Episode 79: Relational Healing and Racism with John Edwards

In this episode, we're focusing on the experiences of immigrants and people of a color in therapy.

My guest, John Edwards, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Gottman Method Couples’ Therapist in Oakland, CA, with over 28 years in practice. John’s an immigrant from the Caribbean and a gay black man, these personal experiences help him relate to clients who feel marginalized or unheard in society. He knows that there isn’t just ONE way for relationships to work and that everyone has a different story, no matter where they began. 

Couples and families of color have to face issues of racism, sexism, and complicated relationship issues in ways unknown to white people. John sees this in his practice and highlights why the majority of therapists don’t understand or relate to the experience of an immigrant or a racial minority. 

John shares how deep-seated wounds from childhood can play into relationship issues and how we perceive even the most innocuous words and actions. In his work as a Gottman Method therapist, he has learned skills needed to actually listen and hear what his clients say, and these same skills that are useful especially in couples’ work are what our world needs today. 

And do stay tuned for Rebecca’s news about the future direction of the POBScast at the end of the show. 

Quotes:

 "This is the same healing our world needs. We're doing it with two people at a time but the skills are the same." - Rebecca Wong

"This is the same healing our world needs. We're doing it with two people at a time but the skills are the same." - Rebecca Wong

 "There is something unique about being with one's own community." - John Edwards

"There is something unique about being with one's own community." - John Edwards

 "One has to understand completely before one gets to an intervention." - John Edwards

"One has to understand completely before one gets to an intervention." - John Edwards

 "When we KNOW better, we should DO better." - John Edwards

"When we KNOW better, we should DO better." - John Edwards

Resources:

John’s website:  www.westcoastpsychotherapy.com

Find John on Facebook: LGBT Relationship GPS

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