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How To Heal From Spiritual Abuse

By Jessica Bullock | July 1, 2022

Maybe you remember the times when Sunday morning service, Wednesday night bible studies, or church gatherings were the social norm. According to Pew research, even though church attendance by people of color has drastically decreased, the fact still remains that over 50% of Americans identify as being religious or spiritual. Some people have decided to…

Therapists your mental health matters, too.

By Renetta Weaver | June 6, 2022

          About The Author Dr. Renetta D. Weaver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor. Dr Renetta founded “Regain No More” which provides pre and post Bariatric Education and Clinical support. She is a blogger for Clinicians of Color Connect with her at renetta@regainnomore.com.

HELPFUL WAYS TO INCREASE MENTAL HEALTH HEALTH AWARENESS

By Jessica Bullock | May 16, 2022

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month! According to the American Psychological Association, people are starting to harbor more positive views about Mental Health. One survey identified that 87% of individuals believed that mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. In the past 2 years, statistics regarding suicide, depression, and anxiety, (just to name…

Handling Stress

By Stephanie Barbee | May 2, 2022

When you think of stress, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it good stress like preparing for a presentation or is it bad stress like not being able to pay a bill this month? Stress can be both things. Stress is defined by stress.org as “a neutral word that refers to our…

SHOULD I GO TO THERAPY…WHY IS THERAPY IMPORTANT?

By Tasha Holland-Kornegay | April 27, 2022

We all know what it’s like to have a great conversation — the type of conversation you walk away from feeling lighter, more confident, and motivated. It adds a bit of clarity to your life, maybe even a bit of self-compassion. But those conversations can be pretty rare. After all, they require a very generous…

Working Through Grief & Loss: Missing the Carriage

By Irene Bernard | April 8, 2022

  2020 ushered us into a wave of unexpected, never-before-seen events that literally shook the confidence we once had in our government and replaced it with increased levels of anxiety as we began to experience multiple losses. Some losses we experienced were complicated by societal, cultural, and religious norms. Miscarriages are traumatic losses that fall…

Stress Relief

By Stephanie Barbee | March 19, 2022

Click here to view this helpful video on stress relief. http:/https://vimeo.com/690020127

Three tips to manage fear

By Stephanie Barbee | March 19, 2022

Click here to view the video on how to manage your fears. http:/https://vimeo.com/690015941

Traumatizing Images of BIPOC Going Viral: How To Cope With The Re-traumatization By: Jessica Bullock, LCMHC, (LPC) LCADC, CCS

By Jessica Bullock | March 1, 2022

This is infuriating and triggering. We are not in 1921 anymore, yet we are still facing the same issues.   Christian Cooper. Ijeoma Ukenta. X’Kye Husain.   These are just a few names of individuals whose attacks have caught national attention.  These viral videos have re-traumatized and caused increased fear and anxiety among African Americans…

Engaged? Now What? Reducing Stress While Planning your Wedding

By Laura Louis | February 16, 2022

The union of a man and a woman signifies a moment of pure bliss and happiness. Both of your families are there, your friends are complete, you have guests that add to your happiness and you have presents! We all love presents! Who wouldn’t? Your wedding is the very start of the future you will…

5 Things You Can Do to Optimize Your Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing

By Tasha Holland-Kornegay | February 2, 2022

Even before the pandemic hit, maintaining wellness during our busy and stressful lives wasn’t easy. Now that we’re getting into 2022, there’s a lot of pent-up pressure that we need to acknowledge and cope with. From financial uncertainty to isolation and health-related stressors, the pandemic has had an incalculable emotional toll on everyone. That’s why…

4 WAYS TO NAVIGATE EMOTIONAL EATING IN THE NEW YEAR

By Renetta Weaver | January 1, 2022

Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash Emotional eating is something we all do from time to time. I mean who hasn’t enjoyed or indulged in food when you were not physically hungry? Food and friends/family go together. Food is the great social connector and is often the centerpiece of a wonderful experience. However, food can…

Coping after a miscarriage.

