A space for your whole self
Sankofa Psychological Services is a Chicago-based psychological service center that provides a therapy, psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and KetaTherapy. Part of fostering a productive therapeutic environment is allowing clients to feel safe, accepted, and respected.
Our name Sankofa is inspired by the Adinkra symbol San-Ko-Fa from Ghana. Before starting this practice, one of our founders completed dissertation work in Ghana and the spirit of Sankofa became an influence and inspiration for this practice.
All of our team members feel a personal and unique connection to our name. The Sankofa symbol has many meanings. The word literally translates from Twi to English as Back Go Fetch (San, Ko, Bra or Fa), meaning that in order to take a step forward, you must bring your past with you. In other words, meaningful progress must honor and reconcile our roots.
Another meaning of Sankofa is: It’s never too late to make amends. Throughout the history of our practice, the weight of this name in a practice founded by a pair of white psychologists has been heavy. As a team, we have examined our name many times over the years. This discussion only becomes more relevant as time goes by. Rather than change our name, we seek to continually improve our practices to revere the meaning of Sankofa and hold ourselves accountable to the responsibility of this name.
In individual therapy, our clinicians set the stage for treatment by maintaining awareness and openness around cultural, religious, spiritual, ethnic, or gender values. We encourage clients to bring up their reactions to the material in therapy, as these are likely to mirror issues they encounter in daily life. Our treatments are not about “curing” a disorder, but instead cultivating understanding of external forces of dysfunction and the ways our coping skills can be recalibrated to handle them more effectively.