I recently received an email from a distraught reader who shared his experience of racism with his therapist, only be met with ridicule and disbelief. Many ethnic and racial minorities who need therapy avoid it for fear of being misunderstood.
You love your children with all your heart and would never forgive yourself if something bad happened to them. However, you repeatedly see yourself sexually molesting them when they are in your vicinity. You try to ignore it but the worry just won't go away.
Racism can be perpetuated by therapists who are genuinely committed to the well-being of minorities and consider themselves progressive and egalitarian. Most of us go into the helping professions because we care about people, but even seemingly positive statements can communicate racism.
Even among therapists who have received multicultural training, racism often inserts itself unconsciously into the counseling process. Learn four ways therapists offend their minority clients without realizing it.
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