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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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 black man in America i first hand understand and have the lived experience of what it is like being black in this country. As a first generation African American, i also have the lived experience of being raised in two different cultures and navigating the different cultural dynamics.

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

As a therapist of multiracial and multicultural background, I have experienced the push and pulls of celebration my culture alongside being ashamed of other parts. Navigating these many lines can be tricky, however I believe that through a collaborative conversation, we can honor ourselves and our identities in a way that makes sense to us.

— Brandon Tran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 am a member of the Anti-Racism Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association and I work with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

— Jonathan Lebolt, PhD, Psychotherapist in Bethesda, MD

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
 

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 ,

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
 

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
 

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

Multicultural and racial identity was an area of focus and training while completing my graduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver. I continue to implement these ideals in my practice with clients.

— Kyle Woodson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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 son of Filipino immigrants, I can understand the challenges and conflicts of living in the United States and being brought up with immigrant values. An aspect of this exploration can be the process of decolonization, which is a process of rediscovering one's own indigenous culture.

— David Javate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South San Francisco, CA
 

Much of my graduate level research and training has been in understanding the complex racial identity development of people of color and White individuals. My dissertation research included examining how Black clients responded to White therapists who overtly broach cross-racial differences in the therapy session.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX