At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we believe Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities are at a critical intersection of trauma and resilience.
Over the last several years, there has been an increase in the number of hate crimes toward BIPOC communities. A simple Google search will reveal utter atrocities being committed daily against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in this country. Notably, there has also been an alarming rise in violence toward the Asian-American population.
Mental health for BIPOC communities is acutely vulnerable and never more important than right now. Daily microaggressions as well as larger instances of racial violence, hate crimes, and the effects of systemic racism can be felt emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Our bodies response system alerts us to hostile environments where power dynamics — white supremacy, privilege, toxic masculinity, gender and sexual expression, etc. — threaten our sense of safety or belonging. We feel activated and elevated and yet unable to share our truth.
These events, and so many others we don’t hear about in the news, cause pain and trauma that can last long after the events have occurred. In addition to unspeakable levels of present day trauma, or the triggering effects of past trauma, these events can contribute to a stigma of shame surrounding racial and cultural identity for BIPOC communities.
It is not uncommon or unusual for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to feel unheard or unseen. It is also not uncommon for BIPOC communities to be traditionally underrepresented in therapy — presenting a challenge for people who are struggling to resolve past and present trauma and who want to heal.
We believe there is value in being seen, being heard, and being understood. We may not be able to change the past, but our trauma-informed therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can help you resolve past traumas so their effects no longer cause harm to you.