Therapists and Race ft. Elizabeth McCorvey
Hey, all! This episode is directed at my helpers out there. This episode is going to be about race in the therapy room. How does this tie to sex, you might wonder? Because all of our identities matter… and being able to talk about racial identity in therapy is essential to understanding how our bodies exist in the world.
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What we talked about
Hiya, folks! Our guest this week is Elizabeth McCorvey, licensed clinical social worker (Pro-nouns: She/her).
This episode is directed at my helpers out there, and is going to be about race in the therapy room. How does this tie to sex you might wonder? Because all of our identities matter… and being able to talk about racial identity in therapy is essential to understanding how our bodies exist in the world.
The world being what it has been, and what it is today, has prompted me to ask Elizabeth about her creation of a protocol for talking with black clients about situations surrounding people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. We encourage you to be curious, continue learning, and acknowledge that the dynamics of race are important to address. Our conversation also stresses the importance of asking permission and allowing clients to set the boundaries around the conversation. Deep stuff, and such a great conversation!
Elizabeth serves folks in North Carolina, but can do coaching as well where ever you are!
More about Elizabeth
I’m a Social Worker, a musician, a gardener, an anti-Racism educator, an equestrian, an reader, a beer lover, etc, etc, etc (not sorry – I tried to stop but all of them feel important to me). My pronouns are she/her/hers. Most of the time I’m a therapist that sometimes gets to help people by playing with horses, but I also spend some time educating mental health professionals on anti-racism and working with other people that don’t necessarily want me to pick their brain using my mind tricks.
I show up pretty consistently no matter what – I love to challenge ideas and people tend to think I’m pretty direct. I laugh a lot and swear a lot and I work really hard to decolonize and dismantle white supremacy anywhere I see it. When I encounter a system that’s doing something “because we’ve always done it this way”, I can’t do anything but think about how to disrupt it and create more spaces for authenticity.
In my coaching and consultation, you’ll find that my aim is to help you develop consistency in finding the balance between what you say your goals are, and what you’re doing to help yourself meet them. If you’re ready for it (and I’ll call BS when I see it), I can help you work and live in alignment with who you say you want to be.