Wednesday, March 7, 2012

... hate crimes and psycho-trauma counseling and therapy in the philippines ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila)

jahrll gonato of tv5's bilang tao dropped by to ask about hate crimes in the philippines.  

hate crimes are acts of violence motivated by prejudice against race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, and even political affiliation.  

hate crimes are manifested through physical assault causing injury or death, verbal abuse, harrasment and bullying, hate speeches, hate mail, and offensive graffitti.  the aim of hate crime perpetrators is to instill fear and vulnerability in the targeted communities.  

the victims of hate crimes who have come to me for counseling and psycho-trauma therapy often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, psychosomatic illnesses, and work and relationship problems.  

what can we do to help?  we need to increase our efforts in educating people about these matters.  we need to offer counseling, psycho-trauma therapy, and psychiatric treatment not only to victims but also their families.  we need to collaborate actively with advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies.  also, we need to support anti-discrimination laws.