White Privilege/Fragility

White privilege is the privilege that benefits those who society identifies as white, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. According to Peggy McIntosh, an activist and writer, whites in Western societies enjoy advantages that non-whites do not experience, as "an invisible package of unearned assets". Having and recognizing your white privilege is not racist and does not mean that you have not “earned” your success or struggled in your life. It is about acknowledging the inherent advantage of having white skin in America – an advantage that many others do not have. A therapist that specializes in white privilege can help you think about how you can create a more meaningful and purpose filled life. They can help you come up with ways to be a good ally and part of the solution – rather than the problem. They can help uncover fears that are holding you back. They can help you prepare for tough conversations that you want to have with your family, friends or colleagues about diversity, inclusion or racial justice. If you want to explore the idea of white privilege in a safe and supportive environment, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

Meet the specialists

As a multiracial individual who at times passes for White, I've done a lot of self exploration and have participated in much training around White privilege. I enjoy working with clients who are exploring their own White racial identity and especially am interested in helping White therapists so they can better understand and help their clients of color without being fragile when race is brought up in the therapy session.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

A Portland, OR Race Talks Consultant and Facilitator since 2018, mentored by Black women and other BIPOC team leaders. Launched in 2020 weekly anti-racism self exploration groups for white people using Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad to do the inner work and stay involved in systemic change efforts for diversity, equity and inclusion. Reparations offer for CA or OR couples with a Black partner or partners to obtain relationship counseling at no charge (or by donation).

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

As a former higher ed faculty member, part of my coursework was on recognizing privilege and oppression and ways to be accountable with privilege. Our group practice serves a number of white folks who are activists, organizers, spiritual leaders, and community members who are wanting to process ways that white supremacy may show up in their lives and work, as well as ways to move through white fragility.

— Kendra Smith, Counselor

I am honored to support other white people in waking up to our cultural conditioning of privilege and power. Operating all the time (in social environments, work settings, inter-racial relationships, etc) white privilege is something we have learned well as white people and can un-learn through compassion, guidance and support.

— Jacquelyn Richards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Through various trainings in anti-racism, anti-oppression and restorative justice, as well as my personal explorations of ancestry, white ethnic identity, white dominance, violence and shame, Black, Indigenous and POC history, I seek to create space for other white people - particularly other white queer and trans* people - to explore themes of power, privilege and oppression as it impacts self, personal relationships, community and society.

— Jonathan Julian, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I welcome white people to my practice who are working on their own racism and want to learn to be sturdier allies to people of color.

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

Honestly exploring the role of White privilege in our lives is a critical part of healing. For all of us with this experience, it is a life-long practice. In my work, I prioritize the acknowledgement of race-based privilege and

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in East Bay, CA

Honestly exploring the role of White privilege in our lives is a critical part of healing. For all of us with this experience, it is a life-long practice. In my work, I prioritize the acknowledgement of race-based privilege and

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in East Bay, CA
 

Dismantling internalized white supremacy is work I have done personally, through supervising other clinicians and with clients. If you are invested in this work and/or are being called to it by a person of color in your life, I can help you build insight and change behavior through a strong but compassionate approach. This is a lifelong process. I would never expect perfection from you or myself.

— Sarah Blaszczak, in Portland, OR

After working as a volunteer facilitator of anti-bias consultation and training programs in nonprofit, corporate, school, and community settings, I went to graduate school to study the psychological impact of oppression and racial identity development. While in school, I ran a weekly group for anti-racist white students, to explore white identity, intersectionality, and privilege. I am passionate about supporting folks of all races/ethnicities in intersectional social justice work.

— Shannon Budelman, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I was trained in multicultural community counseling where I had the opportunity to work with individuals on white privilege/fragility. It was a very precious experience and I hope to provide a space for this journey of exploring white privilege/fragility.

— Elizabeth Hua, Counselor in Oceanside, CA

We internalize systems of domination in our bodies and psyches, recreating them towards ourselves and one another. Silence and denial are integral to the perpetuation of racial inequity and domination. Tolerating discomfort to tease apart the harm caused by racial injustice builds capacity to make mistakes and remain engaged. In exploring how whiteness shapes and informs our lives and relationships, examining subconscious beliefs, practice moving away from complicity in our role within systems.

— Jessamyn Wesley, Licensed Professional Counselor in portland, OR
 

I came from a background where racism is the norm. I am still learning all of the ways the norms of my childhood and even day to day life now, is permeated with racist policies. I do not believe most people are maliciously racist, by I do believe a lot of people would prefer to remain ignorant than put in the effort to change it. I do believe it is my responsibility to use my privilege to address the systemic oppression and raising awareness of our own power to change things now and the future.

— MaKael White, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Puyallup, WA

Honestly exploring the role of White privilege in our lives is a critical part of healing.

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in East Bay, CA