Healing from Discrimination

“Discrimination experiences based on race, religion, disabilities or other factors. We empower clients to process discrimination in constructive ways.”
Common Challenges
Instances of discrimination produce trauma affecting mental and physical health. Dehumanization, microaggressions, or violence targeting identity characteristics create toxic stress. Victims report anxiety, depression, hypertension, sleep issues that compound without support. Inherited intergenerational trauma too takes its toll. Healing is complicated by cultural stigma around mental healthcare.
Artistic image showcasing a feeling of discrimination
TREATMENT METHODS AND APPROACHES

How we work with addressing discrimination?

Our multicultural team meets clients within their cultural contexts using evidence-based trauma recovery models. However injustice was perpetrated, we first provide space for cathartic release of pain, betrayal, powerlessness. Then strengths-focused approaches reinforce resilience, meaning-making and post-traumatic growth. As needed, we guide discussions on legal rights, community activism or media literacy as discrimination combating tools. Protective skills like boundary setting, self-care routines and mindfulness build back personal agency and physical regulation. With compassion throughout, we empower survivors to process discrimination and reclaim life on their own terms.

Our Therapists Who Specialize in Discrimination

Therapist Kimone Williams at Mind in Motion clinic

Kimone Williams

Kimone holds an Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling. She is interested in culturally responsive counseling and providing space to immigrant generations. In her practice Kimone integrates mindfulness, person centered therapy, and positive psychology.
Therapist Damien Tilliman

Damien Tilliman, Psy.D.

Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Therapeutic orientation draws from person-centered, psychodynamic, and postmodern philosophical approaches. Specializes in facilitating group therapy, supervising and training clinicians, and exploring intersubjectivity.
Therapist Christie Lee

Christie Lee

Holds an Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling. Fluent in both English and Korean. Emphasizes building a collaborative and genuine therapist-client relationship as the foundation for positive change and effective counseling. Practices in various modalities, such as relational, CBT, and dialectical behavior therapy.

"When discrimination hurts parts of who you are, it can brew inner turmoil that's overwhelming to work through alone. Finding your strength again takes connecting with people who understand how much pain prejudice has caused you."

SELF HELP

Why it's difficult to heal from discrimination on your own

The trauma inflicted by discrimination through prejudice, violence, or denial of rights often leaves us feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Making sense of senseless acts alone can seem impossible when shame, self-blame and power dynamics distort perspective. We question the veracity of our own reactions since society gaslights the oppressed. These incidents join prior generational wounds still tender for marginalized groups. Such complex pain requires holding space to unpack layered impacts over time with compassionate witnessing.

Ask for help today!

When someone faces discrimination, they can feel very isolated and distressed afterward. Trying to process hurtful attacks on your identity by yourself often leads to getting stuck in cycles of anger and pain. It feels unfair what you underwent, but society’s indifference to prejudice makes you question if you’re overreacting. You lose confidence along with a sense of safety and self-worth when parts of who you are were rejected or harmed.

Resources

Podcast

Social Anxiety

The Unconscious Crew discussed a question related to getting a job and social anxiety. Enjoy!

Blog

The Paradox of Choice

In this episode of the Collective Unconscious Podcast, Dr. Damien Tilliman, psychologist and a business owner, and Dr. Sheena Shachdev,

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