Racial Identity

Racial identity is a multifaceted construct, the development of which is a lifelong process that involves how a person interprets messages about racial groups. Racial identity has been described as the significance and meaning of race in one’s life. Our racial identity is an important part of how we see ourselves and how others see us. Racial identity development is relevant to all racial groups – but typically plays a larger role in the experiences of minorities. Many things can influence an individual’s racial identity, including pop culture and current events. If you are working through issues related to racial identity, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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Transracial adoption is the act of placing a child of one racial or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another racial or ethnic group, and the majority of transracial adoptions in the US have involved the placement of a non-white child into a white family. What has been less simple to quantify are the long-term social, emotional, & spiritual implications of transracial adoption on the transracial adoptees themselves, and shining light into these murky areas is my primary clinical focus.

— Andrés González, Therapist

Today’s cultural climate is taxing—your life matters. Through the Woods offers counseling that’s sensitive to cultural issues and the experiences of people of color. Counseling at Through the Woods lets you process trauma, think out loud in a safe place, and genuinely feel seen. Let your experience be witnessed.

— Rosalind Herrington-Moxon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, WA
 

There are many individuals who are facing multiple forms of violence through relationships with toxic systems. In my work, I stress that real love does not require one to give up their freedom for the sake of belonging. It’s in the power of our ability to use our voice and to think and feel for ourselves that we find the power to stand alone and stand with others. The ability to do both is what real freedom and real love requires. You deserve to be free and to feel love.

— Julius Peterson, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

As a Black therapist, I will give you the space to process your identity and racial trauma, as well as, any challenges that come with navigating a white supremacy society.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,
 

The focus of our practice is work with people who have been stigmatized due to otherness. Often this is the result of systemic oppression. In addition, we have experience working with people trying to make sense of who they are due to issues surrounding transracial adoption.

— Karen Rothstein Pineda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

In the U.S., colonization and imperialism have functioned to extract power and voice from many. As a result, the line between trauma & culture for many folks of color (especially Black & Indigenous) can become blurred. My approach is rooted in celebrating & exploring identities, and understanding how our stories can nourish connection to self and others.

— Alex Subbaraman, Psychotherapist in Richfield, MN
 

Today’s cultural climate is taxing. Your life matters. Through the Woods offers counseling that’s sensitive to cultural issues and the experiences of people of color. Counseling at Through the Woods lets you process trauma, think out loud in a safe place, and truly feel seen. Let your experience be witnessed.

— Rosalind Herrington-Moxon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, WA

Today’s cultural climate is taxing—your life matters. Through the Woods offers counseling that’s sensitive to cultural issues and the experiences of people of color. Counseling at Through the Woods lets you process trauma, think out loud in a safe place, and genuinely feel seen. Let your experience be witnessed.

— Rosalind Herrington-Moxon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, WA
 

I prioritize greater contexts of generational, ancestral and community strength as we navigate difficulties you may be experiencing. I also strive to support you in re-discovering your power by examining the sociopolitical histories of the many physical places we inhabit.

— Alex Subbaraman, Psychotherapist in Richfield, MN

I am a Vietnamese - American and child of a war refugee. Navigating multiple cultures in one’s family lineage, especially those which clash with each other, means that multicultural people have to constantly pick and choose among value sets that are not always in agreement. As a multiracial person it’s important to have a healthy sense of your identity - who you are, who you are not, and who you would like to be, in a way that respects your cultural background.

— Elaine Dove, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

As a person of color raised in the U.S., I understand it is extemeley difficult and traumatizing to deal with the daily issues that racism and systemic racism create. I work with individuals that seek to understand how their racial identity humanizes and empowers their being in this world.

— Julio Garibay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

You are enough... period. So many BIPOC folks are told that we have to act one way or another or live in a binary of racial stereotypes. Many of my clients want a space where they can JUST BE THEMSELVES. In my practice, my job is to see you in all your nuance. Whether you're firm in your identity or you are struggling to feel confident in your own skin. We'll work together to focus on what's most important for your identity journey in an affirming and supportive space.

— Adam-Jon Aparicio, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

Race informs every area of our lives--relationships, social, familial, financial, educational, medical, gender, class, safety and more. I believe deep and profound healing can happen through the exploration of racial identity. I use a decolonizing framework to assist clients in defining the impact of race in their lives and work to develop and recognize the client's strengths and inner resources to navigate race-related stress and trauma.

— Camara Meri Rajabari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I entered the field of therapy because I noticed there is a lack of support and structure for those who are racial minorities. Our world is filled with rhetoric of what it means to be a racial minority now and my goal is to ensure that you belong.

— Cayla Minaiy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

Many of my clients, who have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression also describe experiences where they have faced hostility or discrimination. Some struggle with what it means to be multicultural in a compartmentalized world. Others have struggled with self-acceptance and rejection from members of their own race. All seem to benefit from talk therapy to validate feelings that are often dismissed by others. CBT is an effective tool for coping in non-affirming environment.

— Rachelle Burrell, Clinical Social Worker

As an African American female who has spent a lifetime living and working in environments where I was essentially "one of one," I have personally dealt with a plethora of issues pertaining to race and identity. Navigating daily life can be challenging at times for anyone, but when one is constantly faced with subtle yet damaging trespasses like microaggressions, the stress and anxiety can take a unique toll. I have experience counseling clients through issues related to racial identity.

— Kimberly Collins, Student Therapist in New York, NY
 

As a multiracial/mixed person, I have several years of experience learning about mixed race identities and racial identity development. In addition to my own lived experience, I draw on academic research, films, novels, personal accounts and more in my approach to this topic.

— Matt Bouse, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI