Therapy Isn't Just for White People (Hardcover)

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This book is a honest, perfectly paced collection of stories about the author's relationship with her race, place in the world, and the acceptance of her family history and upbringing as a considerable influence on how she shows up in the world. Imani has a common story for many black people who had to learn how to balance themselves between the white world they need acceptance in to be successful and being the full selves they are with their family and close friends. This is not a perspective we often see which is always refreshing, especially for black women whose personal narrative is often not represented.

— Amani


Therapy Isn't Just For White People is a brilliant debut memoir chronicling Imani's compelling journey to understand the racial trauma experienced by many Black people in America and the underlying effect it has on Black mental health. Through therapy, Imani was introduced to the concept of racial trauma, and discovered how her own unrecognized racial trauma affected her mental health, self-image, and worldview.

Spanning more than twenty years, Imani weaves together a multigenerational family portrait of her experiences growing up in the south to her career as a young Black professional, where she was often one of the few Black people in the room. Grounded in truth and reality, in a series of insightful and deeply affecting essays on race, gender, and identity, Imani writes about career, money, religion, food, health, dating, friendships, body image and beauty, and ultimately, through therapy, her mental health and well-being.

Sincere and inspiring, soulful and uplifting, Therapy Isn't Just For White People is a timely reminder of why the telling and sharing of untold Black stories are central to understanding the pervasive race issues in America. "Hold your head high and wear your Black skin with pride," Imani writes, embarking on a journey of understanding, healing, empathy, self-love, and taking control of her personal narrative about what it means to be Black in America in the 21st century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781735145884
ISBN-10: 1735145882
Publisher: Lit Riot Press, LLC
Publication Date: August 9th, 2022
Pages: 290
Language: English