Black Girls, Therapy Is Ok
The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health states that African Americans are 10% more likely for psychological distress. This fact negates almost everything Africans Americans have been taught from childhood. That is, “mental health isn’t important.” If you’re a person of color, you’ve probably heard things like this growing up, “only crazy people go to therapy.” This unfortunate mindset is one of the factors in why so many African Americans don’t seek the mental health they need—deserve.
I’ve been transparent about growing up with a parent with mental illness. You guys know how hard that was and still is for me. It’s hard to place the lack of my parent’s irresponsibility for their mental health solely on them when I know that seeking help might not have been a realistic option. Today, we as a society have embraced the importance of protecting and nurturing our mental health, but I can’t fathom what life before this new era was like.
Many African Americans feel (I felt this way in the past)that there’s this unwanted feeling of failure that consumes them when they feel like they need mental help. If we’re being totally transparent, African Americans and other minorities are more likely to experience more psychological issues, due to just everyday experiences with race and discrimination. You guys know how intrigued I am with W.E.B Dubois and his theory on the “double consciousness,” the idea that African Americans have to adopt two identities; one identity with their black peers and another for white society. Knowingly adopting two personas daily is MENTALLY exhausting! I know this for a fact.
So, with my knowledge of my family’s history of poor mental health, I decided to take my mental health more seriously. I started therapy. Besides by traumatic childhood, I didn’t have any other things to sort out, or so I thought. As it turns out, I’ve been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), severe anxiety and depression. These new realities not only helped me to better understand myself, but it also helped my family to better understand me too.
Selecting the perfect counselor was so important to me. I wanted someone that shared my morals and understood me. I also wanted someone who was sensitive to the type of therapy I needed. Everyone’s healing is different, and I wanted someone that would be patient. After a few months of therapy and being able to let my guard down and regain my peace, I noticed a change in my spirit, so did my family. It felt as if I had lifted a large weight off my shoulders and cleaned my glasses. I no longer had to carry heavy loads, and my vision was clear!
I had to learn that although I can’t fix other people or their actions, I can fix how I react to them. I also learned that I could choose who and what rents space in my mind. Therapy changed my life and I’m so happy I invested in the most important part of my body—my mind.
I know firsthand how important it is to not only find a counselor that’s perfect for you and your journey, but to also find a counselor that won’t break your pockets.
Ray of Hope Counseling Services provides customary healing for anyone who needs it. Whether you just need someone to talk to, or you need extensive therapy for extensive healing, there’s someone here to talk to.
It’s important to protect your peace and what better way than with protecting your mind. With Ray of Hope Counseling Services, you can find the perfect counselor for you in Georgia since they offer therapy in Athens, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Peachtree City, Canton, Conyers, Alpharetta, and Kennesaw. In addition to finding your special counselor, you can access almost everything online; patient portal, book appointments, and you can also find encouraging words plastered all over the site.
Ray of Hope Counseling Services offers individual, couples, and even children’s therapy. So, it’s a place for the entire family. We have to end this notion that counseling is only for the broken. We all need someone to talk to—someone to lean on.
Remember queen, mental health doesn’t discriminate against color or age. Protect your crown.