How to be a Better White Therapist for Black, Indigenous and People of Color
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2d ago
I've had countless conversations with well-meaning white therapists that ask me how they can "help" Black, Indigenous, and People of global majority better. I ask them what they've done so far, and overwhelmingly, they mean how to be a more effective therapist. Which, on the surface, sounds fine. When I return to the fact that therapy does not happen within a vacuum, White therapists are often at a loss on how to be "helpful" beyond upholding this very privileged, powerful "helper" role. No, asking BI&POC clients how they feel towards working with a white therapist is not "doing the work ..read more
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Why Conversations with "Strangers" Matter More Than We Think
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1w ago
Many of us are missing out on something really important: the meaningful connections we make with “strangers” everyday. In my mind, no one is a total stranger once you have spoken to them for more than 5 minutes, and feel comfortable enough to continue from there. If you find anyone interesting enough to speak with them for 5 minutes or more, then they become less of a stranger. There are things within a 5 minute words interchange that can go way beyond the mundane "How are you" - "I’m fine" meaningless exchange. A meaningful connection creates space to actually find out what another person is ..read more
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The Ongoing Nakba and Palestinian Families to Support
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1w ago
To tend to trauma, we must study history & experiences from the oppressed. If not, we uphold oppression and perpetuate trauma.  On 5/15 Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, we study the ongoing timeline of the occupation of Palestine from 1948 until today.  This video from IMEU offers a concise overview. "In 1948, armed militias, which would later become the Israeli military, massacred thousands of Palestinians, forcing more than 75% of Palestinians to flee their homes in order to establish Israel on top of stolen Palestinian land." See also Slow Factory's timeline of the mass expulsion ..read more
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Finding My Voice in Decolonizing Mental Health Therapy
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1w ago
Therapists have you struggled to find your voice? There are so many ways I have been silenced that at moments, phases, and seasons in my life I forgot what it sounds like. Stuck in survival mode I would try to hide behind my ability to gauge what people want and need. It looked like people pleasing, erasing cultural self, hiding my thoughts and feelings in order to make it through a day.  I am a desi (south asian) female who identifies as she/her living on Powhatan land. I walk with some marginalized (cultural/ethnic/racial) aspects of my identity and also walk in some privileges (racial ..read more
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Support & Resources for Student Activists for a Free Palestine
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3w ago
Student activists in resistance for a free Palestine: we continue to be in solidarity with you. For those newer to protests, keep one another safe, stick together, center the most directly impacted, create accessible spaces, mask up, uplift and lean on one another. Remember mutual aid, peer support, ancestral love & wisdoms. You are equipped! For those of us in positions of power: clinicians, supervisors, professors - how are WE responding to their movement? Are we relying on them? WE should be doing the most, putting OUR bodies on the line, not THEM. Please scroll down to see the spreadsh ..read more
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Achieving Body Acceptance and Loving Your Fitness Journey
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3w ago
In the pursuit of physical activity, it's essential to prioritize body positivity and self-acceptance. Rather than fixating on rigid outcomes or conforming to expected protocols, why not embrace a new perspective that would allow you to shift your focus to embracing the joy of movement and honoring our body's unique needs? Instead of viewing exercise solely as a means to achieve a certain look, let's choose activities that bring genuine fulfillment and happiness; prioritizing what feels good over appearance-based goals. By adopting this mindset, we can foster a deeper connection with our bodie ..read more
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On The Power of Narrative
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1M ago
A quote has been circulating: “As we free Palestine, Palestine frees us.” A common theme I have been witnessing and discussing with friends in diaspora is experiencing our parents and grandparents, survivors of the Nakba, talk about their experiences for the first time. We have also been talking about our own Palestinian identities and experiences in Palestine and the diaspora. In early October, I was sitting with my elderly father who was glued to the news on his computer screen, watching the bombing and saying on repeat “this isn’t just something that happens on TV. I lived this in 1967.” Si ..read more
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Liberation Through Rest (Pause and Resist): An invitation to imagine collective resistance
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1M ago
Part of the Rest Series. As a person who doesn’t see movies alone often, I made a spontaneous solo trip for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film The Boy and the Heron (How Do You Live? is the Japanese title) as a tribute to the previous time I’d seen a film of his in the theatre. It has been more than 20 years and I am still stirred by Spirited Away.  After listening to a new favourite podcast on which this film and Miyazaki’s oeuvre are discussed, I have been thinking about those who are surviving, dying, and grieving in Gaza, and my therapy clients who have shared their struggles and grief with me ..read more
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Untangling Love: An Attachment-Based Guide To Consensual Non-Monogamy, Part 1 of 4 Series
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1M ago
Attachment Styles in Non-monogamous Relationships: Navigating Intimacy Through the Lens of Security Part 1 of 4 (series) In the realm of relationships, one size certainly does not fit all. Although we live in a mononormative society, for many individuals, the so-called "traditional" model of monogamy may not align with their values, desires, or needs. Enter non-monogamy, an umbrella term that encompasses various relationship structures, including open relationships, polyamory, and other forms of consensual non-monogamous (CNM) arrangements, sometimes also referred to as ethical non-monogamy (E ..read more
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Migrant Justice: 9 Organizations to Get Support for Immigrants and Refugees
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1M ago
Borders are violently imposed upon Indigenous and Stolen Lands, a consequence of colonialism, capitalism, and the delusion of white supremacy, resulting in widespread forced displacement globally. Simultaneously, the so-called "US" exploits, incarcerates, and dehumanizes both native peoples and migrants forced to flee the turmoil it instigates in their homelands, particularly in resource-rich regions. Migrants, immigrants, and refugees often undertake the most hazardous forms of labor, yet they are systematically denied safety and security. We honor the lives, stories, and families of the 6 mi ..read more
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