By Lisa Savage | December 13, 2021

We all may know someone who has experienced a miscarriage. We’ve heard the news of the tragedy from at least one of friends who knew a friend that knew someone else. Better yet, we may even think, “S/he would be 4 years old today.” Every 4th of July, we remember ‘Today was my due date.’…

Setting Yourself Up for Career Success in the New Year

By Lisa Savage | December 13, 2021

The end of the year is a time to pause, reflect and set goals for the New Year. As we shift from one season to another, we often reflect on our goals and plans for the New Year. For many, that means new career resolutions. We have all made abstract resolutions in the past and…

Healing in Feeling

By LaQuanta Hobbs | December 13, 2021

I find myself discussing the concept of healing and what it truly means to get to a point where we truly accept past trauma’s or other difficulty situations that have occurred in our life. As a child of trauma, I understand the importance of healing and getting to a place of recovery in which you…

Black People and Therapy w/ Stephanie Barbee, LCSW

By Kim Knight | November 28, 2021

What Anxiety Feels Like? w/ Stephanie Barbee, LCSW

By Kim Knight | November 28, 2021

“STAY CONNECTED” The importance of Connecting Beyond Social Media

By Renetta Weaver | November 24, 2021

Yes, we all know it takes a village, but have we created it, or did we get comfortable relying on someone else to build it? For me, October 4, 2001, started out as a regular Monday until Social Media went down unexpectedly for about 6 hours. I don’t know about you but a lot of…

The Holidays Are Coming- Overcoming the Holiday Blues!

By Stephanie Barbee | November 21, 2021

Photo Courtesy of Canva The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming. For some people, that stirs up positive emotions. It makes a smile come across their face and they can feel the tickle of excitement running through their body as they start to imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays. For some…

Black, Queer, and Drowing in Shame

By Stephanie Barbee | November 7, 2021

Being Black and Queer in some parts of America today is a death sentence in a way that is different for people that are closer to White and Queer. This burden is especially heavy for Black Queer youth. Take Lil Nas X or Zaya Wade. Most of what you see, even in “positive portrayal” of…

“It’s Hard to Breathe With This Mask On: Struggling with Your Emotional ‘Weight’ ”

By Renetta Weaver | October 30, 2021

There is a pandemic, in the Bariatric community, and that is people are tired of carrying their emotional weight underneath the heavy mask of obesity. The expectation to be strong and pretend you’re happy, even in the most challenging circumstances, is uncomfortable and makes it hard to breath. The reality that this is a shared…

“Cinderella Rising”- 7 Life Lessons Through A Powerful Movie Review

By Renetta Weaver | October 30, 2021

I don’t really like musicals but because of social media pressure, you know how it is to scroll and notice those “everyone else is doing it posts,” I reluctantly decided to go ahead and watch it too. And let me just tell you, there are not enough positive adjectives to describe how much I truly…

Domestic Violence Awareness

By Asia Hall | October 12, 2021

In the midst of a pandemic, we can often forget that there are other silent epidemics present. One that has been continuous throughout time is Domestic Violence. I thought it would be a great idea to shine light onto a frequently quieted topic during the month of October as it is recognized as Domestic Violence…

Self-spotting for Success!

By Stephanie Barbee | October 9, 2021

I took my first brainspotting training in April 2021. I wasn’t sure what to expect and if I’m honest I was quite skeptical. Well, my mind was changed immediately! I was able to participate in demonstrations and practice with other practitioners. I even stepped outside of my comfort zone and volunteered to be a part…

The Recovered Professional In Observance of Recovery Month

By Renetta Weaver | September 26, 2021

Michael K. Williams was an actor who became well known and loved because of the characters he portrayed in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Love Craft Country. However, he became so much more than his characters when he was interviewed by Tamron Hall. Mr. Williams was invited to share his humanity as he and Mrs.…

Keep Swimming: Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams! A word of encouragement for the dreamer

By Lisa Savage | September 16, 2021

When a person swims, they use their whole body. This year I set a goal to learn how to swim. I was over 35 and didn’t know how to swim. My two oldest children knew more than I did. So here I was a walking stereotype not knowing how to swim because of fear! I…

How can I find a Black therapist near me?

