Because mental health is largely misunderstood, people often believe their problems aren't severe enough to require therapy. But the truth is everyone can benefit from talk therapy at some point in their life—and that includes me, even though I'm a therapist myself. But it was not until I had a subpar experience with a white therapist that I realized the importance of cultural background in the client/therapist relationship.

As a professional in the field, I have read countless studies and have been a part of numerous conversations about how a shared racial background between client and therapist can lead to better outcomes. However, when I transitioned from being a therapist into the role of a client, I truly began to understand, firsthand, the benefit of working with someone who looked like myself.

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