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The juggling of two worlds

Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community comes with its unique experiences while living in a world of mostly cis-het people. The same can be said about being a black/indigenous person of color (BIPOC) in a world that gives privilege to whiteness. When you're both queer and a person of color? There are experiences that feel like not many people would know or understand. That's why queer people of color need identity-affirming mental health therapy.

Both communities are rich with their culture, love, and history. It's not uncommon, though, to struggle in either one as you navigate fitting into a mold that doesn't seem quite right. Maybe there's the pressure of not being "queer enough" in one community and not being "straight enough" in another. Maybe there's fear that there are people in either community who will hurt you. Maybe there's fears that you have to pick one community over the other. And if that happens, the loss may be very painful.

These thoughts aren't uncommon in queer BIPOC folx. If these resonate with you, your feelings are so, so valid.

A shared experience

What queer people of color often face is the question of how to live authentically in a world that demands the inauthentic. There are questions of, "Who is safe?" Or, "Who can I trust?" Or, "Who can I turn to?" These are questions that often don't have clear-cut answers, but they're questions that many queer BIPOC folx have asked before.

This is where identity-affirming mental health therapy comes in. In sessions with an affirming therapist, you can explore your unique experiences with someone who will understand and validate them. You'll be able to find out what your values are, what authenticity means to you, and how you can live your life in a way that will help you feel fulfilled and flexible. And with an identity-affirming therapist, you don't have to explain or justify your experiences - you can speak knowing that they are valid and important.

How we can help

Cultured Space therapists' values are rooted in providing safe, affirming care for folx across all identities. We offer individual, 100% virtual therapy for clients who are ready to start their healing journey. If you're searching for a therapist, you simply look through our Clinicians page, pick which one you want to work with, and schedule your first session. Sometimes folx might have more questions before they start meeting with a therapist, and that's okay! If that's the case, you're welcome to schedule a consultation to learn more about the process.

Once you feel ready and schedule an appointment with one of our therapists, you'll will receive paperwork in your email that lets us know who you are, what you're coming in for, and what you hope to achieve with therapy. Then, a special link will be sent out to their email for you to connect and meet your therapist!

What makes Cultured Space different?

Cultured Space therapists have are work with us because of the values they hold to provide safe, identity-affirming therapy. For queer people of color, you can expect to be embraced and honored as you share about your life. Our therapists are trained in providing services for those with any number of constellation of identities. We also offer all-online therapy services on a secure, encrypted videochatting platform to ensure accessibility.

But you may still have questions about culturally competent therapy…

How do I know my therapist is safe for me to talk to?

While we hope you're able to see for yourself, Cultured Space is a progressive practice that sees value in identity-affirming work. All of our therapists consistently make time for psychoeducation and diversity training to learn how to better support our clients. In addition, our therapists have a thorough understanding of intersectionality and what it means to grapple with multiple forms of oppression. No matter what your background is, our therapists have the tools to help you.

Can therapy really help me with the stress in my life?

If you have repeatedly suffered from discrimination, or identity-based trauma, you may be doubtful that therapy can help you deal with these barriers. But by pursuing culturally competent therapy, you can learn how to make yourself heard in spaces where you may have been dismissed in the past. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to develop skills that will allow you to analyze and critique systems of oppression. Oppressive systems work to take away your voice, but Cultured Space therapists will let you turn up your volume and use it!

I don’t think there’s anything I can do about systemic oppression and discrimination.

While it's hard to change a system, we each have our part. Although these forms of prejudice persist, learning how to create strong boundaries can help you navigate toxic environments with dignity. Therapy is often the first step in challenging and healing from the oppression. In therapy, you can take ownership of your own story and establish agency in your life.

What we believe

Your mental health matters. Period. We know that it is closely tied to your physical health, spiritual health, relational health, and others. We know that the identities you hold are woven into each facet of your well-being. We also know that accessing services can be challenging. This is why we provide you with telehealth and online therapy services that you can use from the comfort of your own home. Our goal is to make quality mental health care accessible so that you can get support you need with understanding and compassion.

We can help you take more control in your life.

when you're ready,

we're here for you

your story is important

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all parts of you matter

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Cultured Space will soon be accepting insurance!

If you are interested in utilizing your insurance to pay for services, CLICK HERE sign up on our waitlist today!

Cultured Space therapists are currently out-of-network providers. Investing in your mental health is currently $200-$350 per session.

Our staff can support you in funding your services by providing you with a superbill. Schedule a consultation to learn more!

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