By Lisa Savage | September 6, 2021

You’ve finally decided to seek therapy, and now you’re ready to find a therapist in your area. It’s hard to know where to start. Let’s discuss! First, what issues that trouble you? Anxiety? Depression? Trauma? Marital problems? It’s essential to find someone who specializes in your areas of concern. You want someone who gets you…

Ways To Identify Infidelity In Your Marriage

By Laura Louis | August 29, 2021

Infidelity is one of the most common problems in marriage. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, national surveys indicate that approximately 20% of marriages experience some level of infidelity. This poses a difficult situation. Once trust has been broken within the relationship, couples have to spend time rebalancing and rebuilding their…

What is the Relationship Between Imposter Syndrome and Depression?

By Elisha Lee | August 29, 2021

You’ve worked hard to be in your current position. Finally, you made it. But perhaps: You feel like a fraud. You feel like you are underserving of everything you have worked for. You may feel like you aren’t smart enough You may feel like you aren’t good enough You think success is difficult to achieve…

5 Questions to Help You Assess Your Imposter Syndrome

By Lisa Savage | August 18, 2021

As a licensed therapist specializing in career development, I spend countless hours working and engaging with professionals about their career development and goals – from changing careers to asking for a raise or becoming an entrepreneur. For professionals seeking to succeed in their careers, you may have feelings of self-doubt or question if they can…

3 Tips For Finding A Good Therapist

By Jessica Bullock | August 7, 2021

Everybody Wants To Be Relationship Goals

By Reketta Peterson | July 29, 2021

Ever wanted to spend time with BAE only to discover BAE wants to go hang with the homies for the third weekend in a row? You start to open your mouth in protest only to be shut down by your own inner thoughts, “She did pull an all nighter at work, BAE deserves” or “He…

Fat and Scared to Give Birth: How Weight Stigma Can Be More Dangerous Than Being Fat

By Reketta Peterson | July 14, 2021

Do you know that feeling of sitting on the exam table after just having your weight and blood pressure checked by the nurse? Have you gnawed on the inside of your jaw thinking about what your medical provider would say either verbally or through body language when they enter the room? As you sit on…

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

By Keischa Pruden | July 5, 2021

My name is Keischa Pruden. I am a therapist. I am dealing with depression and anxiety. The last 15 months have been…. interesting, to say the least. The world has seen its share of death, sadness, madness, disbelief, and now, a recovery. We are working our way to a new normal, a new way of…

Supporting Black Men’s Mental Health

By Natasha Crosby | June 28, 2021

Men have been considered strong and emotionless since the beginning of time. When a man is born, society builds in him certain beliefs and notions that he begins to unconsciously live by. So, we hear things like men don’t cry, men aren’t ‘weaklings’, men shouldn’t show vulnerability, all of these things have affected men in…

A Breakup Letter To My Anxiety

By JOANNE EDOUARD | June 28, 2021

Dear Anxiety, You showed up when I least expected. You started off as a whisper, but you continued as a loud bang. You would say things like, you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve good things, you’re flawed. I tried to brush you off. You would go away, but only for you to return even…

Anxiety, can feel like walking up a steep hill

By anjaila | June 28, 2021

Have you ever parked your vehicle on top of a hill? It feels great as you look down the hill and admire the view. Wow, things have never looked clearer and you may find yourself starting to feel sentimental. Ok, so now it’s time to walk down the hill. Gravity naturally pulls you down and…

Men’s Health & Pride (Part 2)

By Stephanie Barbee | June 22, 2021

    In the previous blog post (link here), we talked about some considerations for Black men and Black LGBTQIA+ individuals. We briefly looked at and considered some of the challenges these communities face. Now let’s dig deeper into how to do this.   Explore your biases/judgments/perspectives. Before engaging with the Black LGBTQIA+ community or…

