We can do better. We must do better
At Riverview, we firmly believe in the power of social justice and its transformative potential in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. We recognize that individuals’ mental well-being is intimately tied to their experiences of social systems, structures, and inequalities. That is why we are committed to integrating social justice principles into our counseling practice.
What is social justice in counseling?
Social justice in counseling is an approach that acknowledges the impact of systemic oppression, discrimination, and marginalization on mental health. It involves understanding and addressing the ways in which factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability intersect to shape individuals’ experiences and access to resources.
Our commitment to social justice
- Inclusivity and Respect: We strive to create a safe and welcoming space for individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities). We respect and honor the uniqueness of each person, valuing their perspectives and lived experiences.
- Cultural Sensitivity: We recognize that culture plays a significant role in shaping individuals’ lives. Our counselors are committed to ongoing cultural competency training to ensure they can effectively support clients from various cultural backgrounds. Whether you come from different ethnic, racial, or national backgrounds, we are dedicated to providing culturally sensitive counseling tailored to your specific needs.
- Intersectional Approach: We understand that individuals exist within multiple intersecting identities. Our counselors are trained to recognize and address the ways in which these identities interact, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability. We are committed to providing an inclusive space where all aspects of your identity are respected and understood.
- Advocacy and Empowerment: We are dedicated to promoting social change and advocating for clients who face systemic barriers, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and cultural background. We strive to empower individuals to find their voices, challenge oppression, and create positive change in their lives and communities.
- Collaborative Partnerships: We actively seek to collaborate with community organizations and resources that share our commitment to social justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and cultural diversity. By forging partnerships, we can better support our clients and contribute to broader efforts aimed at fostering equality and justice for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or cultural background.
We are honored to accompany you on your journey toward mental well-being, while also striving for social justice. Together, we can work towards a more inclusive, equitable, and compassionate world.