BLACK + WOMAN
Feeling like you could only bring some parts of yourself to the therapy space and not all parts?
Maybe you have been in a situation where you had to explain part of your Black experience and it just didn’t click with the therapist.
Maybe you left out bits and pieces because you didn’t feel like having to go through explaining what you meant.
Maybe you had a therapist waste time convincing you that they weren’t racist.
Maybe you experienced a microaggression by a therapist like being told you “spoke well” or having your name mispronounced over and over again.
Whatever it’s been, it hasn’t made you feel comfortable. It hasn’t made you feel safe…and moreover it hasn’t helped your healing.
You need a therapist who:
Can relate to your experiences as a Black woman because it is a shared experience
Will ask questions out of curiosity but most importantly through the lens of cultural humility
Will create space for you to bring all parts of yourself to therapy and welcome you with open arms
Will be aware of their own implicit (and explicit) bias and be able to correct themselves when they are wrong
...and a little “okay girlll,” or “Sis, I see you” every now and then doesn’t hurt!
ANXIETY • WOMEN'S ISSUES • LIFE TRANSITIONS • PEOPLE PLEASING • RELATIONSHIPS • SELF-ESTEEM
One of my favorite aspects of being a social worker and educator is presenting on topics that I'm passionate about. My workshops include relationship building, honest dialogue, and self reflection. Below are some topics I have presented on in the past. I'd be happy to discuss how I can contribute to your organization or agency in a meaningful way through various workshop topics.
MOTHERHOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH
Fatima was clear in her communication, outlined the seminar's learning targets and the content was spot on! How encouraging to our profession that we can discuss and grow like this!
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FATIMA BANISTER, LCSW
I once had a client share that working with me is like talking to a close friend or cousin and it was the BEST compliment!
To me, the therapeutic relationship is both sacred and cultural. We were made to be in relationship!
Boundaries will be set, homework will be given, treatment plans will be made, but what is most important to me is that you feel comfortable and safe.