Men’s Health & Pride (Part 1)

By Stephanie Barbee | June 14, 2021

June has several observances, including national best friend day and national selfie day. It is also the month that signifies the beginning of what so many people look forward to (depending on where you are in the country) SUMMER! For me, the most important observances are PRIDE and men’s health. In particular, these observances are…

3 Most Common Problems In Marriage By Dr. Laura Louis

By Laura Louis | June 5, 2021

There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship or marriage, for that matter. One way or another, married couples face rocky episodes at some point during their marriage. Below are three of the most typical marital issues that every couple face during their married life. 1. Struggling With Finances This wouldn’t pose a challenge if…

THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE WORTHY

By JOANNE EDOUARD | June 3, 2021

How do you know that you are worthy? What makes you feel worthy? Is it the attention or admiration that you get from others? The likes, the DMs, or people telling you you’re attractive. Or is it having a significant other that validates that someone finally wants to be with you. The elation that someone…

Worthiness

By JOANNE EDOUARD | June 3, 2021

Have you ever thought to yourself, damn I am enough, or am I worthy of these opportunities that are presenting themselves? Am I worthy to be in this relationship, or am I worthy to be with this person? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then you are certainly not alone. I have…

Is this anxiety that I’m feeling?

By Jessica Bullock | June 1, 2021

It is estimated that over 40 million people suffer with Anxiety Disorder, however only about 35% seek treatment. It is commonly diagnosed in conjunction with Depressive Disorders. Anxiety is a mental health disorder that impacts a large number of those suffering with Mental Illnesses. Most recently, with the state of racial tension in America, ‘Racial…

Mental Health Therapy Growing up African American

By Tara Patrick Taylor | May 28, 2021

Growing up black in an impoverished community in the 1980’s mental treatment was not discussed in a positive manner. I remember in grade school hearing kids bully other kids because of their mental status. Also overhearing adults speaking on receiving mental health treatment as being a weakness. However, I would like to enlighten everyone that…

Meet Anjail Ameen-Rice of Staten Island, NY who works with Individuals and Families Dealing with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Developmental Disabilities

By Kim Knight | May 27, 2021

 

Meet Ashley Bryant, LMHC in Port St. Lucie, FL who works with Families of Special Needs Children

By Kim Knight | May 27, 2021

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Meet Sabrina Johnson, LPC in Columbia, SC who works with women struggling with Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders

By Kim Knight | May 27, 2021

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New York and New Jersey based family therapist group.

By Christiana Awosan | May 24, 2021

Black Professionals and Self-Esteem

By Stephanie Barbee | May 12, 2021

With almost daily inundations of news of a Black person being mistreated or killed, the topic of self-esteem in Black professionals is a nuanced one. Within this post, I intend to speak from my own experience, fully acknowledging and owning that this is not reflective of every Black person’s experience.    The catalyst for making…

My experience with COVID-19

By Keischa Pruden | May 5, 2021

    Late last summer, my husband, Paul, and I contracted COVID 19. That experience hands down was the most scared I had been in my entire life. According to doctors, by the time Paul agreed to go to the ER for his labored breathing (which turned out to be fluid in his lungs), he…

“Race-Based Trauma and Social Injustice, Where Do We Go From Here?”

By Jessica Bullock | April 30, 2021

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King gave a speech, “Where Do We Go From Here”. It is sad to say that this speech is more relevant today than it should be. Hours after a verdict regarding the death of George Floyd, a young 16-year-old girl had her life taken outside of her home with 5…

Why Therapy?

By JOANNE EDOUARD | April 30, 2021

Why therapy? What is the purpose of therapy? Does therapy work? Those are some of the questions that I’ve been asked throughout my career, and honestly those are the same questions that I’ve asked myself prior to becoming a therapist. To be frank these are the same questions that I asked myself as a person…

California psychologist who specializes in relationship recovery

By Jasmine Reed | April 18, 2021

Click below to learn more about the services that Dr. Jasmine Reed offers in California for people who are healing from a broken relationship.  

