Therapist for POC in Berkeley
- Anxiety, depression, sadness, overwhelm, and stress;
- You feel like you really need support and yet you kind of don’t know where to begin or who to turn to.
- You feel unwelcome – potential uncertain or confused surrounding your multi-racial identity;
- You feel marginalized, oppressed, and possibly being discriminated against in the workplace;
- You’re experiencing racial identity issues, possibly feeling the “double tax” that comes from being a person of color and a woman;
- You feel “other” and like you’re navigating between cultures and worlds;
- You’re holding the weight of the intergenerational trauma you come from on top of all the “regular” stress of life.
- Support working through any and all of the issues you’re going through;
- And you also want to work with a therapist of color who GETS it, who’s willing to address issues related to systemic injustice, bias, and racism along with everything else you bring to the table;
- You want to be seen and heard from someone with a shared life experience;
- As a person of color you really want to receive therapy from a therapist of color;
I get it. And I want to be that therapist for you.
As a Black Therapist, Here’s What I Want You to Know About Me:
Being a person of color has been my greatest blessing and most persistent challenge.
There are so many challenges that I and many other people of color have and continue to face daily.
Our mental health can begin to be impacted by the emotional and physical toll of wearing many facades and attempting to overcome these “invisible” stressors.
As a person of color and therapist of color one of my main life missions is to empower other people of color.
Here’s What I Want You to Know About Our Working Together:
Let’s face it: in today’s society, race, ethnicity, and gender are at the forefront of our conversations.
Whether the conversation is centralized around politics, sports, music or education – it’s rare to be in an environment in which this important contextual factor is not discussed.
Although race and ethnicity are critical components of our society and culture, these issues are still very difficult to talk about.
Nevertheless, my role as a therapist of color is to create a space where healing, growth, and exploration can occur.
Race and gender can and do create many burdens and challenges that may be invisible to some but all-encompassing for others.
For so many (myself included), these burdens and challenges have forced me to wear many facades to attempt to navigate more efficiently through different domains of my life.
Additionally, the weight of wearing these facades can significantly impact a person’s mental health and overall wellness because of the physical and emotional toll that it takes to try and overcome these invisible stressors.
Furthermore, my life experiences and professional training have equipped me to help support you through this journey.
Throughout our work together, I hope to create a space where you can remove the façade and feel safe enough to allow your authentic self to be present in the room.
Our work together is not about you educating me about your experience with race; it is about creating a space for you to discuss how your narratives of the world have been influenced by the diverse parts of yourself, race and gender included.
I hope that through our journey together, you are able to feel empowered with the knowledge that you are sitting across from someone who wants to create space for our potential shared experiences as people of color to start a beautifully complicated conversation.
If you would like to explore working with me, please feel free to schedule either a 20-minute consult call to speak with me or schedule a first full therapy session so we can get started in our work together.
I truly look forward to being of support to you.
Aja Johnson, AMFT
Aja Johnson, AMFT specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, couples and families dealing with issues related to:
- anxiety and depression
- self-esteem and body image
- self-identity development
- life transitions
- family & relationship conflict
- issues related to racism & oppression
- competetive and elite athletics sports stress
I also work with individuals who identify as being a person of color or multiracial/bi-racial. I am LGBTQ affirmative and welcome clients from all cultural backgrounds and identities.