find acceptance and empowerment in your multiracial identity
You Get to Decide Who You want to be
Biracial, interracial, multicultural and transracial experience
Sometimes it seems as though everyone has a say in the identity of those whose ancestry includes the diversity of more than one race or culture. Everyone except those who wake up with features or lifestyle choices and culture that don’t reflect a single dominant race.
Political Construction of Racial Designations
Setting aside the fact that there is no biological basis for race to begin with and that there is lack of agreement in psychology on what defines ethnicity, culture and race anyways, we are embarking on an unprecedented time in which mixed-race individuals are deciding to identify with all of their racial heritage instead of feeling compelled to select one aspect in denial of others.
Racial Consciousness and Social Identity
Regardless of how you choose to express yourself, I can help you on that journey since it is a journey of unique needs and strengths not yet accepted by mainstream thinking.
We cannot deny living in an historical and sociopolitical environment that denies multiracial identity and continues to think along monocultural and monoracial lines.
I work with individuals to help them identify and understand what shapes their identity.
Counseling Multiracial individuals and Interracial Couples-Unique Strengths
As a racial trauma coach, social justice advocate and clinician with lived mixed-race and multi-cultural experience, I am attuned to the public and sometimes volatile nature of the choices faced by those who wish to counter societal norms. I neither avoid nor presume the significance of race. Counseling in this area requires familiarity and experience with issues that present across the lifespan.
My therapeutic approach is a departure from the historical tendency to focus on the multiracial experience as inherently pathological. I presume that culture, race and ethnicity are not unique to “minorities.” I am familiar with and facilitate well-being within multiple racial, ethnic and cultural groups that include Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Africans, Afro-Caribbeans as well as those who identify as Black or White. A number of clients who seek my services also find their identities intersecting along gender and religious lines.
I can help validate your experiences and express the personal narrative that best reflects your identity and identification. Instead of being drained by the idea of difference, I can help you celebrate its strengths.
If you are part of a couple, identifying and clarifying the reasons that draw you together can be tremendously empowering. Having a firm understanding of the many myths and stereotypes regarding race, I can also help couples discern their reasons for being together and the viability of their union.
“By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression.”