Black Lives Matter
Author: Clinicians at SF Bay CBT
At SF Bay CBT, we stand in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and wish to express solidarity with those around the world protesting violence, oppression, and stigmatization against Black individuals. We are outraged and saddened by the recent instances of violence against Black people, which reflect the longstanding and entrenched structural and systemic racial injustices in our country.
We stand against racism and hate in all forms.
We are in support of the American Psychological Association’s efforts to communicate more broadly on racism, to develop science-based recommendations to reduce police violence against Black people, and to address systemic and institutional racism.
Systemically and individually, we know we have work to do to address the persistent and undeniable racism in our communities. We are committed to the belief that all people (including clients) feel valued, respected, and safe. As believers in every human being’s potential for healing and growth, we hold firm the values of inclusion, multicultural diversity, multicultural humility, and social justice. At SF Bay CBT, we commit to listening, learning, unlearning, reflecting, and acting in order to do our part to affirm Black lives.
We see you, we hear you, and we value you.
We are all at the heart of this change. Please join us in coming together with respect, with understanding, and with the strength to make a change.
Black lives matter, that is all that this is about. I am seriously saddened by all of the injustice that is happening around us. I know that it can take a while before we can get used to it, though. I hope that we can all learn how to be better people. Race is not something that we should use to discriminate. Race is nothing more than just a concept, or at least that is how I see things right now.
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Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy primarily via telehealth. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, maternal mental health, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.