If you are struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone. Treatments such as integrative brief psychotherapy can help you live a healthy and productive life. Unfortunately, people in black communities continue to stigmatize mental conditions, viewing them as weaknesses.
The fact is, all aspects of your health are important, including your mental state. If you aren’t getting the treatment you need, this can have devastating consequences in your work and personal relationships. If you are a black or African American who is suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other illness, the first step is to destigmatize your condition. Only then can you look towards effective treatments, like psychotherapy, with an open mind.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, which falls under talk therapy, is a form of treatment that allows you to work through your emotional problems by discussing them with a trained specialist. In general, you will work with a therapist or psychologist to help identify triggers and create healthier habits. The goal of this treatment is to help you live a healthier, happier, and more productive life.
At Black Minds Matter Psychotherapy, we understand that black patients are cautious about opening up to specialists who may not share their unique experiences. Additionally, if the therapist harbors even the slightest prejudice against people of color, this can impact how they react to their patients. Therapy is meant to be a safe environment where the patient can learn to trust and open up to their therapist. This is often impossible to achieve when therapists take a “colorblind” approach to treatment.
When Should You Consider Professional Help?
You should seek professional help whenever you feel overwhelmed, or you are not feeling your best emotionally. Whether your feelings are triggered by a recent event, such as the death of a loved one, or caused by a mental condition, like depression, get help if you no longer feel equipped to handle life’s situations on your own.
Better understand your mental health by answering these questions:
- Do you constantly feel overwhelmed, helpless and sad?
- Do your friends and family try to help you, but to no avail?
- Is it difficult to manage daily tasks, like work and extracurricular activities?
- Are you constantly worried, jittery, or stressed?
- Do you drink or take illegal substances to make yourself feel better?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, contact Black Minds Matter Psychotherapy. In black communities, it is common to feel reluctant about therapy, especially among men. You may know that your feelings are valid and that treatment is likely effective, but your upbringing may cause you to feel unnecessary shame. Destigmatize mental health among your friends and family by talking freely and unashamedly about your condition.
What To Expect In A Therapy Session?
There are different types of psychotherapy, and every therapist has his or her own style of treatment. Nevertheless, what you can expect from your treatment is:
- Sessions that range between 30-60 minutes in length
- Active involvement between patient and therapist
- Trust, as this is imperative for effective treatment
- Honest and sometimes uncomfortable discussions about your current, long term and hard to understand issues
- Complete confidentiality
- A professional relationship
The setting can be one-on-one, between couples, or in a group, but the treatment is always open dialogue to help solve your problems. During treatment, you will also learn new skills to cope with your condition in the future. It is important that you establish a trusting relationship with your therapist because this only works when the environment is safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental.
Benefits of Psychotherapy
Talk therapy is a lot of work. It will be difficult in the beginning, especially if you’re uncomfortable sharing and talking about yourself. However, the benefits are worthwhile. You will identify triggers that make you feel negative, learn coping mechanisms, learn to prevent harmful behaviors, and build confidence. All this will help you manage your emotions to live a healthy, happy life.
Don’t waste another second without getting the help you deserve. We offer many forms of effective treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and marriage counseling. Let us help you get on the road to recovery. For integrative brief psychotherapy, contact Black Minds Matter today. Call 415-524-8358 to schedule an appointment.