We need healing as individuals, communities and across the globe. Our life experiences shape us in profound ways. They affect how we show up in relationships and move through the world. They can negatively impact our view of self, our self worth and our humanity. When those experiences are marked by historical struggle, hardship and pain, it can be a great burden to hold. This is racial trauma. Racial trauma is the mental health symptoms a person experiences (mind, body, soul and spirit) as a result of racism or discrimination. Examples include individual, structural, institutional) violence, an act of terrorism, vicarious (witnessing, observing) acts of violence or harm to another, or racial microaggression. As a group we are experiencing a collective trauma as well.
If you have had or are experiencing any of the following symptoms of anxiety secondary to race-based trauma, psychotherapy is beneficial to release, work through, heal, restore and recover from the harmful effects and emotional and physical consequences.
Symptoms: stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, anger/rage, rejection.
Therapy that focuses on body-centered (somatic) are particularly helpful in discharging the negative energy connected to racially-charged life experiences (past, present, persistent or pervasive).