Meet Dr. Natasha Goodman, LPC in GA, Who Works With Women Needing Help with Self Esteem, Relationships and Career

By Kim Knight | April 16, 2021

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Meet Keischa Pruden, LCMHCS in North Carolina, Who Works with Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

By Kim Knight | April 16, 2021

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Meet Tiarra Abu-Bakr, MA, NCC, LCPC in MD &VA Who Works with Women of Color Who Are Overwhelmed and Stressed

By Kim Knight | April 16, 2021

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Meet Kristen Caldwell, LPC, in Missouri Who Works With Clients Struggling with Depression, Anxiety and Stress

By Kim Knight | April 12, 2021

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Meet Andrieah Johnson, LMHC, LPC serving Florida and Georgia Working With Women Who Are Burnt Out Perfectionists and People Pleasers

By Kim Knight | April 12, 2021

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Meet Liz Hughes, LPC in Texas, Who Works With Women Struggling with Depression, Anxiety and Trauma

By Kim Knight | April 12, 2021

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Meet Cheryl Wilson, LCSW, Who Works with Teens, Young Adults Helping Them Navigate Life in Connecticut

By Kim Knight | April 12, 2021

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Meet Family Therapist, Katie Onitri-Hageman, EdS, LAMFT, LCADC in New Jersey, Helping Clients with Generational Trauma

By Kim Knight | April 12, 2021

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Meet a Georgia therapist offering hope to people with anxiety.

By Lisa Savage | April 12, 2021

Meet Dr. Jada Phillips–A New Jersey/New York licensed psychologist who focuses on treating anxiety and trauma.

By Jada Philips | April 12, 2021

Somatic experiencing therapy for anxiety, depression and PTSD in Georgia.

By Datong Liu | April 10, 2021

Westchester county therapist providing hypnotherapy to help your mind, body, and spirt.

By Lisa Savage | April 9, 2021

Lauren’s practice is open for in-person sessions in Mamaroneck, NY, and online for all residents of New York State. She is a spiritually intuitive practitioner who treats the whole of the mind, body, and Spirit through talk therapy, hypnosis, and Reiki. If you are struggling with identity, self-esteem, anxiety, or relationship issues, please give Lauren…

BEATING BURNOUT: ITS IMPACT ON WOMEN OF COLOR

By Natasha Crosby | April 7, 2021

Oh Burnout! This is the word that makes professionals around the United States cringe. Burnout, or work-related exhaustion is a result of performing high-stress tasks on a regular basis. Generally, the cost of such work demands means neglecting our physical and mental health. Although burnout can happen to anyone, women of color are sadly affected…

Meet Tiana Allen,MEd, CBT from Georgia Who Specializes in Behavioral Health Treating Anxiety and Trauma

By Kim Knight | April 5, 2021

Find out more about Tiana, here:https://www.cliniciansofcolor.org/clinicians/tiana-allen-the-wellness-sanctuary/

Meet Laurie Ford, MS, LCMHC in North Carolina, Who Helps Women Heal Their Inner Child

By Kim Knight | April 5, 2021

Black child therapist in Jamaica New York

By Cerene Prince | April 5, 2021

The Strong Black Woman: Juxtaposing Stereotype and Reality Written By: Chioma Nwanonyiri, Mental Health Blogger

By Jessica Bullock | March 31, 2021

    When we walk into a crowded room and observe the people around us, we make quick assessments of these people and place them into categories. Then, almost instantly, we associate a certain belief with that category of people which dives into how we initially behave towards them. This act of stereotyping is done…

Are you really ready to break up with food?

By Renetta Weaver | March 22, 2021

    I have to be honest and tell you that as an Emotional Eater, I knew I wanted to permanently lose weight, but I wasn’t ready to permanently change my relationship with food. When my surgeon told me about the Bariatric surgery options and gave me his expert Medical recommendation for which one would…

Meghan Markle, Racism and Mental Health: Her Bravery Is Real!

