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If you’ve ever been a victim of racial trauma, you may be aware of the scars it can leave behind. Addressing your own racist tendencies or attempting to heal from racial discrimination will take a concerted effort, and having professional support can make things much easier.

In order to make progress, you need an anti-racist mental health professional who can help you change your behavior and thinking patterns and give you tools to move forward. Wherever you are located in Connecticut from Bridgeport to West Haven or even New Britain, or anywhere else nearby, Mental Health Match can help you easily find an experienced therapist or counselor who best meets your needs.

The Effects of Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination has a clear impact on your mental health. Here are some of the most common effects of racism on mental health:

  • You relive racist events and have trouble healing from them.
  • You avoid people or places that remind you of racist trauma you’ve experienced.
  • You don’t feel good about yourself, especially pertaining to your race.
  • You’re easily offended or frightened, given that you’ve been hurt in the past.
  • You feel depressed as a result of the trauma.
  • You frequently feel stressed, anxious, or depressed.

This is not a full list of the effects of racial discrimination. Systemic racism can also lead to a lack of necessary resources like:

  • Supportive or appropriate mental health care.
  • Job and economic opportunities.
  • Education.

To learn more about the effects of racism on mental health, read licensed therapist Michael Friedman’s article about intergenerational racial trauma.

You Can Overcome Racial Discrimination with Therapy

You can benefit from a race-focused therapist whether you've been discriminated against or you’ve committed racial acts. They will assist in examining your thought processes and your unique situation and give you the tools you need to succeed. And with Mental Health Match, finding a qualified anti-racist therapist is easy! Start by browsing race and mental health experts below or by using our free therapist matching tool.

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We will explore past and present relationships and family systems which most times are the root cause of difficult feelings that can hold us back. Together, we will work on finding the light within you to becoming your best self.


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We will explore past and present relationships and family systems which most times are the root cause of difficult feelings that can hold us back. Together, we will work on finding the light within you to becoming your best self.

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While working with me, I will use the appropriate therapy model based on whether you are struggling with anxiety, a relationship, lingering memories of negative past experiences, identity concerns or anything else you are experiencing.

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Tackle LIFE and all of its complexities. We can talk about your past or present. We can touch on loss, depression, anxiety, family or faith. One guarantee is no matter where we start; the goal is to increase your hope for a better future.


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Tackle LIFE and all of its complexities. We can talk about your past or present. We can touch on loss, depression, anxiety, family or faith. One guarantee is no matter where we start; the goal is to increase your hope for a better future.

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Client-centered Clinician with 8+ years of experience across school, hospital and outpatient clinic setting. I have worked I want to meet my clients where they are. This means just listening or asking you tough questions that will bring clarity.

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