Racial Trauma & Systemic Oppression

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Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), is the mental and emotional damage that is inflicted in situations where someone experiences racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, or hate crimes. Anyone who has experienced an emotionally painful, sudden, and uncontrollable racist encounter could develop a race-based traumatic stress response. In the U.S., Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are the most at-risk people groups to having experienced racial trauma.

Exposure to race-based discrimination can have damaging psychological effects on individuals and their communities. In some cases, frequent exposures to RBTS can lead to PTSD-type symptoms.

If you believe you are struggling with race-based traumatic stress, we can help. It is crucial that you find a counselor who is a multicultural or racial trauma-informed therapist. These therapists work to create an open, culturally affirming, empowering space for you to heal from racialized trauma however you may have experienced it.

Signs and Symptoms

  • physical manifestations (chest pains, insomnia, etc.)
  • PTD symptoms (flashbacks, triggers, nightmares)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • dissociative episodes
  • social withdrawal

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How does Lifeologie help?

Discuss your concerns with our client care team.

When you reach out to Lifeologie, you’ll be connected with one of our intake specialists. In a “call center?” No way. Our specialists are based in our local Lifeologie offices and know the counselors well. Their entire job is to learn about you and what you’re looking for and to match you with the counselor who will be the very best fit for your needs and preferences.

Find a counselor who is passionate about helping you reach your mental health goals.

Lifeologists are counselors, life coaches and overall wellness advocates who are experts and specialists in their craft. From EMDR to nutrition coaching, brain spotting to play therapy, we have you covered. Even our offices are carefully curated to feel modern, comfortable and inviting. Counseling at Lifeologie is not your typical counseling experience – in any way.

Receive continuous support and guidance as you go on your mental health journey.

Your counselor at Lifeologie will meet you wherever you are, whether you’re just starting in counseling for the first time ever… or returning to a life-long counseling journey after a break. Your Lifeologist will partner with you to meet your goals. Wherever you are, we come alongside and help you move forward!


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