COMMUNITY FIGURE, Yema Ferreira
- September 16, 2020
‘Community Figure’ is a campaign that aims to celebrate black creators, artist, entrepreneurs, authors, educators and influencers. We have so many amazing people doing great things in our community, but we just don’t hear about them. Each week, we will introduce you to a community figure and their work.
Meet your Community Figure, Yema Ferreira
Yema Ferreira is an Angolan writer and psychotherapist. While she is formally trained as a psychotherapist, she sees herself first as a healer whose life mission is to heal the collective trauma of black people in the world. She runs a private practice from Copenhagen, Denmark, where she is based seeing clients online internationally and face to face locally. In her practice, she helps black women redefine their identities, heal trauma and reconnect spiritually. Yema also runs healing workshops for black women based on the same principles of reclaiming identity, history, and divinity. Her early background in the women’s movement working as a counselor for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse grounded her understanding of trauma and belief in the healing possibilities for women, and by extension for all people, who have gone through horrific experiences. Her awareness of trauma comes from a childhood spent safely on the margins of a long-standing civil war in her home country, her commitment to healing trauma from an early inner knowing that this is her purpose.
Yema is currently working on her first book – Reclaiming the African Goddess, A Spiritual Guide for Women of African Descent.
- Which norms do you see yourself breaking or would you like to see yourself breaking?
I see myself breaking the norm in my profession, by having a psychotherapy practice that a) serves black women specifically; b) goes beyond the medical mainstream model of mental health to include the spiritual and c) is openly political with a decolonial and womanist perspectives. I would like to see myself breaking some of my own personal norms, to stretch myself beyond some of my own limitations that I have not yet conquered.
- What inspires you to be and do what you do today?
What inspires me to be and do what I do today is a desire to fulfil my potential and destiny and to make things a little bit better for the next generation.
- How do you see the reshaping of the black future?
I am very optimistic about the Black future. I think we are going through a time of reckoning, healing and reconnecting to ourselves. Of tearing down old structures that have kept us down and building new ones. It’s hard work but we are doing it. I see great things on the other side.
To connect with Yema and follow her work