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.
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