Our Mission...For people of ENRICH to improve their mental health and wellbeing, without spending a small fortune and a lifetime doing so.
...To use psychoeducation and self-awareness to destigmatize mental health service for people of ENRICH - no matter where they are in the world.
We plan to meet the unique mental health needs of marginalized people / BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) . We know a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health doesn’t work, especially since BIPOC are less likely to seek treatment or get culturally appropriate care.
We commit to providing effective mental health and wellness services for BIPOC i.e. access (how quickly and easily you can get help and support), cultural responsiveness, flexibility, and specialty care.
Psychoeducation for people of Enrich…
In the US the majority of psychotherapists are white (82%). This, coupled with the high financial costs, means that People of ENRICH and BIPOC are generally less inclined to access mental health services because of the therapist’s perceived lack of understanding when it comes to ethnicity, nationality, race, identity, culture and heritage. This lack of access and exposure has led to fear (of the unknown), anxiety and self-sabotage of the therapeutic process.
An ENRICH minority’s lived experience can be misinterpreted by a white therapist and lead to dangerous misdiagnoses.
Self-awareness is key!
BEFORE psychotherapy ENRICH minorities are best served by Psychoeducation. This increases self-awareness and self-efficacy by providing ENRICH minorities with the tools to set goals for their treatment and overcome challenges as they progress through therapy.
When ENRICH minorities feel at their most vulnerable and have never been in psychotherapy, psychoeducation is a perfect starting point to gain knowledge and understanding.
This knowledge provides a sense of security and control to ENRICH minorities by providing a framework of understanding about mental health.
If you are an ENRICH minority and you gain more understanding about your condition, you are more willing to participate in setting goals and self-managing your behaviour, emotions, and thoughts based on the psychoeducation you received.
Psychoeducation has become such an important part of the therapeutic process that it is now considered an integral part of client treatment as the client learns to develop coping skills and strategies for mental health wellbeing.
Psychoeducation provides a number of benefits including:
Alleviates potential ambivalence and fear about psychotherapy
Provides coping tools to overcome obstacles
Aids in setting goals
Develops insight into experiences
Traditional psychotherapy is beset by an array of challenges including a resistance to change the somewhat antiquated model of treatment, clients’ perceived ineffectiveness, relatively high cost, the consistent time investment / commitment and the low availability (of suitably trained expert help). Hence ENRICH has developed services which are more inline with today’s reality. Services which are more cost-effective, time-efficient, concise, widely available and attainable than the traditional weekly talk-based approach.