As black women, we have been conditioned to believe and sometimes taught, through various sources, many damaging myths regarding the therapy process. I can understand why these mistruths have lasted so long. There is a justified, deep distrust of medical/healthcare and social service providers in Black communities. Both institutions are built on Black bodies’ treatment, specifically Black women, as curiosities to be gawked, poked, and prodded. But this fear and the lies that are born of this fear are not helping us.
Being a Black superhuman capable of withstanding all manner of pain, both physical and emotional, has become an unhealthy, unmerciful badge of honor.
You owe it to yourself to seek an outlet, an unbiased professional that looks like you, to help you explore emotional and psychological issues that may hinder your growth and stop your healing process.
The Individual Therapy process involves the treatment of psychological problems, which is conducted on a one-to-one basis. As the therapist, I see one client at a time, tailoring the process to her unique needs to explore contributory factors and alleviation of symptoms. Minimizing the impact of anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, and everyday experiences to achieve self-improvement and become the best version of “you” are common goals of Individual Therapy.