In the last few years, you’ve probably noticed an increase in the usage of the term “BIPOC.” This acronym is a very important one, but despite this, it is frequently misinterpreted. Many people seem to believe that BIPOC stands for Bisexual People of Color, but this is not the case. BIPOC really means Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
The term BIPOC is the preferred language for referring to such groups of people, and should replace words like “minority” or “marginalized.” It serves to recognize the ongoing discrimination and prejudice faced by non-white Americans without using language that implies that they are inferior to their white peers (as the terms “minority” and “marginalized” imply with such applications).
An unfortunate truth about the pursuit of equality is that it forgets to adequately emphasize equity in spaces where it is sorely needed, and access to mental health resources is a perfect example. The trauma—both generational and current—experienced by BIPOC is deeply specific and its treatment requires mental health professionals to be culturally aware enough for their treatment to be helpful. Signing up for our BIPOC mental health and wellness program is a great way to seek intersectional mental health support from culturally aware professionals. Mental health issues don’t discriminate, but that doesn’t mean treatment can be one-size-fits-all.
If you seek out our mental health services you can expect to feel safe, comfortable, and heard. Our trained and compassionate staff is dedicated to helping our patients gain the skills they need to understand their emotions and situation and begin working towards implementing healthy coping skills and behaviors. We will work with you to set and achieve goals, follow a treatment plan, introduce you to beneficial behaviors or thought patterns, and much more.
Our dedicated team is specially trained to offer mental health support to BIPOC, and we firmly believe that everyone deserves to seek help in a space where they can be fully heard and understood. We understand that in many cases, therapy can feel unproductive if the patient feels misunderstood or unheard, which is why we are so passionate about serving a community that has long been underserved in the mental health space. Our team will help you overcome your mental health obstacles and provide a safe space for you to explore your emotions and thoughts without fear of judgment.
If you would like to learn more about our services for BIPOC, please reach out via email or phone to schedule an appointment today. We are proud to serve the greater East Bay area, including Castro Valley, San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, and Hayward, CA, and we look forward to helping you live your best life.