Race-Based Trauma Therapy (RBT)
“The very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” Toni Morrison
Recent racially charged events have shown us that racialized individuals have experienced Intergenerational trauma, many of whom have been witness to extreme human violation.
The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events brought national attention to the many forms of racism that People of Color and Indigenous people face at work, at home, and in their communities.
On top of managing their day-to-day responsibilities, individuals from historically marginalized groups have a unique set of stressors centered on racial identity that disproportionately makes them more likely to develop a mental health condition. Additionally, when racialized families need to establish contact with certain systems such as CAS, Police, and the Justice System, their sense of well-being can be disrupted.
Farah Family Solutions provides culturally enriching and appropriate services that assist individuals and families with navigating the systems to help find solutions to their needs. Race-based therapy (RBT) can help find solutions to certain challenging situations related to mental health situations, including depression, anxiety, and stress-related issues. We create hope and inspire our clients to break through barriers to a world of possibilities. Our aim is to assist our clients in providing pathways for them to achieve their full potential, regain balance and contribute to improving their health, well being and quality of life.
Racism – in any form – can take a toll on not only the body but also on the mind. Navigating the effects isn’t easy. But by recognizing the need for therapy, you’ve already taken the first step toward improving your mental health.
If you’re considering mental health services, we are here for you -- let us help!
In therapy with us you will:
Learn the effects of racism on the mind and body and gain new strategies that will help you navigate the complexities of racism. Address self-blame, rumination, and strategies in coping with race-based trauma.
Our Approach - Afro-Centric
Culturally grounded, encompassing, intersectionality of race, gender, ethnicity, social class, ability, sexuality, and spirituality. This approach acknowledges African cultural resiliency as a foundation to help solve pressing social problems that diminish human potential and preclude positive social change.
Provide one-on-one and group counselling of youth and their families.
Afro-Centric Principals of Intervention
Umoja – Unity – Service for and maintain unity in the family and community
Kujichagulia – Self Determination – Define ourselves, create for ourselves, name ourselves
Ujima – Collective work and Responsibility
Ujamaa - Cooperation- working together
Nia – Purpose
Kuumba - Creativity
Imani – Faith- To believe in higher power, our people, our parents, our teachers and leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.