Current research is demonstrating that individuals who identify with and/or are a part of any stigmatized group experience high levels of chronic stress. This stress can be the result of many factors including lack of social support, socioeconomic status and most commonly prejudice/discrimination. This “othering” can be extremely detrimental to mental and physical wellness. Contrary to popular belief, minority status does not just stop at race/ethnic background. An individual can identify as a gender minority, sexual minority or may identify with more than one or “multiple minorities” respectively.
The current climate within the U.S can contribute to increased levels of stress for people who identify as minorities. A minority stress perspective is often times necessary to unpack the role that stigma, rejection and internalized prejudice can have on various minority groups. Research continues to identify that there is also a continued lack of access to care for individuals who are “othered” in this way.
If you are someone who has dealt with the stressors associated with prejudice, expectations of rejection, racism, generational trauma, homo/trans-phobia and/or immigration issues, we can work with you to further process these experiences and learn coping skills for managing the systemic issues that are present today.
It is our firm belief that everyone should be entitled to quality mental health care. In keeping with a social justice perspective, we will offer sliding scale rates and payment plans for individuals without insurance and/or those who are unable to afford the full rate for services.