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Two therapists of colour explain why Ireland needs more culturally-responsive therapy


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by Angela O'Shaughnessy
08th Apr 2021

Read time: 9 mins

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“Some clients don’t want to explain themselves...If your challenge is racism, it could be difficult to open up to a white person,”

Mental health issues in minorities present in all the usual ways – anxiety, depression and relationship troubles – but often with an added cultural dimension. Two therapists of colour explain the change that is needed.

“I never saw myself as a Black therapist, but after I got a call from a young lady and she burst into tears and said, ‘I’ve been looking for you!’ I thought, ‘that’s not right.” That was enough for Dublin-based psychotherapist, Ejiro Ogbevoen, to start a directory of Black therapists in October 2020. After a slew of inquiries after the death of George Floyd, the Nigerian-born practitioner realised that clients wanted therapists who could relate...

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