DOI: 10.1177/00221678231221302 ISSN: 0022-1678

Black Feminist Theory as an Approach to Therapeutic Growth and Healing

Courtney D. Cabell
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Social Psychology

Black American women are uniquely positioned to experience systemic racism and oppression due to their intersecting identities of gender, race, sexuality, and class. Black feminist therapy (BFT) provides empirically proven strategies to promote the psychological health and well-being of Black women and foster their empowerment, liberation, and radical healing. Through an examination of the principles and concepts of feminist theory, Black feminist theory, and BFT, a model of growth and healing is presented. A case example is provided as evidence of the process and effectiveness of BFT in working with Black women.

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