Episode 64: Liberation-Focused Healing: A Call to Action With Shawna Murray-Browne

Conversations around dismantling systemic racism are becoming increasingly urgent and persistent.  But for some of us, we can feel lost on how we can contribute, even when our intentions are good.  No one wants to do it wrong.  We are all needed in this movement nonetheless.  So, what does this mean for therapists, healers and change-makers?

We have to start by asking the question:  What needs dismantling within my own life and what needs expansion?  

Does therapy look the same for all peoples? What is the difference between anti-racism and liberation psychology?  And what can we do to move through the discomfort that arises within discourse around race? 

In this episode, I connect with Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C, a liberation-focused psychotherapist and healer in Baltimore, Maryland. We discuss why we can’t continue to use the same concepts, practices, and applications for all. Shawna shares how we all have an opportunity to recognize the needs of brown and black persons inside and outside of the therapy space. We all have an opportunity to hold a healing space for those who have different experiences than we do. Together, we talk about the importance of honoring ancient wisdoms that have been repackaged and branded as “wellness” in the western world.  We ask the tough questions regarding trauma in black communities, how we can best be of service to the movement and the community, and in what ways we can move past common assumptions regarding black and brown persons within the therapeutic space and beyond. Join us this week as Shawna shares her call to action.

Quoted in the Episode:

 “It's a systemic dismantling of what isn't working and a bringing to light the possibility for other ways of doing things.” Rebecca Wong

“It's a systemic dismantling of what isn't working and a bringing to light the possibility for other ways of doing things.” Rebecca Wong

 “Wisdom lives in that space of unknowingness.” Rebecca Wong

“Wisdom lives in that space of unknowingness.” Rebecca Wong

 “One of the things that was ripped from black people when we were stolen from our land and brought to these lands was a lot of our cultural practices.” Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

“One of the things that was ripped from black people when we were stolen from our land and brought to these lands was a lot of our cultural practices.” Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

 “Instead of judging or going to the comfortable place of detaching, just sit and notice what's coming up for you.” Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

“Instead of judging or going to the comfortable place of detaching, just sit and notice what's coming up for you.” Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

 “I started to learn about epigenetics and generational trauma and I was like, well, if I'm going to be somebody's mother at some point, I need to fix this whole situation.”Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

“I started to learn about epigenetics and generational trauma and I was like, well, if I'm going to be somebody's mother at some point, I need to fix this whole situation.”Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C

Resources Referenced in this Episode:

Dr. Joy DeGruy 

Dr. Naim Akbar

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

 

Where to find Shawna:

Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C 

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Event:

Trailblazing Clinicians 

If you’re a Black or Brown Change Maker or Activist in Baltimore, join Shawna for a day of Radical Self-Care and Healing here. You can also donate to help to heal Baltimore's activists. 

 

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