Black Minds Matter Psychotherapy
WELCOME TO BLACK MINDS MATTER MARRIAGE COUNSELING PSYCHOTHERAPY
THE REAL STORY
Research clearly shows the Eurocentric origins of mainstream philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching. Black Americans have historically been left out of this industry and denied access to it through socioeconomic systematic means commonly referred to as anti-Black racist policies. The global outcry against the murder of George Floyd by police in broad daylight on video put an inescapable spotlight on this problem as millions of onlookers experienced the shared trauma through social media and mainstream network news. The subsequent focus on Black mental health is a welcomed response albeit about 300 years late. Academics and concerned professionals have been amassing significant literature on the subject for decades. This now comes to light as the movement toward “wokeness”, racial equity, and equal justice for all unfolds. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
WHAT WE OFFER
Why Now is the Time to Develop Critical Consciousness About Racial Disparities That Affect You.
Black Minds Matter Psychotherapy (BMMP) offers Integrative Brief Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and more. Our home office is located in San Rafael, California, serving San Rafael and the east side of San Francisco Bay, in California, such as Oakland, California.
Our goal is to bring a new approach to mental wellness. Your internal environment is not an island onto itself. We are all in a direct relationship with powerful sociopolitical forces that are largely unseen and purposefully obscured from our awareness. Critical Consciousness raises those forces into your daily cognitive awareness. That is a psychological growth process.
BMMP is interdisciplinary, transpersonal, and individually customized for your personal need to know and for your personal empowerment. We directly challenge the historic misinformation about what it means to be Black. We directly engage racist influences that scuttle the efforts of Black people to become pschologically whole. This is accomplished by incorporating multiple therapy orientations and integrating other disciplines that intersect with Black mental health. For example, including the historical, political, and socioeconomic dynamics that impact personal experience broadens the understanding of one’s mental state. This kind of cross-disciplinary approach is becoming common among black therapists. Expanding the intersection to other disciplines can create a wider lens through which to view the client. This approach defines what Social Workers and Case Managers do routinely. The psychotherapist need not be an expert in those other disciplines to clinically quantify and qualify the aggregate effect of those influences, however, the greater the level of self-education the clinician has about them, the better the level of clinical support for the patient.