"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare."
I am a therapist for activists in Oakland, CA. After many years working in nonprofits and activism, I came to my role as a psychotherapist after experiencing the transformative impact of talk therapy and mindfulness practices on my own sensitive nervous system. I continue to be committed to dreaming of other futures and am dedicated to equity in my relationships and fighting for it systematically. I believe it is vital to offer activists and other helpers get the support and care they need as they do the crucial work to change the world and to have a space where their world view and values are reflected back to them so they can show up authentically in therapy.
Why Activists Need Therapists
Activism often involves engaging in challenging and emotionally charged work. Activists may experience burnout, compassion fatigue, stress, and emotional exhaustion due to the demanding nature of their advocacy. Therapy provides a safe space to process and manage these emotions, prevent burnout, and enhance emotional well-being. Activists who work in areas such as human rights, social justice, or disaster response may be exposed to traumatic events directly or indirectly. They may experience vicarious trauma or secondary traumatic stress, which can impact their mental health. Therapy can help address trauma-related symptoms, build resilience, and provide coping strategies. Activists who fight against systemic injustices and oppression may face constant challenges, setbacks, and frustrations and at the same time activists often prioritize the needs of others and may neglect their own self-care. It's important to recognize that seeking therapy as an activist does not diminish the importance or validity of their work. Instead, it acknowledges the need for support and self-care to sustain their efforts and well-being in the pursuit of change.
Common issues that present in therapy for activists:
Having a Therapist Who Shares Your Values
A therapist who shares your values is more likely to validate and accept your beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. This validation can be comforting and empowering, as it affirms your identity and promotes self-acceptance. When your therapist shares your values, they are more likely to understand and support your personal goals and aspirations. They can provide guidance and insights that resonate with your worldview, making the therapeutic process more relevant and meaningful.
My Values as a Therapist and as a Human
I am committed to collective liberation from an anti-capitalist, anti-racist, sex-positive, pro-environmental justice, gender and sexual equality perspective.
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Therapy for activists in Oakland, CA
***Resources are not a substitute for therapy and are not intended for making diagnoses or providing treatment. Not all practices and tools are suitable for every person. Please discuss exercises, practices, and tools with your individual therapist or health care provider.