Ra Ra Rollins
What are your identities?
Hello there! I am a cis Black man born and raised in the US. I'm sex-positive, polyamorous, queer, and same-sex-oriented. I utilize the word Queer to define my existence outside of heteronormative culture and the term same-sex-oriented instead of gay. I am married to my primary partner, a white-identified immigrant man. I'm passionate about social justice issues and utilize my identities and experiences to broach topics of race, gender, masculinity, and sex. More simply, I am Ra Ra, and I am constantly blossoming into a newer, more grounded version of myself.
What made you become a therapist?
I became a therapist because up until writing this, I've yet to find a person to assist me with the issues I encounter in life as a big Black queer man. These issues include; fear of the police and state-sanctioned violence against people of color, religious traumas, workplace discrimination, imposter syndrome, and discrimination in spaces of romance and sex (e.g., bars, apps, and kink spaces). I believe therapy is a healing relationship, and I’ve found it hard to heal with clinicians that I do not share intersectional identities with, specifically my Blackness and queerness. Representation is essential across all aspects of our life. I see a lack of diversity, and I represent another option. I offer a base understanding as a person who has been and continues to be oppressed.
What’s your therapeutic style?
Growing up in a Southern Black religious community, I've learned that storytelling is a part of my cultural heritage. Narrative therapy allows me access to your reality, including your values, skills, and resiliencies. My therapeutic style is mindful, empathic, and about you being centered, where I invite you to tell me your story--past and/or present. I believe there is liberation and healing in others hearing our stories. A central part of this is mustering the courage to share those aspects of our life that we hide away because of shame. Our work will make meaning from your life experiences to further promote the change you are looking for.
What are your areas of expertise?
I believe issues surrounding race, sex, and gender create disparities that can lead us to feel shame and anxiety about who we are. Thus, I’m passionate about exploring these challenges as they relate to your experience in hopes of furthering your well-being and achieving your future goals.
What populations do you specialize in?
I welcome and celebrate those with intersectional identities, including LGBTQ+, Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), sex workers, BDSM/kink folx, those in or seeking CNM & Poly relationships, and those working in the creative arts and design fields.
What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic alliance/relationship?
What are your fees per session?
$125 for individual therapy and $175 for relationship/family therapy. Limited sliding scale fee slots available.