Serving marginalized youth and adults who are trauma-impacted
Sankofa Healing Studio specializes in social justice-informed therapy, serving marginalized youth and adults who are trauma-impacted and justice-involved. Sankofa believes that holistic treatment approaches are needed to disrupt the development of re-traumatization, interrupt the cycle of intergenerational trauma, and heal the wounds of trauma that were experienced before incarceration.
Sankofa Healing Studio recognizes incarceration as a traumatic experience. The system of mass incarceration operates through structures of gendered and racial discrimination which disproportionately affect the Black Community. Sankofa is breaking the physical and emotional chains of trauma. We believe that holistic treatment approaches are needed to disrupt the development of re-traumatization, interrupt the cycle of inter-generational trauma, and heal the wounds of trauma that was experienced before incarceration.
We support transformative justice. Transformative justice addresses not only the specific conflict between the person who was harmed and the person who caused the harm but also the plethora of social issues that are both causal and interconnected with that conflict. Mass incarceration, a form of structural racism, exposes Black Women to distinct stressors that ultimately undermine their health, the health of their children, and rips at the fabric of the Black Family unit.
Community violence and the disproportionate rates of victimization in Black communities is a product of structural racism. Racial trauma is pervasive and insidious. Studies have shown that racial trauma in the Black community is directly connected to shorter lifespans, higher rates of poverty, limited access to quality education, health disparities, increased maternal mortality, mental health challenges, and an overall decreased sense of hope. This traumatic stress is often magnified by the lack of space to name, express, and heal from it. Sankofa Healing Studio recognizes the healing power of deep community using. Our Healing Circles are grounded in principles of wellness for the Black Community and are designed to address the immediate emotional and somatic needs caused by historical trauma, race-related stress, racial fatigue, alienation, and isolation. Healing Circles are traditional spaces that speak to the relationship of the whole person to the community and to the world.
Reclaiming our past provides us with valuable knowledge to protect our future while understanding and shifting our present condition.