Welcome to Amarachi Therapy
Mental Health Counseling and
Workplace Wellness Services for
Black & POC Professionals
in Maryland and Washington, DC
What is Workplace Stress?
Difficulty Making Decisions
Problems with Interpersonal Relationships
Inability to Cope
Decrease in Initiative
Gastrointestinal Upsets, like diarrhea or constipation
Inability to Concentrate
Drop in Work Performance
What are the main work-related stressors?
What is Workplace Racial Trauma?
Racial Trauma is a form of race-based stress that affects Black people and people of color when they experience and witness dangerous events and perceived experiences of racial discrimination. For many, racial trauma appears as threats of harm and injury, humiliation, and often witnessing people of color being harmed, which can negatively impact one’s mental health.
In the workplace, racial trauma is a specific type of workplace stress that can look like micro/macroaggressions that perpetuate racism, stereotypes, and aggression; harassment, lack of career advancement opportunities; and slights/snubs with racial undertones meant to be oppressive and derogatory.
While many black professionals have come forward with their experiences and successfully moved on from these types of work environments, many others have not had the luxury of doing so. As a result, Black/POCs resort to managing their work environments through emotional management and careful self-presentation (ie "code switching"). Despite these behavioral modifications, Black employees continue to experience loneliness, isolation, lack of allies, tokenism, being overlooked, and lack of representation in leadership.
How Can Therapy Help Me?
If you’re considering therapy, you may be thinking about the possible drawbacks. Cost might be a concern for you. You might also be aware that therapy is often difficult. Trauma or other painful events from the past can be frightening to remember, much less discuss with someone else. Even if you aren’t dealing with trauma, working through challenges isn’t easy, and therapy isn’t a quick fix. Therapy also requires honesty, with yourself and with the therapist you work with.
What Can I Expect During Therapy?
Intake - Your therapist will collect information from you via an intake questionnaire. This information includes contact and demographic information, reasons for seeking treatment, goals for therapy, medical and psychological treatment, substance use history, family medical/psychological history, risk assessment, and other factors.
Evaluation & Assessment - Once your therapist has collected your medical/psychological history, they identify, analyze, evaluate, and address the problems, issues, and circumstances which brought you to therapy. This step essential in the therapist understanding you.
Diagnosis - This is the process of comparing your symptoms with the diagnostic criteria of some type of classification system. For example, counselors in private practice and mental health agencies use the DSM–5. Insurance companies require diagnoses to authorize payment for services.
Treatment Planning - This collaborative process between you and your therapist is the development of a written document that outlines the proposed goals, plan, and methods of therapy. It will be used by you and your therapist to direct the steps to take in treating whatever you're working on.
Discharge Planning - A critical component of your treatment, discharge planning helps you prepare for the ups and downs of life after therapy. Discharge planning begins at the onset of treatment, and includes a plan for you to follow should your symptoms become unmanageable.
I Think Therapy Can Help Me. What Next?
I'm happy to hear that you're ready to begin your journey towards healing. Choosing the right therapist is an important part of your therapeutic journey. Please take a look at my services and read more about me to see if I may be a good fit for your needs. You can also click the link below to schedule a FREE 10-minute consultation to talk a little bit more if you're still unsure or have additional questions.