“I’m a Black man in America, and these images that you see of life being taken so capriciously away, it’s startling really, to both have to exist in this country, as well as navigate others’ existence in this country when it can be so painful.”
Witnessing acts of aggression against black people can have a negative psychological impact. This impact is still pervasive for black therapists who are dealing with their own psychological health.
"Psychologists are prone to exhibiting burnout and compassion fatigue and, if not handled appropriately, the high levels of distress could impair them from doing their jobs effectively" (Plata, 2018).
We have to nurture ourselves so that we can nurture others effectively. Thank you for writing this article.
Plata, M. (2018). Therapists Need Therapy, Too. Retrieved July 16, 2020, from https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gywy7x/therapists-need-therapy-too