While you are writing, you are using a part of your brain that is different from the part of the brain where you are listening or speaking. Sometimes it is a way of disconnecting.
If you want to prepare for therapy, one of the best things you can do prior to your session is to do some background reading on how trauma manifests and about the therapeutic approach decided upon by you and your therapist.
Mixed race identity is not a novelty. It has coexisted with monoracial identity.
So much has been said in 2020 about destigmatizing or decolonizing mental health services, but what do we really mean? It's an opportunity to step back and consider how as providers we send subtle and not so subtle messages regarding normalcy.
Racial trauma allows us to look at racism from the valuable perspective of the impact on an individual's physical and mental well-being.
Retreating is a form of wisdom and an act of self-care to feed the soul, body and mind.
Spiritual bypassing is a coping mechanism, intentional or otherwise, that "protects" the ego from anxiety as an elaborate form of denial and avoidance.
Racial gaslighting is just the tip of a number of microaggressions afflicted on Black Americans, people of color and other marginalized groups.
Shaming is a way to deflect attention away from personal discomfort and emotional pain.