Cultural and Systemic Oppression

The term cultural and systemic oppression refers to the mistreatment of people of a specific group that is supported and enforced by society and its institutions. It can be formal or implicit, and appears in many forms, including racism and sexism. Oppression of any kind, especially over an extended period of time, can deeply affect your mental health and your sense of self. Working with a therapist who is well-versed in these constructs can help you better recognize when they are influencing your life, and how to better manage that influence. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s cultural and systemic oppression specialists today.

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Living in this world can take a toll on your sense of self, your self love, and your self-esteem. In our work together, I seek to understand the forms of oppression that have impacted you most so that we can start to unlearn the harmful systemic messaging that has taken away some of your sense of self-wonder and (re)introduce you to your own majesty.

— Sam Krehel, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

Facing daily sociocultural pressures can be incredibly painful. Regardless of what brought them to therapy, many of my patients have a social identity that has impacted their mental health in some way. My goal is to help you harness resources, both in your environment and within yourself, that can help you navigate persistent and oppressive social forces. I specifically have experience working with those who identify as LGBTQ+, people of color, or second-generation Americans.

— Saira Malhotra, Therapist in Denver, CO
 

Humans are brilliant learners, absorbing messages from our environments — families, society, culture — these external influences shape our identities based on creed, gender, colour, etc., which then shape our realities. Knowing who we are requires understanding these influences, and how it has influenced our lenses and behaviours. Only then, can we be empowered to feel in control of our lives. Let’s sift through these layers to find your true self.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Our approach brings in consideration of our clients’ cultures and unpacks societal factors and forces of systemic oppression. We use a values-forward style that curiously explores your environment and context, and considers how issues of social justice and (in)equity may be contributing to your distress.

— Kindman & Co. Therapy Practice, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Humans are brilliant learners, absorbing messages from our environments — families, society, culture. These external influences shape our identities based on creed, gender, colour, etc., which then shape our realities. To know who we are requires understanding these influences, and how it has shaped who we are. By doing so, we can tease out who we are at our “core,” from what we’ve been taught. Let’s sift through these layers to find your true self.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Personal empowerment is inseparable from transformative sociopolitical change. This conviction infuses all that I do, including my psychotherapy approach. Since 2016, I have offered workshops and courses on Racism, Diversity, and Psychoanalysis. I also have years of experience as a grassroots environmental and social justice community organizer.

— Aleisa Myles, Psychologist in Media, PA
 

I practice liberation counseling from an anti-oppressive lens and focus on how oppression impacts relationships, health (physical, mental, spiritual), work, and all other life domains.

— Cathy Harrington, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Everett, WA

Research shows that the impacts of discrimination and marginalization can manifest in both mental and physical health. I strive to take into account factors related to culture, context, privilege and marginalization, as we explore therapeutic concerns.

— Dr. Luana Bessa, Psychologist in Boston, MA
 

Learn more about how you can benefit from a culturally sensitive approach and heal from cultural and systemic oppression. Issues that can deeply affect your sense of self and your mental health as a whole. This therapeutic approach, will help you better recognize the oppressive constructs that are influencing your life, and how to better manage that influence. As an expert in the field, I can help you find your core beliefs, values and emotional self in your unique path of individuation.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

Learn more about how you can benefit from culturally sensitive approach and heal from cultural and systemic oppression. Issues that can deeply affect your sense of self and your mental health as a whole. This therapeutic approach, will help you better recognize the oppressive constructs that are influencing your life, and how to better manage that influence and find your core beliefs and values in your unique path of individuation.

— Dr. Nadia Thalji, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Being Hispanic myself, I want to make a big change in what the system tells us as minorities. Most have been lies!! I also want to help with Transgenerational PTSD. Trauma is like ghost that haunt our families for generations . Until we heal from those traumas!! Then they can become ancestors and spread wisdom to future generation. Let me help you make ancestors that spread wisdom!

— Jose Feliciano, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in La MESA, CA

The assumptions of Western psychology focus primarily on factors within the individual. However, for many individuals, the source of their suffering emerges from oppressive forces within their social environment. Therapy needs to be able to offer alternatives to adjusting to or coping with oppressive forces. I utilize liberatory strategies to empower clients experiencing marginalization, alienation, and other forms of oppression.

— Louis Hoffman, Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

I assist individuals to navigate the systemic oppression experience through life and within our systems, family, and workforce. I use self-compassion and strategies to process the daily impact of systemic oppression on daily life.

— New Patterns Counseling, PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in ROUND ROCK, TX

I have worked in and adjacent to the activist community in Chicago and am familiar with the was that systemic oppression impacts cultures of the global majority. I work to affirm my clients, help to repair their racial stress/traumatic memories and organize their strategies for managing the structural oppression they have and may continue to face and experience.

— Shelly Quiles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
 

My practice is comprised exclusively of BIPOC adults. Given this, much of the healing work we do together takes a "person in environment" approach where we are not only discussing their individual lives but also inviting considerations of how the identities they hold are impacted by the larger social-cultural context. We also bring in considerations of how intergenerational trauma is impacted through cultural and systemic oppression.

— Blessing Uchendu, Clinical Social Worker

Humans are brilliant learners, absorbing messages from our environments — families, society, culture — these external influences shape our identities based on creed, gender, colour, etc., which then shape our realities. Knowing who we are requires understanding these influences, and how it has influenced our lenses and behaviours. Only then, can we be empowered to feel in control of our lives.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

Humans are brilliant learners, absorbing messages from our environments — families, society, culture — these external influences shape our identities based on creed, gender, colour, etc., which then shape our realities. Knowing who we are requires understanding these influences and how it has influenced our lenses and behaviours. Only with this deeper insight, can we feel empowered to regain control of our lives.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

As an adolescent and adult, I observed the violence that is inflicted upon marginalized bodies when spiritual leaders attempt to act outside of the scope of their training and provide counsel to people with needs beyond their grasp. I saw how their limited understanding as well as their internalized white supremacy hurt multiple generations of families. As an active participant in my own healing, I have devoted my life to helping others reclaim their own power, and fight for their healing.

— Julius Peterson, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA