“What are you?” – Clinical Complexities of Biracial Identity

Linda Bortell Psy.D.

“I hate that question” a biracial college freshman lamented to me. “People look at me and it’s almost like I’m not a person because they don’t know what kind of person I am.” She was discussing being biracial (African-American and Caucasian) and feeling like people NEEDED to find a . . . → Read More: “What are you?” – Clinical Complexities of Biracial Identity

Linda Bortell, Psy.D: Change as a Constant in Multicultural Competency

Racial tensions and aggressions continue to evolve in this country in more subtle and covert ways. This “new” form of racism is more difficult to acknowledge and identify (Sue, et al, 2007). These racial microaggressions can be a therapist using Eurocentric language, unconscious looks, gestures or tones. The “perpetrator” of these (read: therapist) overlooks these or dismisses the act because they were not aware of it. However, the “victim” (read: patient) sees these small things and may be unable to relegate it to a nonevent. The patient may shift what they say and how they disclose in therapy based on these microaggressions. . . . → Read More: Linda Bortell, Psy.D: Change as a Constant in Multicultural Competency