Selecting and Maintaining a Therapist
For far too long, seeing a therapist or psychologist has been considered taboo within the black community. You might have heard things like, “Only white people go to therapy.” or “You’re not crazy, why do you think you need therapy.” So instead we rely on our faith, our family and our friends to help us cope with our problems. But while your loved ones may have the best intentions, in most cases they are not professionally trained. Faith can be instrumental in healing, yet I’m not aware of religious doctrine that discourages the seeking the counsel of others.
The process of embracing therapy is a work in progress but increasingly, African Americans are warming to the idea that seeking the opinion and advice of an objective third party does not represent weakness. If you’d like to speak with someone about a lingering issue or two here are some tips for finding and keeping a therapist.