No-one can ‘therapise’ their way out of structural oppression. But you can use counselling and bodywork therapies to address aspects of racism.
potential uses of counselling
Counselling is a way to look into the question: ‘who am I’. In counselling, you can uncover the you who is not the labels you have been given or the roles you have been assigned by others. This can include taking apart the race construct.
Counselling can be a safe place to address trauma, guilt, shame and fears. You can also work with a counsellor on confidence and skills for dealing with difficult conversations – eg. managing discomfort, setting boundaries or responding to microaggressions.
Culture, society and politics, including the race construct, play a part in how you and your counsellor relate to each other. In counselling – unlike many other situations – you can actually address this between you. Cross-cultural therapy can be very powerful, as can finding a therapist who shares aspects of your culture or identity.
potential uses of bodywork therapies
Trauma is held in the body as much as in the mind. Bodywork therapies can be a safe, non-verbal way to attend to the impact on the body.
Bodywork treatments can bring up emotions, at the time or afterwards. Getting emotions ‘out’ can help your nervous system to rebalance. Your therapist can explain how you can take care of yourself throughout this.