Cultural and Systemic Oppression

Systemic oppression, be it racist, patriarchal, or cultural, can have a strong and negative impact on your life and sense of self.  Systemic oppression refers to the mistreatment of people within a specific group, supported and enforced by the society and its institutions.  A mental health professional specializing in cultural and systemic oppression will specifically focus on facilitating your journey to understanding your experience with oppression and its influence on your life.

Local Experts in Cultural and Systemic Oppression

In addition to helping people to recover from \'Big T\' traumas like childhood abuse and domestic violence, it is also so important to address day-to-day \'Little t\' traumas such as being treated negatively as a result of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, religion, and other identities. These experiences often lead to self-blame and shame.

I've studied feminist theory, critical race theory, and trans theory at the graduate level, have written several graduate level papers and have taught classes in these areas, and have attended and continue to attend professional conferences devoted to exploring cultural and systemic oppression. I have a graduate certificate in Women's Studies, and have attended several anti-racism and trainings.

As a therapist and individual, I am keenly aware of the challenges of today’s sociocultural environment in our country and strive to do therapy that meets the unique needs and challenges of my clients – from a place of cultural humility and understanding of my own intersections of privilege/marginalization. Therapy is your place to heal, thrive and rebuild your resources to continue living.

I specialize in working with differences across race, class, gender, ability, religion and nation. Racism, sexism, and homophobia, etc are pervasive and subtle in every interaction I have with people no matter their background or culture, and my work also explores and unpacks the profound impact these issues have on people’s lives.

As a person of color, I understand the reality of coping with systemic oppression when one is of a cultural, sexual, gender or other minority. I make efforts to be sensitive to how this appears in my clients’ life, including challenging therapeutic modalities that are often conceived by and for those of majority status. I offer a safe space within today’s political climate.

I have over a decade of experience in studying social justice theory and participating in social movements. I have engaged in many community organizing efforts throughout the years and taught social justice workshops centered on issues around race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and others.

Intersecting systems of oppression broadly and uniquely impact us all. They are at the root of much of our suffering and disconnection from each other. While systemic change is beyond the scope of therapy, therapy can help to reduce internalized oppression, to shift your participation in systems of oppression, and to support you in any work you are doing to fight oppression.

As a person who has a bachelor\'s degree in women\'s studies, I have a strong foundation on intersectionality and the importance of including social justice in my work.

Often, our 'problems' are the result of social injustice (poverty, oppression, powerlessness) and not the fault of our own personal failings. Awareness of privilege and oppression informs our work as we identify and navigate internalized oppression in its many forms.

I believe that the workplace is inherently oppressive, with those above you profiting more off you than you are of them. By acknowledging this unfairness we can work to get our own mental and emotional needs met. Burnout is the problem of the system, yet it\'s our task as individuals to cope with it.

My work with clients often explores the impacts of oppression on mental health. Activism and art making focused on making and envisioning change can be part of our healing process.

I work from an anti-oppression stance that focuses on helping you to liberate your internal experience from cultural and systemic oppressions as well as recognizing how you may perpetuate the oppression of others through the privilege you hold as well.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I received training as a facilitator on issues of diversity and systemic oppression. Thus, my clinical lens is honed to not only recognize our individual and family experiences, but our group identity traumas as well. In therapy, we work with both your unique personal experience and your group identity experience.

Patriarchy has had its day. It is time for the age of the divine feminine, which is not a concept limited to women. All integral beings possess both feminine and masculine traits. intentionally flowing between them is an artform that provides unending benefit. Rejoice in your strengths.

Psychological theories and practices have historically perpetuated the cultural and systemic oppression of marginalized identities. Using the best of psychoanalytic and somatic modalities, I offer a safe space to challenge these inherited stories to support your growing into an identity that is truly authentic to who you are.

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