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Taking Charge of Your Mental Wellness Journey Today: 5 Steps to Finding an Ideal Black Therapist Match Written By Dr. LaToya Cheathon, LMFT Picture by Unsplash

By zoria | June 4, 2024

In today’s fast-paced world, mental wellness is becoming increasingly recognized as a critical aspect of overall health. For individuals from minority communities, seeking therapy can be a powerful step towards self-care and healing. Finding a therapist who understands and respects your unique experiences as a Black individual is crucial for effective therapy. Here are five…

Embracing Alternative Health and Wellness Practices in Social Work By Gena Golden, LCSW Picture By Unsplash

By zoria | May 20, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of social work, the quest to find innovative ways to support and uplift clients is ongoing. Traditional methods undoubtedly have their place, but as the world progresses, so must our holistic well-being approach. It’s time for social workers to think outside the box and consider alternative health and wellness fields, including…

How To Know When To Let Go Of A Relationship By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW Picture By Canva

By zoria | April 22, 2024

Sometimes we hold onto people because they feel comfortable and familiar. Often in those times, we fail to recognize the things that are no longer true within those relational dynamics. Whether you all have been friends since elementary school, you consider them fictive kin because of deeply rooted familial and generational ties, or simply because…

Black Mental Health: Understanding and Confronting Microagressions in the Workplace By Dr. Shaniqua Lesesne, LISW-CP Picture By Upsplash

By zoria | April 9, 2024

We all, at some point in our professional careers, have encountered acts of microaggression directed toward us. In these moments we must make the decision of, "Do I confront this and address it head on?", or "Do I keep silent as to not appear as the aggressive party?" For some people this decision is a…

Honoring Mother Africa: Returning Home By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW Picture By Canva

By zoria | March 20, 2024

I want to share my most recent experiences. I recently returned from Morocco on the beautiful continent of Africa. Although, not intentionally considering the time frame, I do not think that it was by accident that I was able to make this trek during the month of February. This was my first time, but it…

Who TF Did She Marry? ReesaTeesa and Legion: 7 Reasons Why We Miss Red Flags In Relationships By: Hope Venetta, LCMHCA, NCC

By zoria | March 7, 2024

In the rhythm of our relationships, we often encounter what we call “red flags” – those signs that something might not be quite right. Yet, despite our instincts or the advice of those close to us, many of us find ourselves brushing these signals aside, sometimes to our own detriment. But why does this happen?…

TRAUMA DUMPING 3 Effective Ways to Support Your Friend and Access Resources By Reynelda Jones, LCSW-C

By zoria | February 23, 2024

I work with many resilient women who sometimes find themselves in the role of the trusted “counselor” within their friend group. These women are compassionate and empathetic, always ready to lend an ear and offer support to their friends in times of need. However, after talking with several individuals, it has become apparent that a…

Mental Health Providers: Who Are They and What Do They Do? Written By Amber Creamer, LPCC Picture By Canva

By zoria | February 15, 2024

There are several different types of providers that fall under the umbrella of “mental health provider,” but they differ by focus and specialty. Nonetheless, it can be difficult to understand what these providers do and how they help people. Being able to understand the scope of practice of the different types of providers can help…

Self-Love for Survival By Stephanie Barbee, LCSW Picture By Canva

By zoria | February 8, 2024

As a mental health practitioner, I witness and hold space for many diverse types of experiences. On good days, I hold space for people who are doing the best they can with what they have. On the good days, I celebrate attempts, achievements, and sometimes even failures (because we can’t succeed if we never try).…

[Self]-Love and Valentine’s Day By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW

By zoria | January 29, 2024

As we approach what seems to be a superficial holiday, it can become very apparent to some that this time marked by the media plastering images of love and tangible tokens of appreciation, can also be met with triggered thoughts and anxiety. According to the all too convenient Google, “Valentine’s Day is a festival to…

Navigating Mental Health: Essential Directories for Finding Black Therapists Written By Reynelda Jones, LCSW Picture By Canva

