Trauma & PTSD

Trauma & PTSD

I know trauma is not easy to explore. It can seem scary to feel like you need to unpack and relive the things that hurt you. Just know you are not alone, nor do you have to face it alone.

Trauma and PTSD can affect individuals from all races and ethnicities, but there are unique challenges that POC communities may face when dealing with trauma.  POC members have experienced a history of systemic racism, discrimination, and violence, which can lead to complex forms of trauma. For example, black people may experience generational trauma, where the effects of trauma are passed down through generations due to ongoing experiences of racism and oppression.  Furthermore, black people may be at an increased risk of experiencing trauma-related to race-based violence or police brutality. 


Research has shown that exposure to racial discrimination is linked to higher rates of PTSD among black people and other POC members.   It is essential to recognize and address these unique challenges when supporting those individuals who have experienced trauma and PTSD. Culturally sensitive approaches, such as therapy with black and brown therapists, can help provide safe environments for healing and recovery.