A mental health professional’s ability to lead you through beneficial internal work is determined by a lot of factors. I have worked with some therapists who were educated at prestigious schools and completed training through notable organizations, but whom I just didn’t click with enough to want to come back to see.
Likewise, I’ve met with therapists who were new to the profession, but who seemed to understand where I was coming from enough to make some solid suggestions for ways forward. I believe that success in mental health is a mix of skill level and knowledge as well as just pure giftedness.
That being said, I started seeing a therapist who was a dark-skinned woman like me a few years ago, and the transformative work I’ve been able to do under her guidance has made me realize something: a dark-skinned woman having a therapist who is a dark-skinned woman has been a winning combo for me. It was also a winning combo for my mother when I was growing up, leading me to believe there’s an additional benefit to having a therapist who looks like you.