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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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

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

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
 

In processing the immense emotional and psychological consequences of the climate emergency, we can turn towards the reality that we are entwined with the water, air, and land. Rather than evading fear, we can channel our dread and despair to create effective and sustainable change, transforming resignation into collective action. As we grieve for devastation, we can remain embedded in courage, retain persistence through obstacles, and build shared bravery and justice.

— Jessamyn Wesley, Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR

A person may choose to not attend to politics, but no one exists outside of societal and political contexts. The distribution of power affects you and everyone you know; institutional discrimination and racism affects us all, and for the vast of us, that is not a positive thing. Together, we can work to identify how this impacts your emotions and thoughts, and to create positive change in yourself, your relationships and our world.

— Renee Beck, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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

We live in a time of intense political other-ing. One of the things that makes my work unique is my ongoing study of social psychology. I am committed to non-judgmental support of your best and processing the unconscious content of political persuasions and biases so that you can have more peaceable and appreciative relationships within yourself and with others.

— Lantie Tom, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
 

You may not think therapy is a place to talk about politics. Yet it can be a great opportunity to discuss how the current political climate may be causing stress in your daily life.

— Rachel Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

The current political climate has increased existential angst in many of us to a fever pitch. This can lead us to question our place in the world, our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, and how we can stay the course without exhausting ourselves in the fight for social justice. As a social justice warrior myself, I can assist with helping you obtain a balance in standing up for your beliefs while maintaining a balance that leaves you space to enjoy your life.

— Stephanie Hurley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

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