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A series examining how clinicians who are working to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive provide deep gifts to clients of all backgrounds.
Lyrica Fils-Aimé LCSW-R, RPT-S
Our therapeutic modalities are only anti-racist if we do the work to decolonize them.
What do we do with such polarized views on conflicts in the East?
Ancestral trauma shows up in messaging and stories passed down to children. How is ancestral trauma showing up in your clients today? Are you acknowledging it, or bypassing it?
Racial trauma can occur on a regular basis. Help yourself and your clients by making a plan to restore well-being.
We are aware of the inequities Black and brown people experience. What is less discussed, however, is their resilience in the face of generational trauma.
Unsure of what to do about racism directed at Asian American and Pacific Islander communities? Focusing on action, rather than performance, may help.
Private practice clinicians contribute to the mental health access gap.
Collective meetings feed our spirit and even warn us when we are in need of restoration or active growth.
Does "spirit murdering" occur in your practice as a therapist?
Do your Black clients discuss how they are dealing with the world around them? What should you do if they do or do not?
CBT and Validation techniques don't always work across racial difference.
What can white therapists say and do to provide therapeutic space for Black clients dealing with systems in the United States? Most of our learned techniques do not work.
What is it like for a therapist to experience a client's racial transgressions?
We need to interrogate and reflect on the white domination of our therapeutic practices. Then we can offer the true "Gift of Therapy."
Have you asked your Black and Brown clients how they feel about their skin color? This is an important question that can tell any clinician a whole lot.
Lyrica Fils-Aimé, LCSW-R, RPT-S, serves as a Director of Equity Transformation and Culturally Responsive Environments at the NYC Department of Education. She is a clinical social worker and play therapist with a private practice in Harlem.