Are You Struggling With Cultural and Systemic Oppression?
Marginalized groups in society include people who are non-white, LGBTQ+, poor, differently-abled, or who don’t benefit from mainstream majority status. Systemic oppression refers to people and institutions in society that, due to their privilege, can make critical decisions for marginalized groups. Belonging to a social group that experiences discrimination and oppression can lead to poor mental health outcomes.
Available Treatment Options
Therapists have to recognize the oppression at play in their clients’ daily lives. Multicultural and culturally-aware counseling makes space for the experiences and intersecting situations of those who belong to a marginalized group. Counselors make space for frustration and harm caused by institutions and historical and systemic oppression and make their counseling spaces safe for people to express their feelings and opinions. Therapists also act as advocates for equity in society by empowering individuals and working to advance rights in their communities.