Episode 411: “Decolonizing Therapy and Healing” with Therapist Gabes Torres
July is BIPOC Mental Health Month in the US. It exists to “bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness” in this country. While mental health challenges impact humans regardless of race, body size, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, and so on, we also recognize that racism, colonization, police brutality, and white supremacy—among other things—are events and harsh realities that affect BIPOC in a significant way that can not and should not be ignored or dismissed. To help us shed a light on this and to learn, grow, and expand our understanding, we’re honored to be joined on this episode by Gabes Torres. Gabes is an Indigenous person from the colonized islands of the Philippines and a non-US citizen migrant. She is currently a licensed therapist in Seattle, Washington, who works predominately with clients who identify as Black, Indigenous, transgender, queer, and people of color. Through her work, she hopes to decolonize and de-center white Eurocentric frameworks as it relates to things like healing and therapy. Download a transcript of this episode at twloha.com/podcast. Follow TWLOHA on social media at: twitter.com/TWLOHA instagram.com/twloha/ facebook.com/towriteloveonherarms/ Visit our FIND HELP page of mental health resources at twloha.com/find-help/. Get connected for free, 24/7 to a trained crisis counselor via Crisis Text Line by texting TWLOHA to 741741. Connect with our team by emailing email@example.com. Learn more about the podcast and previous episodes at twloha.com/podcast. Connect with and learn more about Gabes Torres by going to gabestorres.com/. For a collection of articles, books, and videos on learning and practicing antiracism, visit twloha.com/blog/an-invitation-to-learn-and-practice-antiracism/. For a list of BIPOC-specific mental health resources go to twloha.com/blog/bipoc-mental-health-resources/. Visit store.twloha.com/ to purchase merchandise that supports TWLOHA’s mission. Download The Hopeful, a free daily-use self-care app from TWLOHA, at twloha.com/thehopeful/. Credits: This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.