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Paula C.

Paula C.

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Psychotherapist
Licence:BACP
Experience(Years): 6+
Given Sessions: over 2000hours
Languages: Romanian,German,English
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:Stress, Anxiety,Relationship issues, Family conflicts,more..
Gulistan KARACA

Gulistan KARACA

(1)
Clinical Psychologist
Licence:BPS
Experience(Years): 5+
Given Sessions: +3000hours
Languages:Kurdish,Turkish,English
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:Stress,Anxiety,Relationship issues, Trauma,Family conflicts
Sam Agnew

Sam Agnew

Psychotherapist /Life Coach
Licences:BACP
Experience(Years):7+
Given Sessions:over 2500hours
Languages:English
Working with:Individuals,Couples,&Teen
Area:LGBTQIA+,ADHD,PTSD,CPTSD, Anxiety,Dyslexia,Dyspraxia,Dyscalculia
Racism therapy is a form of treatment that is used to help individuals who have been affected by racism and its impacts on mental health.

The goal of racism therapy is to help the individual cope with the effects of racism, and to work through the emotional and psychological trauma that can result from experiencing racism. It's important for individuals who have been affected by racism to seek therapy as soon as possible. The earlier the therapy is received, the better chance of recovery and healing. Long-term effects of racism can include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues that can affect the individual's ability to function in daily life.

Racism

What Is Racism?

Racism is a belief system or ideology that asserts that certain racial or ethnic groupings are fundamentally superior or inferior to others. It entails prejudice vs racism, discrimination, or hostility aimed toward someone of a different race because one believes that one's own race is superior.

Signs of Racism

Signs of racism can include:

  • Explicit Bias (indirect racism): Making discriminatory statements or acting in a racist manner.
  • Implicit Bias: Unconscious prejudices or attitudes that, frequently unknowingly, affect choices and behaviour.
  • Microaggressions: Inconspicuous, frequently inadvertent verbal or nonverbal taunts or slights directed toward underrepresented groups.
  • Structural Racism: Racial inequality-sustaining discriminatory practices ingrained in institutions and society.

White privilege manifests in various aspects of life, including education, employment, housing, healthcare, criminal justice, and social interactions. Racism's roots can be traced back to historical injustices such as colonialism, slavery, and imperialism, all of which maintained oppressive institutions.

However, there is a rising anti-racism movement that aims to actively challenge and deconstruct racist beliefs and structures. Anti-racism entails campaigning for equality, justice, and inclusivity, as well as actively addressing systemic injustices and encouraging understanding and empathy across racial and ethnic lines. Anti-racism plays a crucial part in combating racism's pervasive impacts and promoting a more egalitarian and inclusive society for all.

How Can Racism Impact Mental Health?

Racism promotes a cycle of systematic discrimination that harms people not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Racism can cause intense feelings of anguish, rage, and inadequacy, prompting some people to engage in self-harm as a maladaptive coping method.

Systemic racism can also lead to socioeconomic disadvantages, including poverty, unemployment, and difficulty obtaining support services. This cumulative effect is sometimes referred to as racial trauma, and it can show as sadness, tension, hypervigilance, and PTSD-like symptoms. Furthermore, media coverage of violence against minority people might intensify the suffering.

Furthermore, the emotional abuse inherent in racist ideas and acts can compound the susceptibility of those targeted, sustaining a vicious cycle of trauma and self-harm behaviour.

Addressing mental health issues like ADHD, alcoholism, bullying, eating disorders, and addiction requires a multifaceted strategy that includes education, support, and effective interventions. Individuals may face many obstacles at the same time, as these concerns frequently interconnect.

Individuals with ADHD, for example, are more likely to develop addiction or be bullied, whereas those with eating issues may use alcohol as a coping method. To address these challenges, a comprehensive understanding of the underlying variables leading to each illness is required, as is the implementation of specific interventions that target both the symptoms and the underlying causes. Furthermore, creating a friendly and nonjudgmental environment is critical for persons seeking help and accessing the tools they require to overcome these obstacles and live fulfilled lives.

How to Deal with Racism?

Coping with racism is a multifaceted and challenging process that involves both individual and collective efforts.

Therapy for racism can help individuals deal with racism in several ways:

  • Validation and Support: Counsellors can offer a secure environment where people can talk about their encounters with racism without fear of criticism and get approval for their thoughts and emotions.
  • Coping Strategies: To assist people in managing the psychological ramifications of racism, counsellors can impart coping strategies and resilience building techniques.
  • Education and Awareness: Counselling can offer information on racism, its effects on mental health, and how to deal with situations when discrimination is present.
  • Empowerment: Counselling can provide people the confidence to stand up for themselves, confront prejudice, and look for resources and allies in their local communities.
  • Trauma-Informed Care: People who have experienced racism might have psychological trauma, which counsellors educated in trauma-informed techniques can assist in processing and healing.
Counselling for Racism

Counselling can be extremely beneficial for people suffering from the mental health repercussions of racism. It provides a secure environment for acknowledging and expressing emotions, exploring racial trauma, and developing coping methods. Counsellors can help people develop resilience, practice self-care, and explore their identities. Counselling can also help people overcome imposter syndrome and increase their low self-esteem , especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. It is critical to find a counsellor who specialises in this type of help or has extensive knowledge of racial issues. Counselling sessions rely heavily on confidentiality and a non-judgmental setting. Here are some ways counselling can assist:

  • Emotional Support: Counsellors provide a secure and non-judgmental setting in which people can communicate and process their encounters with racism, validating their feelings and experiences.
  • Coping Strategies: Counselling provides individuals with coping methods to manage the stress, anxiety , and trauma connected with racism. This could include cognitive-behavioural approaches, mindfulness practices, and relaxation exercises.
  • Identity Exploration: Counsellors assist individuals in exploring and affirming their racial and ethnic identities, creating feelings of pride, empowerment, and resilience in the face of discrimination.
  • Trauma Healing: Counselling aids in the recovery from racial trauma by addressing the underlying effects on mental health and well-being. This could include trauma-focused therapy modalities like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or story therapy.
  • Counsellors inspire people to speak for themselves and their communities by instilling agency, assertiveness, and social activism in the face of racism and systemic injustices.
A Holistic Approach to Happiness with TimeToBetter

TimeToBetter is committed to a holistic approach to well-being, recognizing the complex interplay between racism and mental health. The platform recognizes racism as a systemic issue deeply embedded in societal structures, rather than a personal issue.

TimeToBetter provides specialised therapy and counselling for racism as part of its comprehensive services, recognizing the profound impact of racial trauma on mental health.

Our dedication to severing the roots of prejudice goes beyond private treatment sessions. TimeToBetter recognizes the larger context in which racism operates and actively engages in anti-racist advocacy. The platform offers a space where people impacted by racism can talk about their experiences, find support from one another, and work toward healing by promoting a sense of community.