Even as mental health is becoming normalized in Black communities, being Black, LGBTQ+, and seeking mental health support can still be challenging. BGN reached out to Dr. Mahogany Hall to provide some mental health tips for any Black LGBTQ+ individuals in need of support. Dr. Hall is the owner/founder of Hall Counseling Services LLC, a group practice specializing in treating racial trauma and working with LGBTQ+ communities. Her specialties include helping adolescents, adults, couples with depression, trauma, attachment, sexual orientation/identity, and acculturation.
“Many Black people think of LGBTQ+ as just being ‘homosexuality,’ which has always been taboo in the Black community, which is problematic,” says Dr. Hall. “I’ve also noticed Black men take a little bit longer to warm up and talk about their sexual orientation.”
When asked why it’s important for Black LGBTQ+ folks to find Black LGBTQ+ therapists, Dr. Hall states that “when you go to a therapist who cannot relate to you, it’s almost like speaking a foreign language…Your therapist should be culturally competent and allow the general conversation to flow to build trust.”
Recognize that it can be complicated to find therapists of color in your insurance plan or who are compatible with your budget. It never hurts to engage in certain types of communities through specific mental help groups on Meetup.com. Search out group therapy. You can also ask other people you know if they can recommend someone to you. Be creative and find ways to network.
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