VIDEO: Handling Microaggressions in Therapy

An Eight-Step Process for Talking About It With Your Clients

Anatasia Kim

Let's say your client lets a microaggression slip during a session. Do you bring it up? And if so, where do you begin? Therapist and author Anatasia Kim is an expert on the matter. Here, she outlines her eight-step process for having a conversation with clients when this happens.

Anatasia Kim, PhD, is an associate professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She has a private practice and provides consultations and trainings to organizations on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusions. She’s the coauthor, with Alicia del Prado, of It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability & Gender in a Polarized World.

"As much as we want to protect the therapeutic relationship," Anatasia writes in her recent article, "we can’t pretend that we therapists aren’t shaped by our own cultural identities, just like our clients are, and that this doesn’t affect what happens in the therapy room."

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Check out Anatasia's article on handling microaggressions in sessions, "When to Speak Up," by clicking here and let us know what you think!

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Topic: Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations | Cultural, Social & Racial Issues

Tags: 2019 | black issues | Challenging Cases & Treatment Populations | challenging clients | conversation | conversational skills | Cultural, Social & Racial Issues | race | race in therapy | race relations | Racial discrimination | racial issues | Racism | therapeutic conversation

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:14:47 PM | posted by Carol Kieny
I would have to respectfully disagree with this article. Certainly no therapist should have to tolerate deliberate or overt ethnic or racial slurs. However, everything done in therapy should be done for the benefit of the client, not the therapist. Correcting or confronting a client about their unconscious or unintended “microaggressions” is not beneficial to the client or the therapeutic relationship.