Why We Need More Queer and Trans Therapists of Color

 

 

Check out my piece featured in Role Reboot on the necessity of queer and trans therapists of color!

 

"Unfortunately, even when people of color or LGBTQ people can access services, they often don’t receive adequate treatment. While the mental health field is slowly becoming aware of the needs of these communities, many therapists have no experience, or rely on a “cultural competence” framework, designed to address the social and cultural experience of different communities, but which fails to tackle political and systemic issues that pervade the lives of oppressed peoples. Consequently, many providers may do more harm than good. For LGBTQ people of color, who exist at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation, such substandard care can lead them to abandon treatment or emerge even more traumatized."

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