Do you feel overwhelmed, lonely, isolated, stressed out, and traumatized? If you're an activist, these feelings seem to come with the territory. The system doesn't want to be dismantled, so it's probably going to try to burn you out first.
If you're someone who's active in the field of social justice, you're probably also taking in quite a lot of the trauma and injustice that you're fighting against. Therapy can help you strengthen coping skills, untangle yourself from the work, and provide a safe space for self-reflection so you can recharge and take care of yourself from the inside out.
I recently wrote a piece on Medium called Toward a Social Justice Therapy: Let's Keep Talking. In it, I describe why healing and with a social justice perspective is so necessary to help us keep working to undo unjust systems of power. These power structures did not happen overnight, and they will not go away overnight, no matter how self-aware we are. But that does not take away from the important role of self-reflection, self-care, and self-preservation that is necessary for all of us to continue on fighting for what we believe in.
If you are here seeking healing, I hope you find a good match in these pages to help you cope with, navigate, and undo, the traumas and stress you are experiencing as you work towards a world you want to live in.
Molly Merson, MFT
A blog by San Francisco Bay Area practitioners about the intersection of social justice and wellness. The blog's contributors are not affiliated with each other, and each person writes from their own perspective.
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