“Why We Went To Therapy”–Black Men Speak Out

a friend of mine passed away suddenly, and I really had a hard time processing it. My feelings tended to be in flux and sometimes I would get teary and upset for no reason. I also had never experienced grieving before and since I was starting my first job, I really needed to get my emotions in check.

Hardy: As a full-time Black man trying to navigate this world and its many challenges, therapy has saved my life. I’ve been in therapy for a few years, and it has been a revelatory, calming, reassuring journey with lots of growth and insights along the way. I first entered therapy after returning home to Virginia after dealing with then-unnamed depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations while living and working in Panama.

Jolla: I chose therapy because I had been struggling with certain life issues primarily within the confines of my own mind for years on end, with no true resolution, when I finally decided to go.

Marshall: I made the decision to start going to therapy simply because I want to better understand how my life experiences are affecting my present lifestyle, thoughts, and actions. Even further, I don’t want to carry traumatic stress with me every day, the body remembers the stress and passes it on to descendants. I don’t want to impair my future children with such a burden.

What were your misconceptions about therapy prior to attending?

McGee: It’s really funny, I always thought about therapy (of all kinds regardless of why you’re there) to be kind where you sit in a chair and talk about your mother or your past. But it’s not necessarily like that. it kind of depends on

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