At Providence Behavioral Health Associates, we believe that people are born with dignity, regardless of gender, sexual identity, the color of one’s skin, or where you or your ancestors come from. Dignity is a natural worth regardless of how much money you make, who you love, who you may pray to, or how well you can do things. Research shows that when people show racism or prejudice towards others, it can harm our physical and mental health. Now more than ever, we are reminded of the harm caused by racism and prejudice.

Behavioral health providers and mental health counselors are uniquely trained to help heal the wounds caused by racism and prejudice.  In the training of psychology and human behavior, we are taught to examine these issues from different points of view.  We regularly review the science of psychology to maintain best practices to address the mental health impact of racism and prejudice – such as what counseling tools are most effective to help people work through disagreements and conflict. As providers in the behavioral health field, we also make every attempt to look inward to uncover any biases, stereotypes, or blind spots in our understanding of racism and prejudice. Through our own ongoing learning, participation in workshops, and consultation, we work hard to provide a professional, safe, and compassionate space for anyone to talk about racism and prejudice without fear of judgment or rejection.  This commitment to open dialogue can lead to healing, better overall health, and a sense of well-being.

For a positive change to happen in our society, we must work together to heal the impact of racism and prejudice in all forms. We appreciate the work of scientists, law enforcement, clinicians, educators, and government representatives and encourage all of us to come together to address these issues. If you find yourself struggling with issues of racism and prejudice, we urge you to reach out for help.  The Rhode Island Psychological Association has put together a list of agencies and resources that can offer additional support.

Please feel free to contact our office (401-369-9224) if you have any questions about how we may be able to help.