At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we believe everyone should be able to celebrate and honor their racial and cultural identity. However, we know that embracing racial and cultural identity can be a struggle for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, particularly in light of so much history involving racism (systemic, societal, and individual), discrimination, and other forms of oppression. Examining racial and cultural identity issues requires a magnified look at both our history and our present. We believe anyone can benefit from therapy, and recognize that therapy may be culturally taboo. Please know that therapy can be an invaluable tool which can help strengthen resilience and process racial and cultural identity issues for BIPOC communities.
Certainly, there have been a growing number of hate crimes toward individuals in the BIPOC community over the last several years. It’s important to remember that the stories we see or read about in the news are about real people who are experiencing real trauma and real injustice. These experiences can have a negative and lasting impact on racial and cultural identity and can contribute to trauma-related depression and anxiety. Trauma and injustice are an unfortunate but very real and deep part of our collective history and it’s important to acknowledge this truth during therapy sessions. Our team of professional therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can help people in BIPOC communities make sense of racial and cultural identity issues as it relates to their mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
White supremacy, privilege, unjust power structures, discrimination, stereotypes, toxic masculinity, and other forms of oppressive tactics in our culture are a grave threat to our sense of safety, our sense of belonging, and even our sense of self.
Working with racial and cultural identity issues in our therapy sessions, our trained clinicians at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can address many of these very real threats. Together, we can identify healthy ways to process these threats and to reduce the stress and trauma-related effects these threats may cause.
Racial and cultural identity issues are quite common in BIPOC communities; however, this same population is often underrepresented in therapy. Left unresolved, issues around race and cultural identity can result in long-term stress-related trauma and perhaps even intergenerational trauma passed down from generation to generation. We welcome all within BIPOC communities to consider entering into therapy to resolve past and present trauma and to achieve healing and greater peace of mind. It is a brave choice to delve into such deeply personal and painful issues; we are here to help.
Our trauma-informed therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy can help all who wish to explore racial and cultural identity issues and build coping skills to promote health relationships with the self and the community.
Your racial and cultural identity is significant; however, it is only one part of who you are. There are other parts, too, and when you work with one of our trained therapists at Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy, we’ll explore and work to reconcile those parts as well. As a holistic and trauma-centered therapy practice, our approach is focused on not just one issue or one part of you. Rather, we consider all of you. The emotional, physical, social, mental, professional, and personal parts. And we also consider past or present trauma you’ve experience to better understand your current feelings and emotions. Our objective is focused on your healing.