Over the past year, I have been having an increasing number of conversations with other counselors about racial trauma. Thankfully there are many therapists who are starting to pay close attention to the depth of racial trauma as well as pay attention to what we need to do as therapists to help people who have had to deal with this, and NOT create further trauma in counseling by our own ignorance.
A colleague has started an important resource, which is a therapist directory designed with a strong emphasis on inclusiveness. Jeff Guenther screens therapists with an eye towards putting only therapists on this directory who are open and accepting of all people. I am grateful to be a part of his directory and include the great counselors we have here at LifePaths as well.
I’ve also contributed to the content on his site, with an article that describes part of my own journey as a white woman, and realizations about how deep racial issues go. I wrote “Becky? Who, ME?” a while back, and Jeff published it earlier this week.
Cathy Wilson, LPC ACS, Director of LifePaths Counseling Center