Culturally Competent Affirmative Psychotherapy
Racism, sexism, queer-phobia and other forms of discrimination remain common in society today. If you are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or part of the LGBTQ community or both, you have probably experienced direct discrimination. You have probably also experienced ‘micro-aggressions’. These are subtle behaviors by others that reflect conscious or unconscious bias. They reflect insensitivity and/or hostility toward marginalized persons.
Micro aggressions can be based on a person’s race, gender, gender identity or sexual identity. You may even experience micro aggressions regularly in your daily life. This can have a negative impact on your overall psychological well-being. Unlike blatant discrimination, micro aggression may be harder to detect. Nevertheless you will feel their effect, mentally and spiritually as a wounding of some kind.
Over time you may begin to experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Discrimination and micro aggressions, can result in the body experiencing stress. We are aware that stress may show up as physical ailments of various kinds. If you are feeling very stressed, it be related to your experience of discrimination and prejudice. You may not even be aware of it or how it is affecting you. Or you may be aware of it and not know how to manage it. You are not alone. As BIPOC, we learn over time not to let it get to us. But it does. We may find our own ways of coping but these may have limited effectiveness.
Until we find ways that really help us to cope with systemic oppression and manage discrimination in our lives, we can find ourselves feeling stuck in deregulated mood states. If you think this is happening to you, it may be a good time to talk to someone. Seeking therapy to help with these issues is a good idea.