By zoria | January 25, 2024

One of the challenges I frequently hear from many of my clients, particularly those who identify as African American, is the difficulty in finding a therapist who truly represents their culture. Representation encompasses a wide range of aspects including spirituality, nationality, beliefs, and more. As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s crucial to ensure that…

Going Back to Get It The Art Of Mindfulness By Stephanie Barbee, MSW, LCSW

By zoria | January 18, 2024

When I think about my Grandmother, I think about the small town she lived in. I think about how much of my family still lives in this town of fewer than 200 people. I think about how limiting that must have been for her and how my mother’s low chance of survival at birth resulted…

Is “Mom Guilt” A Thing For You? By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW

By zoria | January 18, 2024

There’s nothing like the mom guilt you may experience and if the universe is being extra generous, the guilt you bestow on yourself compared to how others make you feel guilty, can darn near take you out. You will have these very raw and authentic thoughts and emotions. Unfiltered and seemingly presenting themselves at the…

Anxiety Reduction Tips For Entrepreneurs Don’t Let Your Dream Turn Into A Nightmare By Jessica Bullock, MA, LPC, LCADC, CCS

By zoria | January 3, 2024

In today’s high-paced, give-it-to-me-now, deadline-oriented society, business owners must take proactive steps to maintain their mental health. A recent study conducted by Zip-do business consultants found that 64% of entrepreneurs report being more stressed out now than two years ago. Burnout, overwhelm, and working in and on the business every week leads to isolation, depression,…

2024..Not A Resolution But A Lifestyle Change By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW

By zoria | December 27, 2023

We’ve heard it all before. Year after year as we stand on the precipice of a new year, people come out the woodworks with new things they aspire to accomplish. Generally, New Year resolutions set the tone for a miraculous mindset shift once the clock goes from 11:59 pm one year to midnight into the…

Preparing Your Emotional Toolbox for Holiday Gatherings By Hope Venetta, LCMHCA, NCC

By zoria | December 18, 2023

As we gear up for holiday festivities, let’s talk about family gatherings, triggers, and the art of emotional preparedness. Grab a cup of tea or your favorite comfort drink, and let’s chat. The holidays are just around the corner, and while we’re dreaming about mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, it’s essential to gear up emotionally…

Grief Therapy Near you in Georgia

By Lisa Savage | December 13, 2023

Latanya Farrar is a compassionate and dedicated licensed clinical social worker specializing in grief and loss as well as trauma. With her extensive knowledge and expertise, she offers a holistic approach to healing that encompasses the body, spirit, and soul. Latanya creates a safe and nurturing space where individuals can freely explore their feelings, experiences,…

Who Has Access To You? Analyzing The Impact That Others Have On Our Moods and Our Affect By Chelsea Glover-Jordan

By zoria | November 30, 2023

My sister hosted Thanksgiving this year. It was great to not have to host, ask everyone every 20 minutes “you good”, and most of all, I didn’t have to clean up a thing. The night was a good one but on the surface, it didn’t spark any cause for pause or any in-depth introspective moments.…

Beating the “Cuffing Season” Blues By Hope Venetta, LCMHCA, NCC

By zoria | November 15, 2023

With shorter days and lower temperatures outside, you know it’s that time of year again – cuffing season. Now, for those who may be wondering what cuffing season is all about, let me break it down for you. It’s that magical period when folks start looking for someone special to cozy up with during the…

Letting Go Of Generational Trauma In The Black Community By Chelsea Glover- Jordan, LCSW-C

By zoria | November 9, 2023

Imagine going through life holding the weight of all the hurt you experienced throughout your years. Imagine not being able to enjoy the life the universe has blessed you with because you can’t seem to get over something that at this point, is well outside of your control. Imagine being upset more often than not,…

I Called The Suicide Hotline… And This Is What Happened. Can We Destigmatize Dialing 988 in Communities of Color? By Jessica Bullock, LCMHC-QS, LCADC

By zoria | November 3, 2023

I am a therapist who has never called the Crisis Hotline.   What made me decide to call today? …My client’s fear.   The fact remains that black people still mistrust government mental health support and systems. When 988 went live, there were growing concerns about whether or not it would be accepted in African-American…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PARTNER OF A NEW MOM WHO MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION By Chelsea Glover- Jordan, LCSW-C

