Dear Black Man, Your Feelings Are Valid
Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Nor is feeling or needing help. African American men who go through therapy are not soy boys. Mental conditions, even mood disorders like depression and anxiety, require treatment like any other sickness. Ignoring the illness does not make it go away. It only advances to a severe form, eventually harming your mental and physical health.
Stigma prevents many Black men from seeking mental health care.
Simplicity Psychotherapy provides care specifically catered toward Black men. Our team of Black female therapists understands the struggles, pressures, and experiences of the Black man. We work to empower, support, and become an accountability partner to men in need of assistance. We have the resources, experience, and expertise to enable our men to thrive in their health.
The Significance of Therapy for Black Men
The expectations of masculinity push many Black men into depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Black masculinity is not big on emotional intelligence. It frowns upon emotional and mental growth. It glorifies athletics, promiscuity, or the hassle. The expectations to make Black men follow certain behaviors actually stops them from being vulnerable and sharing their emotions.
Many Black men grow up with little regard for their psychological well-being. The value of their happiness and mental health is not stressed or emphasized. Without appropriate outlets, pent-up emotion often pushes Black men into reckless living and self-destructive behavior. We endeavor to raise awareness of the significance of mental health for Black men and its impact on their mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
We create an environment where men get encouraged to vocalize their fears and vulnerabilities. Instead of holding onto negative feelings our brothers can form adaptive habits that sustain their mental and physical health in a space that honors their struggles. Men find support, encouragement, and an accountable community ready to push them forward.
4 Reasons We Offer Therapy for Black Men
1. Black men want therapists that look like them
It's no surprise that black men are more likely to feel comfortable opening up to therapists who look like them,
It can be very comforting for black men to see themselves reflected in their therapists. They are more likely to feel at ease discussing their problems, likely because these therapists are better able to relate to their experiences and the cultural environment in which they were reared.
Furthermore, having a therapist who looks like you can provide a valuable sense of validation and belonging, which is especially important for black men who may not have had limited access to therapy.
2. Decolonizing mental health care
Mental health care, unfortunately, has been heavily influenced by Western ideologies and practices that have taken into account the specific needs of black men. Because of structural racism, discrimination, and historical trauma, conventional mental health therapy methods don't do enough to address the unique experiences and challenges Black men face.
Our therapists take are attentive to cultural differences that often skew interpretations of some behaviors our Black men may engage with. We use a cultural lens during evaluation and assessment to decrease the likelihood of misdiagnosis.
Decolonizing mental health care is a critical step toward addressing health care disparities and providing culturally competent, evidence-based care to black men.
3. Black men need patience when navigating emotions
Black men may have been taught that seeking mental health treatment shows weakness. After all, what happens in the house, stays in the house.
There is a lot of pressure placed on them to put on a tough front and not show emotion. This causes our men to have problems communicating and regulating their feelings making navigating emotions a challenging for black men.
However, through patience, empathy and understanding we empower our Black men to recognize that engaging their emotions is necessary. Connecting with emotions allows us to pause and reflect before acting or responding.
In any given situation, this level of awareness will allow us to make better decisions for ourselves and those around us.
4. To provide a positive experience with mental health
It is essential to reduce the mental illness stigma that exists within the black community and make it easier for black men to seek help when they are in need. We understand the impact of opposing views or preconceptions of mental health care due to a history of mistrust and mistreatment inside healthcare organizations.
Our safe and supportive therapy space helps with processing both the pleasant and painful emotions while developing effective coping mechanisms. Culturally appropriate therapeutic interventions can improve client’s perceptions of mental health practitioners, which may encourage them to seek help in the future.
Simplicity Psychotherapy Supports African American Men in Therapy in Atlanta, GA
Our objective is to inspire African, African American, and Caribbean men to value mental health and seek care through therapy. At Simplicity Psychotherapy, we have space to include mental health advocates and work with Black men looking to make an impact in their social spaces. If you are ready to invest in your mental health through therapy for Black men then follow these steps:
- Reach out for a free consultation with one of our caring mental health professionals
- Schedule your first appointment with one of our Black therapists
- Get support as you navigate your emotions
Other Therapy Services We Offer in Atlanta, GA
Our Black therapists are dedicated to providing supportive and understanding therapy for Black women and Black men.
Additionally, we provide individual therapy, relationship support, and couples therapy. Our individual services include support for trauma, anxiety therapy, and depression treatment. All of these are available online throughout Georgia.
I’m Rayvéne Whatley a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. I enjoy empowering you to remove the mask of other people’s expectations and have the Audacity to be yourself. I have a particular passion for Black man and women cope with anxiety and challenge expectations by reexamining beliefs that no longer suit their desires.
Note: While the information above is intended to provide insight as you begin your journey they are not intended to replace the guidance of a trained professional. Exploring these concerns in the presence of a licensed counselor or other licensed professional may provide deeper insight and assist in managing more multifaceted concerns that may arise.