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.

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This is my keen interest. I am currently in a doctoral program studying ways for counseling to help white people to change how we think, in order to free ourselves and others from the traps of racism. I am on this journey myself and I am very motivated to help other white people who are ready to move past the guilt and shame and experience a new awareness that makes room for greater love and joy. The way we change the world is by changing ourselves. We can do it together.

— Lisa Wenninger, Counselor in teletherapy only, CA
 

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

As a black man who grew up in the conservative south, I know how white supremacy can color the way in which you see people. I have held beliefs about my own people that were abhorrent and based on stereotypes I was taught and experiences I had. My black experience includes being bullied and made fun of by other black people, meaning, I understand what it is like to be on both sides of this dynamic. The antidote to privilege and fragility is a validating environment to be allowed to be curious.

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA
 

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

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

I work with white people as they explore their process of unlearning racism and acknowledging how privilege shows up in their worlds. We can acknowledge the ongoing process of having challenging conversations with ourselves and in our communities and address the overwhelm, anger, and confusion that can often arise. Also, we can work on the intersection of whiteness and other marginalized identities and experiences.

— Rachel Robbins, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

For over twenty years, I've worked on issues of racial and social justice, with an emphasis on helping white people develop a healthy racial and ethnic identity that includes interrupting white supremacy culture. I combine compassion with self-responsibility to create a space for healing, learning, and unlearning.

— Carrie Heron, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

In this open-hearted and well-held container, I strive to hold a compassionate healing space for white identified folks to gain comfort & fluency with the tools of anti-racism, to process how our** own encultured racism and white fragility presents itself and to process shame and despair when our** racism and white fragility has been causing harm. **I have a value of not “universalizing whiteness” when speaking about a general collective experience. In this case our = we white people.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

I work with white people as they explore their process of unlearning racism and acknowledging how privilege shows up in their worlds. We can acknowledge the ongoing process of having challenging conversations with ourselves and in our communities and address the overwhelm, anger, and confusion that can often arise. Also, we can work on the intersection of whiteness and other marginalized identities and experiences.

— Rachel Robbins, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

As a White therapist, I am open to having difficult discussions and being challenged, as part of the process of healing. I know it can be difficult to trust a therapist enough to talk about issues involving race and the challenges that come from living in a classist society. My heart is open.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ
 

This is my keen interest. I am currently in a doctoral program studying ways for counseling to help white people to change how we think, in order to free ourselves and others from the traps of racism. I am on this journey myself and I am very motivated to help other white people who are ready to move past the guilt and shame and experience a new awareness that makes room for greater love and joy. The way we change the world is by changing ourselves. We can do it together.

— Lisa Wenninger, Counselor in teletherapy only, CA

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
 

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

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
 

I have done a great deal of work to explore and understand my own privilege and identity, and I would love to help you do the same. I believe that systemic racism has negatively impacted all of us societally and individually, and that working toward dismantling these systems (both externally and internally) will have positive impacts on our collective health. I would be honored to be with you on your journey out of shame and into action!

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

In this open-hearted and well-held container, I strive to hold a compassionate healing space for white identified folks to gain comfort & fluency with the tools of anti-racism, to process how our** own encultured racism and white fragility presents itself and to process shame and despair when our** racism and white fragility has been causing harm. **I have a value of not “universalizing whiteness” when speaking about a general collective experience. In this case our = we white people.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA