Dear Healthy Minds Family,
I sincerely hope as you read this email, you are in good health. I recognize your hearts and minds may be filled with fear and worry. As the world continues to change around us, I still walk alongside of you. The events going on around all of us are heartbreaking and I want to share a few thoughts with you.
Like so many of you, I have been deeply saddened and angered by recent events in our country. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others reflect the deeply ingrained racial prejudice and injustice that still exists in our communities today.
I recognize it may be stirring up different emotions for everyone. The issue of race and the experiences of many people of color cannot be ignored. I owe it to our clinicians, our clients and our communities to be very clear in condemning these acts of violence. They represent a disregard for basic human rights that has no place in our communities or country, and certainly not at Healthy Minds Therapy. Healthy Minds Therapy was built on a foundation of relationships. I believe strongly in the human connection and in compassion. It’s the relationships we have fostered within our practice and within our community that has allowed us to do what we love most, walk alongside others during some of their darkest hours and see the change that happens as a result of the powerful therapeutic relationship.
I believe we are all made better by the diversity that exists within our communities. Our values are centered on the notion of creating a place where every client and clinician is welcome, respected, appreciated and able to be themselves.
As a mental health practice, I know we have the opportunity to makes things better. It begins not only by speaking out, but by listening. Listening to our clients, clinicians and community as they share what it’s like to be a person of color in our country today. It’s working to ensure our clinicians represent the diversity we seek. It’s providing each and every client the service and space they deserve to help in them their healing journey.
We are here to listen. We are here to talk. These conversations aren’t easy, but they’ve never been more important. We are having them amongst ourselves in our practice and invite the conversation to continue. I am grateful for the courage of our clinicians as they share their stories. I am so proud to stand with them. I welcome your feedback as we work to make meaningful change together. We are not going anywhere; healthier days are here.
Alycia Burant, Founder & Therapist