Political Climate

A growing number of individuals are experiencing stress and anxiety related to the current political climate. Regardless of your party or political affiliation, when current events are stressful or uncertain, especially on a large scale, it is totally normal to feel increased anxiety, fear, anger or worry. Minorities in particular may be feeling increased fear at the potential impact of the current administration. Whether it’s techniques to help you limit the time you spend online or guidance on getting involved with causes you believe in, a qualified mental health professional can help you cope with the chaos of the current political climate. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s political climate experts.

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We do not exist in a vacuum since we are all part of a sociopolitical and economic world structure. Indeed, “the personal is political” – i.e. our individual struggles may be generated and intensified by sociopolitical and economic systems, as well as power struggles within our relationships. Our goal would be to bring those dynamics within the therapeutic process since they inform who we are as client and therapist, as well as highlight the path for a more inclusive healing process.

— Anny Papatheodorou, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

In many ways it is a remarkable time to be alive. As someone who needs a daily grounding practice to cope with the seeming precarity of our collective existence, I am sensitive to those for whom things like climate anxiety or a sense of hopelessness about political dysfunction, represent intrusive thoughts that impede daily functioning. Remember that we're in this together, and that connection - cultivating a solidarity mindset - is a powerful antidote to the forces working against our survival.

— Chris Chaplin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The current political climate is extremely tough to deal with, but I have learned ways to help deal with these troubled times. Let me help you too.

— Adam Saltz, Clinical Social Worker in Sudbury, MA
 

Our current political climate is undeniably exacerbating symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and stress. I hear everyday how this is affecting people, nonetheless, I rarely see clients come in to therapy to address these issues because "it's not bad enough." Your experience around our political issues and concerns are valid, and you're welcome to process these in session with me.

— Melanie Arroyo Pérez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Olathe, KS

The political climate of the country is driving so much stress, anxiety, anger, and overall strong emotion. We look at the ways this is showing up in your life and interfering with the way you want to live, think, and interact with those around you. I truly believe that in this country we have more in common with each other than we do differences and we can learn so much from each other. The good in the world does outweigh the hate in the world, despite what the news may choose to emphasize.

— Laura Mueller-Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Round Rock, TX
 

Todays political climate has affected us. It has caused anxiety and fear in nearly all of us. It has torn apart families and left too many feeling scared and alone. I studied political science in college and have been fascinated by the social science aspect. Sadly, while most of us have found people who share the same political leanings, we have also felt a profound sense of disconnection from those with whom our values don't align. Regardless of what your bumper sticker says, I am here for you.

— Kimberley L. McNickle, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in BELLINGHAM, WA

"If you're not depressed/anxious, you're not paying attention." Have you heard or said this before? "You just have to learn to accept the things that you can't change." How about that? While it's true that learning to accept what we can't change is hugely important for our mental health, what's also important is not settling for circumstances that we desperately want to change without giving it a good try. We're capable of much more than we know, and discovering that is part of our healing.

— Nicholas Reynolds, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Today's political climate can feel very scary...I hold a space for my clients to feel safe, heard, understood and validated. I can help you process your feelings of anger, grief, fear, ect. regarding political and social issues. You control the pace in which we do this work, and are in control of how we move through the therapeutic process. I'm also here to help you reconcile any opposing parts within yourself which may feel incongruent.

— Sarah Iaccarino, Counselor in West Hollywood, CA

While one may choose to not attend to politics, none of us exist outside of our political systems. Power distribution, institutionalized discrimination and racism, income and rights inequality affect the vast majority of us negatively in multiple ways. Together we can work toward ways to heal from those effects to empower you internally, interpersonally, culturally and politically.

— Renee Beck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I have worked within and outside of the political system, completing several research-oriented jobs in DC prior to pivoting towards political change outside of political systems. I have been involved in politics through campaigns, protests, and organizing movements since 2005. I have completed two research fellowships focused on international liberation politics. I am very comfortable discussing the political climate's impact on our lived experience--its impact cannot be understated.

— Leah Hughes, Clinical Social Worker in Louisville, KY

One unfortunate side effect of today's divided political climate is cancel culture. These days people literally try to destroy each other. A Twitter mob can destroy a person's life, get them fired from a job, and very often around accusations that are false. I've been through it and have a lot of empathy for others who have found themselves "cancelled." I also counsel people who have found themselves caught up in violent social movements on the "right" or the "left."

— Bruce Burleson, Addictions Counselor in Norwell, MA