It’s time to return to the root
Colonization cuts off from our histories, our bodies, one another, and the land. Separates us from home.
Decolonizing Therapy is a love letter and a call to action for helpers, healers, and space holders struggling inside the mental health industrial complex. A violent, inhumane system that’s harming you and those you want to help.
It’s time to come back home.
To yourself. To your Ancestors. To the root.
"This book is for...The Root Workers. Those of you that tend to the deeply buried parts of human suffering, society, and the global consciousness…that truly embody space holding…The containers…The hope holders. The medicine makers. The soldiers of suffering."
—Dr. Jennifer Mullan
Decolonizing Therapy shines a bright and loving light on the core wound of colonialism so that real healing can begin
You are invited to
- Remember and reckon with your individual and collective past.
- Reclaim and restore ancient medicine.
- Reconnect with what’s lost and rebuild a new model of mental health.
- Repair harm and reimagine healing.
This work is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave of heart. The fiercely loving. Those who are unwilling to settle for anything less than healing and liberation for all.
Why this matters
Helpers, healers, and space holders–the world needs us more than ever. But the way we do the work has to change.
The Eurocentric lens that guides our practice fails to tell the whole story of why we are sick and how we get well. We can’t tend to what is invisible and unacknowledged.
Decolonizing Therapy shines a bright and loving light on the core wound of colonialism so that real healing can begin.
"Dr. Mullan's decolonizing approach to practice in the field of social work and mental health…is what many of us in this field have been yearning for and what needs to be central in this work."
—Carolyn Strudwick, MSW Social Worker for Social Justice & Educator; Associate Vice President Safe Horizon/Streetwork Project
ABOUT THE BOOK
Weaving history and real-world stories, Dr. Jenn takes the reader on a poignant, powerful–and at times painful–journey to the root of why today’s mental health delivery system is broken and failing us. Critical historical and political analysis is masterfully mingled with a call for deep, ancestral, emotional work.
Decolonizing Therapy is for all practitioners who are willing to take an honest look inward. To find the places that colonization has permeated their minds and bodies. And firmly pull them out at the root.
This book is not just about what is broken. It is a hopeful invitation to co-create a new emotional health paradigm. To build something new while remembering, reclaiming, and restoring what was.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- The violent and oppressive history of the mental health industrial complex
- The impact of colonialism on the way we approach therapy and mental health care
- The way indigenous practices have been systematically stolen and stripped of their cultural and spiritual significance and how they can be reclaimed and restored
- How therapy, healing, and mental health are political–who is left behind or excluded by the current system and how they can be welcomed back
- How traditional and non-traditional helpers, healers, and space holders can begin to do the work differently starting now
“Decolonizing Therapy is an invitation for the “helpers” to be helped and held… to be creative and cast big imaginative possibilities for a return to our practices while in the modern world—again and again. This book invites all readers IN; into your own rabbit hole of healing. Into your own ancestral lineage. Into your own migration stories.”
—Dr. Jennifer Mullan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Mullan, Psy.D is a dynamic international speaker, professor, healer-spiritualist, scholar-activist and widely known as the “Rage Doctor.”
Trained as a clinical psychologist; Dr. Jennifer Mullan birthed Decolonizing Therapy - a psychological evolution that weaves together political, ancestral, therapeutic and global well-being.
Dr. Mullan is a major disruptor in the mental health industrial complex. Her work is an urgent call to dive to the root of global and generational trauma to unlock the wisdom of our sacred rage.
Decolonizing Therapy catalyzes a growing movement of practitioners who are unlearning colonial methods of psychology. They are co-creating a new liberatory model of mental health.
Dr. Jennifer Mullan received ESSENCE Magazine’s 2020 Essential Hero Award in Mental Health, and was featured on The Today Show, Vox, Cosmopolitan, Allure, GQ, and the Calgary Journal, among many others. She currently lives in Northern NJ on land that was stewarded by the Leni Lenape people.
“Our journey is about returning the medicine back into the practice. To re-remember, and co-create. Together.”
—Dr. Jennifer Mullan