Therapy for Women of Color
Because Professional Women Come in All Shades
It’s important to have a therapist who gets you.
Unfortunately, many clients tell us that it’s been hard to find a therapist who is comfortable, knowledgeable, and competent working with women of color. We hear of experiences ranging from feeling like they just don’t “click” with a well-meaning therapist to troubling incidents of bias and racism.
Combine that with the stigma of seeking mental health support that is prevalent in many communities of color, and it’s no wonder that WOC can be reluctant to seek therapy, even when they’re struggling. We think that’s unacceptable.
“It’s so nice to be able to talk about this stuff with someone who actually understands.”
Professional women of color often face an uphill battle when it comes to taking care of their mental health and emotional well-being. That’s why it is so important to us that our clients are seen, respected, and offered consistently high-quality care.
Some of our clients come to Stella Nova seeking another woman of color to work with. Others are simply looking for a therapist – of any background – who is comfortable, skilled and respectful when working across cultural lines.
Issues that women of color frequently bring into therapy include:
- Learning to manage high stress and anxiety levels
- Imposter syndrome
- Incidents of bias, discrimination, and racism
- Burnout and depression
- Immigration stress and trauma
- Navigating challenging workplace dynamics
- Being the first professional woman in your family
- Cultural and family expectations
- Understanding multiracial and multicultural identities
- Money and financial stress
Stella Nova strives to create a therapeutic space that supports the diverse needs of professional women of color and their many intersecting identities.
We are committed to:
- Hiring, training, retaining and promoting therapists of color on our staff. Representation matters.
- Supporting ongoing training to empower all our therapists to deliver high quality, culturally appropriate care.
- Dialogue with our clients and our communities to help us improve continually.
- Destigmatizing therapy and breaking the mental health taboo prevalent in our communities.