Recently, the Critical Therapy Center has been mentioned in the news and we wanted to speak to our work, approach, and our values.
The Critical Therapy Center provides transformative therapy spaces for individuals, couples, families, and groups. It is not a restorative justice program, racial re-education, or implicit bias training. We provide therapy and clinical training that is grounded in an understanding of how power, histories of oppression and privilege, influence each of us as individuals within broader systems.
We do not believe racism can be cured in a few therapy sessions — or even 100 sessions. The process of unlearning and challenging internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized systems of oppression is a lifelong journey.
Individual bias and prejudice are important aspects of racism, which can be confronted and unlearned within therapy. However, racism is a system of oppression embedded into institutions, policy, and social structures. It is a pervasive system that advantages white people at the expense of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
While therapy cannot fix these systems, it can play an important role in transforming them. All systems are created and maintained by people. By working at the individual level, we strive to deepen awareness of the ways that each person is part of perpetuating or transforming these systems. More concretely, if we believe in a world beyond mass incarceration, we need to do the hard and complicated work of building the alternatives.
The personal is political, and therapy must be part of creating a more liberated and equitable world. Our approach encourages patients to critically explore their lives, beliefs, and actions. This builds their awareness of how they impact other people, our communities, systems we are part of, and the world. Through this analysis, we can grow into better people and create the world that we want to live in.
The Critical Therapy Center (CTC) provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups, as well as consulting services and training to non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses.
Critical therapy offers a unique approach to helping people achieve clarity and resolution with respect to life transitions and relationships, opening up new possibilities for action and self-understanding. We pay special attention to how class, race, gender, and religion influence one’s identity.
Our goal is empowerment, liberation and healing.