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Why having a systemic and anti-oppressive therapist matters

At Sedâ Psychotherapy, our therapists are committed to providing systemic and anti-oppressive care to our clients. But what does that really mean and why should it matter?


Systemically-oriented and anti-oppressive therapists see their clients within the context of their relationships with others and the world. We recognize that your experiences aren't happening in isolation from the world around you.


We live in a world of systems that actively oppress people based on the intersections of race, ability, gender, sex, sexuality, religion, class, and other social identities. A systemic and anti-oppressive therapist is committed to being reflective of their own experiences of power, privilege, and marginalization and how these experiences may impact the therapy process and the client-therapist relationship. Recognizing the power imbalances that exist between client and therapist allows us to actively work on creating a space of safety and respect for your identities and experiences.


Curious about working with an anti-oppressive therapist? Learn more about the therapists on our team here.


Coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, intersectionality informs inequities and privileges that people experience based on multiple identity markers and positionality. Understanding intersectionality helps to broaden our awareness of how the sum of our (multiple) identity parts shapes our social and cultural experiences and access to resources. This in turn can have implications on policy guidelines and practices, research, and community engagement.
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