Despite many years of fighting against racism and discrimination, African Americans are still faced with these obstacles in all areas of their lives, including the search for mental healthcare. Finding culturally sensitive and culturally competent programs remains a challenge, especially in a society where the fields of psychiatry and addiction treatment are dominated by the needs of the dominant culture. Empirical research confirms that African Americans are 20 percent more likely than the rest of the US population to experience severe forms of mental illness, such as major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as higher rates of suicide among African American men.
African Americans may be more likely to turn to family members or spiritual leaders for support, rather than seeking mental healthcare from white practitioners. The relatively low number of black mental health practitioners, combined with a lack of cultural training among the predominantly white practitioners, contributes to distrust and a reluctance to seek care. African American individuals also have higher rates of exposure to life events or conditions that can worsen mental illness or discourage treatment, such as the following: Homelessness, Violence, Racial discrimination and lack of health coverage.
HHBH Master level clinicians render highly effective and quality mental health services through a trauma-informed, culturally responsive and client-centered approach. Our theoretical orientation is rooted in family systems with an emphasis on: Cognitive Processing Therapy(CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Crisis Intervention Therapy (CIT) .
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