Black Minds Matter!
Motivated by the current heightened awareness and dialogue about racial justice in America, we at Pondworks Psychiatry & Psychotherapy would like to formally say what we wish we didn’t need to say:
We Support and Welcome Black People
The American Psychiatric Association reports;
“Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population… disparities exist concerning mental health care services.”
There can be many factors that discourage all minority groups from seeking professional mental health care. Some of these reasons include being uninsured or underinsured or experiencing more significant stigma in their communities. There are also factors like a lack of diversity and cultural competency among mental health providers and distrusting the health care system in general. And that is just some of the reasons for the suffering and other inadequate support.
Risk Factors Experienced By Many Individuals Who Are Racial Minorities
In recent years–especially as a result of legislation like the Affordable Care Act, we have had the opportunity to meet and treat a higher percentage of patients who are Black here in Austin, Texas.
Full disclosure: We do not currently have any Black clinical providers on our staff.
Nonetheless, our goal is to offer high-quality care to everyone, here in our community in Austin, and to the whole state of Texas. Especially those from historically marginalized populations who may be reaching out for the first time. We work to be sensitive to the effects of early adverse childhood events and the heightened stress, trauma, and physical risk factors racial minorities experience. We are willing to work with you to come up with a treatment plan that meets your goals.
Our medically trained providers combine medication management and psychotherapy. We see some patients for both and also work in partnership with therapists in the community. We are contracted with several commercial insurance companies, although we do not currently work with Medicare or Medicaid.
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