This topic has been a long time coming. Why? Because I must be open and honest about my own personal struggles with my mental health.
This topic is still very taboo in the black community. The taboo comes from lack of understanding. But I will say that black people are starting to be more open to talking about their mental health and seeking out sources that will allow them to unpack their feelings and deal with pass trauma.
I remember when I first went to therapy. I was going weekly in order to establish rapport. Now, it’s common not to open up immediately. You are baring your soul to a complete stranger. But one would think after a while that the conversation would be free flowing. That was not the case for me.
I went to therapy week after week and gave only one word answers. Talk about being a difficult client. Now what happened next is comical to me now but when it first happened I was all in my feelings.
My therapist stated talking to me was like talking to a brick wall. We didn’t have a session that day. She told me in a nutshell that I was wasting my money and her time and I wasn’t ready for therapy. Now, you might be reading this and thinking that’s cold-hearted. But it was needed.
Come back next week to find out if I am still in therapy and seeing the same therapist.