65 minutes | Jun 2, 2020

88 | The Importance of a Having a Culturally Affirming Therapist with Melody Li

For those of us targeted identities, it can be hard to find places, spaces and people to work with who really see and can hold space for all of us or the parts of us that we hold especially dear. While “good enough” has been the norm, more and more people are coming together to, in their professions, make it clear that we can work with people who really see and understand all of us. In this episode, I talk with Melody Li and the importance of a culturally affirming and social justice oriented therapist, and her directory to find other like minded therapists.   About Melody Li Melody Li (she/her) is an immigrant, therapist of color and mental health justice activist. She created Inclusive Therapists, a social justice-oriented mental health directory and therapist community that centers the needs of marginalized populations. She’s also the cofounder of the Austin Counseling Collective, an intentionally diverse group therapy practice. Melody also co-leads the Austin Therapists of Color community.   Small Steps in the Show:  Get clear on the relationship you want with your therapist and what you want to do in therapy Check out the Inclusive Therapists directory Check a therapist’s website, social media and other web presences and their copy. Ask for referrals from friends that you trust. Look to see what therapists are talking about resources and communities that are important to you and seeing if you can work with them or if they can refer you to someone. Bring your past experiences with other therapists with your current therapist Talking about your experiences with your trusted communities in person or online   Mentioned in the Show: Buy my Enamel Pin Donate to Black Lives Matter (National) Find and donate to a Black Lives Matter Chapter near you Donate to Black Visions Collective Donate to Reclaim the Block Donate to the Free Black Mamas National Bail Out Fund Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund Donate to the I Run with Maud Fundraiser Sign the Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition Small Steps #32 with Dr. Tee Williams Small Steps #33 “Doing the Work” Part 2 Inclusive Therapist’s Matchmaking Service Melody’s Website Follow Melody on Instagram Inclusive Therapists Website Follow Inclusive Therapists on Instagram Get the full show notes here! Follow Aimee on Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Sign up for the Wellness Wednesdays Newsletter Interested in working with Aimee? Find out information here. Edited by Eilise Bonebright
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