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Race and culture can bring unique challenges that affect your mental wellbeing

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Updated Jan 20, 2022 by Dr. Sheri Jacobson Dr Sheri Jacobson

Cultural therapy London

Has race and culture led to confusing and upsetting experiences for you? But you haven’t had the space to feel safe talking about it? 

Mental health, race, and culture 

Race and culture can lead to unique challenges that have a direct impact on your mental and emotional health. This can include things like: 

  • living in a mixed or blended family
  • being adopted by parents of a different culture or race 
  • parenting a child of a different race or culture 
  • dating someone from a different background 
  • experiencing racial profiling 
  • the ongoing trauma of everyday racism
  • therapy with a therapist who lacks understanding 
  • being an immigrant or asylum seeker
  • racism within the legal system
  • a culture that rejects your gender and sexual identity.  

A healthy response to an unhealthy world

The way we move through the world, and the experiences we have and are denied having, affect how we feel about ourselves and how we cope. 

It can be hard to admit that we are suffering, and that we aren’t as resilient as we want to be in the face of injustices. 

But it’s important to note that mental health issues are really a healthy response to unhealthy experiences, and our mind’s way of letting us know there are things that we need to address and heal. 

Culturally sensitive therapy helps 

Issues that racially and culturally sensitive therapy can help with include:

  • anger management 
  • anxiety and stress 
  • depression 
  • identity issues
  • lack of belonging 
  • loneliness 
  • low self-esteem
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • relationship problems. 

Culturally responsive counselling - The Harley Therapy™ approach

At Harley Therapy we understand that conversations about race and culture are sensitive, and that it's important a therapist has done work to not only educate themselves on race and oppression, but to understand their own unconscious biases. 

Note that we hand select our team not only for their years of experience and training at top institutions, but for their passion for what they do. We are committed to putting you in safe, reliable hands. 

Feel good about being you again

Our counsellors, psychotherapists, and counselling psychologists at Harley Therapy™ are here to understand your unique experiences, and to provide racially and culturally competent therapy geared to help you gain resilience and move forward in a way that works for you.

Ready to feel yourself again? Call us now or complete our online booking form to make an appointment in the City of London, London Bridge or on Harley Street.

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Harley Therapy Ltd. “Race and Culture Therapists London • Harley Therapy™”. Harley Therapy, 20 Jan. 2022, https://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/race-and-culture.htm. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.


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