Black Lives Education and Community Resources

We at Estes Therapy strive to create a safe space for our clients. A place for everyone and anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, or national origin. While we have worked to create a diverse team – LGBTA+, Hispanic, Asian, American born and born abroad, men and women – we recognize that not everyone is represented. It can be disheartening when you don’t see something you identify with represented, especially when you are going to be diving into vulnerability as you do in therapy. Racism is a systematic problem in our country. While it will take more than our small private practice to change the entire country, we can do our part by taking a look at our practice, educating ourselves, and making changes.

We are working towards being better equipped to navigate these challenges and better able to support our black clients. We have put together a list of resources in the San Diego community that can best help with your needs. We will continue to add to this list as we learn about new resources and education opportunities. When facing anxiety and/or depression, if you don’t feel you have support it can be easy to turn to isolation, substances, overworking, impulsive spending, promiscuity, or other risky or harmful behaviors. With so much going on in the world and our society, it is more important than ever to be taking care of our mental health. 

The intention of this page is to not only provide resources in the San Diego area for people of color, but to also provide learning resources for all those who want to educate themselves more on what it means to be black in America.

Community Resources: 

Anti-Racism Education 

Online:

Autumn Gupta, with Bryanna Wallace’s oversight, put together a 30 day guideline on how to educate yourself and be a better ally in just 10, 25, or 45 minutes a day. 

I only have a few minutes:

Books:

Films & Series:

  • Just Mercy (click here to watch FREE for the month of June; after June it’ll be available to rent on multiple platforms for $5.99) – Based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy is one resource offered to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. Stevenson defends a wrongly condemned Walter McMillian, encountering racism as well as legal and political maneuverings.
    13th (currently on Netflix) – Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
  • LA 92 (currently on Netflix) – This documentary examines the tumultuous period following the verdict in the Rodney King trial in 1992. The acquittal of four police officers for beating a black motorist saw several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles.
  • When They See Us (currently on Netflix) – This 4 part limited series follows five young people who were charged with an assault and rape they did not commit. The Central Park Five spent years fighting convictions despite their innocence. 
  • The Innocence Files (currently on Netflix) – This 9 episode limited series unravels the missteps and deceit of wrongful convictions, exposing injustice inflicted on victims and the accused. 

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We stand with our black friends, family, community, and those throughout our country. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost a loved one. To the friends and families of Eric Garner, Elijah McClain, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley, India Kager, Alton Sterling, David McAtee, Eric Reason, Anthony Hill, Jamel Floyd,  Rayshard Brooks, Chris Beaty, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell, Peter Gaines, Antwon Rose II, and so many more. This list is too long and it is only a fraction. The list is too long.

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I earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family psychotherapy in 2004 and I am currently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist MFT (LMFT#47653) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

I focus my practice upon the empirically-based and proven research methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

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