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I'm a Black Woman, and I'm Not Ashamed to Say I Go to Therapy

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"It's going to get ugly before it gets beautiful." Those may not have been my therapist's exact words, but it was exactly the kind of truth-telling I needed from my first session. Over the past 10 years, I've experienced more ugly than I would like, and I was ready to do whatever it would take to turn things around. I'm a Black woman, and I've been in therapy for more than six months now.

At times, during my childhood. That and many other shows depicted white women sitting on sofas pouring out thoughts so private, I felt they should have been whispered. You just didn't see Black people on TV receiving therapy. This coupled with cultural norms and stereotypes shaped my beliefs about and why it simply wasn't an option for me.

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