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
My training as a counselor had a strong emphasis on social justice. I believe in the importance of examining power and privilege as well as looking inwards to see how systems of oppression manifest from within.
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.
My graduate program concentrated on incorporating cultural competence in my work with individuals. We examined the effects of ongoing systemic oppression as well as how the dominant narratives effect our sense of person hood. There are multiple realities within a sociopolitical and cultural context that are defined by race, gender, as well economic status.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Systems of oppression permeate every moment of our lives. Racism, sexism, and classism are few of the many systems of oppression that have been part of our story whether we are aware of it or not. Understanding how oppression has affected my personal being, I am able to work with clients to create a safe authentic space to honor their whole experience, and see them for who they are.
I enjoy working with historical and ancestral trauma and consider the impact of the cultural, social, and political context of your life and the lives of your parents and grandparents. This has an influence on all of us, and I believe it\'s important not to just look at the nuclear family as an isolated, apolitical unit with singular influence on our psychology, but to consider the broader context
Most of our mental health problems are directly related to our experience of oppression. I have direct experience with this as a queer person.
Grow your capacity and become more resilient in our ongoing work for the liberation of all beings and the transformation of oppressive systems. \n
Psychology has participated in colluding to justify systems of domination, legitimizing norms and pathologizing difference. Obscuring systemic and cultural influences shaping our realities locates disorder within individuals, assigning personal responsibility for suffering and perpetuating shame towards pain, rather than recognizing structural origins.
If you are part of a historically oppressed group or groups and this is significantly affecting your mental health and wellness, we can identify and work on strategies to balance your life. I approach these issues from an intersectional lense.
Many symptoms that indicate mental health issues, can also be considered a reasonable response to a chaotic system. Persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable people may be experiencing anxiety or depression in response to the dominant culture and their daily experience with micro-aggressions and oppression. I\'m here to help normalize this and support you.
\'To the privileged, equality feels like oppression.\'\n\nOppression takes on many forms in the lives of the oppressed, from financial challenges to negative self-talk, substance use to mental health challenges. Working on eliminating systemic oppression is a focus of my life and therapeutic work with clients.
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.
I have direct experience working with folks who experience oppression and marginalization, especially queer and trans folks, rural populations, and folks who live below the poverty line. My approach focuses on exploring the impact of oppression on mental health.
here is no one-way to do relationship, though we often carry with us unspoken rules and legacies that may or may not fit who we are with our loved one(s). Sex, money, emotional labor, and parenting, are just a few places where we might get complacent or stuck. I have experience and interest in working with multicultural, and mixed-status partners. Special education in addressing sex and intimacy\n
Internalized oppression can look like a constant inner critic, a sense of hopelessness, or a repeated experience of aiming for success but experiencing failure. It\'s insidious and sneaky. External oppression is sometimes more obvious, but hard to fight alone. I will work with you to free yourself of the internalized oppression and turn that energy towards systemic change.
The focus of my graduate training emphasized social justice as an overarching theme from the perspectives of cultural and LGBTQIA oppression.
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.
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.
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.
I support the transgender, non-binary, and LGB community with living in the world as their authentic selves. I also offer groups on gender awareness in our culture and how to expand that awareness into becoming allies in our communities.
Although I am not a person of color, I have taken dedicated time to address and confront my implicit biases to fight against cultural and systemic oppression at it\'s core: to challenge the mindset of the oppressor, instead of simply sympathizing with the oppressed. One related training I did included \'How to be (Less) Harmful: Training White Helpers to Serve BIPOC clients.\' https://www.ar-tic.org
I have been engaged in social movement work of different types for most of the last decade. I have intimate knowledge, both personally and through my learning from others, of the complexities of oppression and how these manifest in our bodies and spirits, preventing us from living our fullest selves. I help individuals to grow their awareness of these impacts and to discover how to grow past them.
I have researched a wide verity of resources pertaining to the oppression faced by Black, African American, Latino, and Chicano communities. My clinical conceptualization of the oppression facing these communities comes from a Black of feminist/ Chicana feminist lens. It can help greatly to have someone who has walked a mile in the same type of shoes.
Many people who come from historically marginalized or minoritized groups find counseling ignores their lived experiences. I start from where we are situated in society and honor your lived experiences. By naming the historical, present, and intergenerational trauma of oppression, we can begin the work of healing, finding strength, and making space for rest and hope.