By Lisa Savage | March 9, 2021

A fairytale turned nightmare.       One thing is for sure. Meghan is brave. Hopefully, others will feel empowered to seek help after her interview with Oprah alongside her husband, Prince Harry.    This interview was nothing short of powerful and proves that no matter who you are, you are not exempt from struggling…

5 Nice Things to Do After a Fight

By Laura Louis | March 2, 2021

So, you had a big fight with your partner. A lot of unintentional words were said. Anger engulfed your rational thinking and your feelings were hurt. Now, there’s a rift between you two.   Arguments happen! Big ones and little ones. No one’s safe, but the good news is, it’s completely normal and healthy to…

The Bariatric Queen Project Presents the Bariatric Monologues 

By Renetta Weaver | February 24, 2021

by Dr. Renetta Weaver   New Year, New Me, New Body?   At the beginning of every year, we have probably made another resolution toward losing our weight and keeping it off. Especially this year, because COVID-19 weight was something that has caused many of us, emotional eaters, to regain half our weight back.  Although…

The Crazy Lady In The Red Hat: America’s Mascot

By Alisha Teague | February 16, 2021

  I saw a meme once that said “I think it’s cute we all think shit will be back to normal on January 1, 2021. I love that for us.”   Despite being highly aware of how devastating 2020 was, (well really the last four years but most certainly 2020), and knowing the pandemic is…

Play Therapy…The Importance of Learning A Child’s Language”

By Joan Hudson | February 11, 2021

  During my Master’s Degree Program at the University of North Texas (Denton), I was introduced to Play Therapy under the professorship of Dr. Garry Landreth, a leader in Child-Centered Play Therapy. At that juncture in my life, I knew I wanted to provide counseling to children, yet none of my classes had addressed the…

More Than Essential Oils: A Holistic Approach to Treating Anxiety & Depression

By Jasmine Price | February 8, 2021

    We have been in a pandemic for a year now and though there is a vaccine, there is no end date in sight. Initially, we planned to be in the house for two weeks. But, those two weeks quickly turned to months and we were forced to turn our homes into a work-space…

When a Peloton Ride Made Me Cry: Emotional Releases and Why They Are a Must

By Jacqueline Guevara | January 27, 2021

  Ok, I know what you’re thinking… I promise I’m not trying to get you to buy a Peloton nor is this a review of the bike. I just happen to be a Latina therapist who has one and gets most of my exercise from it. As a therapist, I encourage overall wellness, including physical…

LESSONS FOR A LIFETIME!

By Stephanie Barbee | January 25, 2021

  It’s 2021! If you are reading this, you are someone who made it. Congratulations!  Whether you entered 2021 with compromised health issues, uncomfortable and unfamiliar feelings or with a few (or more than a few) extra pounds…so what?! Having breath flowing through your body means that you still have time to move forward.   …

Let’s Talk About Trauma

By Mercy Tandoh | December 7, 2020

2020 has been an especially stressful and triggering one nationally, on top of other unique and personal life challenges. Which is why I found it important to revisit the topic of Trauma (what it means, its impact and symptoms, as well as ideas for coping), and share some reminders through the blog post. Hope you…

It’s A Process

By Irene Bernard | December 7, 2020

The word process intrigues me for some reason. By definition it means a series of actions or events taken in order to achieve a particular end. However, it is not a requirement that the actions involved or referred to be mechanical in nature. There are some processes that occur naturally so, for example, the growth…

The ABC’s of Helping Children Conquer Fear During Scary Times

By TheSidCenter | December 1, 2020

It is common for children to have fears. They may have fears that they will eventually outgrow such as being scared of the monster under the bed. The year of 2020 has given them fears that they will have to cope with alongside adults, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. And children of color have additional…

Addicted to Love

By Irene Bernard | December 1, 2020

by Irene Bernard, Dmin, LADACII, CAADC, EMDR, CPRS, QCS I’m not sure if Robert Palmer had this in mind when he performed the song, but Love Addiction is real. In my practice as an Addiction Specialist, I’ve had to help address a variety of addictions and behaviors. Research and experience confirm that addiction is a…

Black people have anxiety, too. Find a therapist who can help.

