The idea of the “strong Black woman”–a trope that sees Black women as inherently resilient and unbreakable–can make it difficult for Black women to seek support. This piece talks about the possible benefits of therapy for Black women, shares positive stories of Black women who have undergone therapy, and provides resources for those looking for help.
“For years, mainstream media has been perpetuating the ideology that black women don’t ask for help—we are the help. History led me to believe that asking for help wasn’t a luxury afforded to me. I believed it was something for rich (oftentimes white) people. I believed that I should be strong enough to forge onward without the external support.”