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A letter to the reflect community from our CEO

Dear reflect community,

This is a painful time for our country, and I am heartbroken. Recents injustices involving African Americans — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and countless others — highlight the unacceptable reality members of our community face on a daily basis.

As a Vietnamese American child of refugees, I experienced racism growing up. Even so, I can’t even begin to comprehend what it’s like to be black in America. Systemic racism, violence, and explicit and implicit biases have caused discrimination and trauma across generations. That continues today.

At reflect, we believe everyone should feel safe. 40% of our providers are therapists of color because representation matters, especially in mental health.

We stand with all members of our community to demand change. This is not a burden one group should shoulder alone. It’s a problem all of us must work together to solve, and each of us has the power to make a difference.

To the people of color who are hurting in our community, I want you to know that you are seen. You matter. And your lives matter.

For anyone who may be having a tough time, please know we are here. Whether you’ve been personally impacted or are someone trying to understand their own privilege and how to help, we invite you to talk with your therapist. There are no easy answers, but moving forward begins with self-reflection. I’ve had tough conversations with my therapist, and those sessions have helped me understand my own experiences and start to build bridges.

In mental health, we believe in the human ability to heal and grow. While my heart is full of sorrow, I am hopeful that change is coming. I look forward to the day when equality is no longer just a dream, but a reality for everyone. Until then, we have more work to do. And we’ll do it together.

With hope,

Jonathan TranPham

Founder/CEO, reflect


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