By Lisa Savage | December 1, 2020

    Black people don’t get anxiety. We’re used to dealing with stress that would easily take others out. How many times have you heard this, but the real question is, do you believe that Black people are immune to anxiety? Here’s a first person account of someone who has struggled with anxiety for a…

How to find a Black therapist near you

By Lisa Savage | November 23, 2020

  You finally decided that it’s time to do the work. You’ve been carrying the burden of your life’s experiences, and you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Perhaps you want to tackle your self-esteem issues or get a better understanding of why you continue to pick the same type of love interest.…

“I AM EXHAUSTED” – CONFESSIONS OF A SPECIAL NEEDS MOM

By Keischa Pruden | November 17, 2020

Since 1996, when my oldest son initially lost his ability to speak, I became a case manager of sorts: monitoring, linking, and ensuring that Aaron has what he needs to be happy and productive. When I became pregnant for the second time, I prayed for a “normal” child, one that would not experience so many…

Is it racist to create services directed to people of color?

By Lisa Savage | November 15, 2020

Why we created this directory I, along with a business partner, recently created an online mental health directory specifically targeting BIPOC. Mental and emotional concerns are increasing in this population, yet, Black and Brown therapists only compromise between four (4) and five (5) percent of mental health professionals. Historically, Black and Brown communities have endured…

The Feelings & Self-Care Connection

By Denise Williams | November 13, 2020

What’s the difference between emotions & feelings, and how do they impact our behavior?   NEWSFLASH: Feelings Aren’t Facts! Did you know that your feelings are like a warning system in your body, and that they are learned? They show up in our behavior and come from our belief system but be clear: feelings are not…

Therapy does not have to be a Mystery

By Alyssa Lazzeroni | November 13, 2020

Every so often themes pop up in a week, between clients, colleagues and loved ones. A theme that popped up multiple times in one week was that therapy is mysterious. There was also a sense that the therapist didn’t want to share how therapy was going to work for these clients.   Let me just say,…

Secrets to a Successful Marriage

By Laura Louis | November 12, 2020

Are beautiful wedding rings, gowns, receptions and such enough to deem your marriage a successful one? You have been a couple for how many years yet if ever you’ll take your relationship to the next stage, do you think it will actually be successful? What do you think are the ways to a successful marriage?…

Demystifying Hypnosis

By Gena Golden | November 8, 2020

Hypnosis can seem scary, primarily because of the bad press that it has received over the years. It stands to reason,  considering that most people’s initial exposure to hypnosis came from old black and white movies that depicted unsuspecting ‘victims’ put under another person’s ‘spell’ and then  ‘mesmerized’ by a swaying of pocketwatch. More recent…

My first experience with Play Therapy, has impacted my career 20 years later!

By Sabra Starnes | November 8, 2020

I can remember my first experience with play therapy, it was during my second-year placement at an inpatient treatment program for children in Towson MD.  My field supervisor and the other clinicians that I worked with were skilled and trained in play therapy, so fortunate to be able to learn new and different approaches to…

A Black Therapist in 2020

By Stephanie Barbee | November 8, 2020

It’s OCTOBER! It seems bizarre that for almost 7 months we’ve been at home….that’s like almost as long as I was pregnant! At home….with kids….and limited social outlets! It’s a wonder ANY of us are still sane. And then there are therapists. Wonderful helping healers, who dedicate time and energy to others, willingly. Even in…

The Death I Didn’t See Coming

By Alisha Teague | September 8, 2020

Trigger Warning: Suicide   May 22, 2020, changed my life forever.   “Morgan is dead.”     I felt my heart drop reading the message on my screen. I scanned my mind quickly for every Morgan the sender and I knew, and immediately was in denial.   I was driving to see my mother when…