your authentic self seems anxiety provoking, unsafe, and basically impossible, and you’re not sure how other people make it look so easy.
- You feel as though some part or parts of your identity are seen as inferior by the majority of people, and this causes significant distress in your daily life.
- One or more parts of your identity have led to stress in your relationships or at school or work. In fact, it seems impossible to get away from the stress and drama it causes.
- You experience feelings of shame, guilt, or self-hatred around certain parts of yourself or your identity.
- No one seems to understand the difficulty of juggling identities in more than one minority group and how sometimes these identities conflict with each other.
If you can relate to these statements, I want you to know that you are not alone. Stress related to identifying with one or more minority groups is real, and individuals in these situations can benefit from therapy. Oftentimes, it is difficult for people to reach out for help and support, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is because they don’t believe that they deserve care, or deserve to invest time and money in themselves. I want you to know that you do deserve care and you deserve to take care of yourself.
Therapy Can Help You Feel Empowered
Navigating minority stress can be difficult. However, with support it is possible to learn to cope with it and begin to feel better. Imagine a life where you could…
> Feel inspired to engage in advocacy for yourself and others around you.
> No longer feel alone in advocating for yourself and in dealing with the stress you experience.
> Have a sense of hope for the future.
> Be comfortable being authentic in your identities and experiences.
It Is Time To Take Charge And Find Your Personal Power
Therapy focusing on your identity can help you find personal liberation. One way this is done is through naming your experiences with minority stress, reclaiming those experiences from those who have oppressed you, and then working on creating narratives rooted in hope and resilience.
Furthermore, therapy can provide you space to be authentic and unapologetic about your identities, as well as the ability to create a space to plan social justice action alongside your counselor. There is liberation in bravely speaking your truth, and therapy is a safe space for you to share your story.
How Minority Stress Therapy Works
Minority stress therapy consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, I will ask questions, guide you toward solutions, and motivate you towards empowerment. I play an active role in therapy and will be an engaged participant alongside you. Here’s how it will work step-by step:
- First, I provide a safe, non-judgmental space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me.
- Through hearing your story, we will honor your narratives and I will work to ensure that I am understanding your experiences without distorting them.
- We will initially focus on helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.
- We will also work to discover what your goals are in therapy and in life.
- Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.
- Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.
Research shows that therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. I provide counseling in this area using Relational Cultural Therapy, Intersectionality Counseling, and Liberation Psychology. I am happy to discuss these theories more with you during your sessions if you are interested.
Ready to start feeling better?
If you feel stuck and overwhelmed with minority stress, therapy can help.
Start now and re-discover how to be your authentic self through therapy.
Let’s Get Started Today
Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.
During the consultation, you can share what’s going on and we can explore how we can help.
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