I would, however, like to raise money for at least 100 Black people in Washington state, to have access to free mental health services. I am choosing to highlight my birth state so that individuals, couples, and families in Washington state can have access to these funds directly, without being waitlisted on a nationwide list.
These funds will cover (4-6 sessions) during this critical time of intense racial trauma. I am also looking to gather at least 40 black culturally responsive therapist that could take on 2 -3 clients.
There are a lack of Black Therapist in our state, so I am hoping I can get those of you who are in private practice to sign up and share. I understand that due to a lack of available therapist, we will except non-Black therapist who have completed Anti-racist work and feel culturally competent to work with black people without racially re-traumatizing them. Therapist will be paid out $125 per session for 4-6 sessions.
I am proposing that White allies and other allies DONATE MONEY to pay for the therapy for Black people. Other groups are encouraged to donate as well.
These funds will grant therapeutic services to those who are in need of mental health services during this critical time.
Therapy is expensive and insurance plans often offer low reimbursement rates for clinicians compiled with student loan debt and business costs. Capitalism and other oppressive systems can have profound impacts on our ability to cope and maintain healthy work/life balance, thus can even create and reinforce negative self-talk and messaging. This can contribute to depression, anxiety, and suicidality. Let’s alleviate this financial burden for our Black clients.
#WATherapyFund will alleviate the burden of cost and burden of discount to both Black clients and Blacktherapists.
I have made 2 forms: one for therapists who'd like to take on black clients; and one for the client. Forms for therapist to be an accepting provider can be found on www.AshleyMcGirt.com/watherapyfund.
On average 1 client having 4 sessions would cost $500 based on standard therapy rates. This would fund 100 women and men with free therapy and use more money for 100 more to receive subsidized cost therapy.
If you'd like to donate and sponsor someone please send whatever you can, it all adds up!
To support #WATherapyFund for Black Mental Health Access:
1. Donate to the Go Fund Me
2. Invite a Black Therapist in Washington to become a participating provider
3. Share this post using #WAtherapyfund .