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Sawubona is the most common greeting in the Zulu tribe . It literally translates to “I see you, you are important to me and I value you”. It’s a way to make the other person visible and to accept them as they are with their virtues, nuances, and flaws. In response to this greeting, people usually say with “Shiboka”, which means “I exist for you”.

At Sankofa Mental Health, our mission is to see you and meet you right where you are. We aim to provide excellent customer service and treat you as a resource and to exist with you. We also aim to help you own your life experiences and be empowered by them- not defined by them.

We value you and your experiences.

We see you.

Mission of Sankofa Mental Health: Text


Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

The word is derived from the words:

SAN  (return),

KO  (go),

FA (to fetch, to seek and take).

The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.

Most of life struggles did not happen over night. Sometimes we made choices that put us right where we are. Sometimes others made choices for us and as a result, we are walking in those consequences. Healing is right around the corner! The journey to heal and being deliberate and intentional about its process can be long and uncomfortable- leaving one feeling exposed and vulnerable. But with help and guidance, you will not be dismayed. The journey is yours! Do not be defined by your past! Take today's gift and be present and in the moment. SANFOKA

Mission of Sankofa Mental Health: About Therapy
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