By zoria | October 11, 2023

Dear Partner of a New Mother: It’s no secret that becoming a parent can be hard. It can encompass an entire ball of emotions ranging on a wide spectrum of feelings. Understanding that more than one thing can be true at the same time, becoming a parent may entail feeling excited but also feeling discouraged,…

WHY REPRESENTATION MATTERS IN THERAPY By Stephanie Barbee

By zoria | October 2, 2023

Picture by Unsplash For the last three and a half years since the pandemic, I have gotten to see something that forever changed me as a therapist. I saw other Black therapists who were doing it their way. It should come as no surprise that understanding what it means to be a Black therapist can…

The Impact of Financial Insecurity on African-American Mental Health By: Jessica Bullock, LCMHC

By zoria | September 26, 2023

Who suffers the most during a recession?   People of Color.   The historic racial disparity of wealth is rearing its ugly head in 2023. According to Reuter’s job report, the unemployment rate has hit a record low among people of color. The leading group in this number is women of color at a record…

Black People Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder: Why It’s Important For Black People To Understand That Seasonal Depression Is A Real Thing Written By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW

By zoria | September 18, 2023

  For many, entering into the fall season symbolizes oversized sweatshirts, cute boots, football, cuddles by the fire with that special someone, and the assurance that family-oriented holidays are right around the corner. For others however, transitioning from summer, a season that is the epitome of outdoor cookouts, long days by the pool, and the…

Are you an overachiever that’s stressed out and in need of therapy? Check out this Black therapist in New York!

By Kim Knight | September 10, 2023

Ever Growth Counseling provides virtual mental health services across the states of NY and NJ. Victoria James, LCSW is the founder of EGC and a licensed Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in the mental health and social services field. She provides support to over achieving young adults, millennials and entrepreneurs struggling with mental…

Passion Project Health and Wellness Helps Individuals with Healing and Self-Discovery

By Kim Knight | September 9, 2023

Healing and self-discovery can lead to improved mental well-being by helping individuals address unresolved emotional issues, reduce stress, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. At Passion Project Health and Wellness all are welcome regardless of your religion, gender, preferred pronouns, race, socioeconomic status or any other characteristics that make you unique. We approach healing…

Are you feeling emotionally exhausted? Come find ease and alignment with an EMDR trained therapist

By Derrick Saunders | September 9, 2023

Are you emotionally constipated, trapped in your mask, noticing increased anxiety regarding the overflowing demands of life? Are your past wounds impacting your  present relationships? If so, I am here to align with you, become your ally, explore your journey through your lens in a safe, non- judgmental, relaxed and supportive environment. While being culturally…

Address various issues in your relationship with Dr. Fatima La’Juan Muse

By Derrick Saunders | September 9, 2023

Couples counseling, also known as couples therapy or marriage counseling, is a therapeutic approach designed to help couples address and resolve various challenges and issues within their relationship, such as communication, conflict resolution and infidelity.  Having a therapist who provides a structured and supportive environment for couples to work through their challenges, improve their relationship…

Breaking the Stigma: Embracing Mental Health Support By: Hope Venetta, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

By zoria | September 6, 2023

Hey there, beautiful souls! I want to talk about something close to my heart – the journey to mental well-being, especially for our Black brothers and sisters who might feel a bit uneasy about seeking therapy. We’re diving into this together because it’s crucial to recognize that seeking help is a sign of strength, not…

Why There Needs To Be A Universal Call For The De-stigmatization of Black People Going To Therapy Written By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW

By zoria | August 30, 2023

Written By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW Picture by Canv What makes it difficult for you to commit to a therapeutic relationship with a trained clinician? For some, it may be because they think they don’t have the time. For others, it may be because they’ve had a therapist and either it was a bad experience,…

What To Do When Family Fails Us: Lessons From The Movie They Cloned Tyrone

By zoria | August 15, 2023

                                    Written  By Hope Venetta, LCMHCA, NCC Photo credit from Canva Can we talk about the recent Netflix movie They Cloned Tyrone? As a psychotherapist with a passion for exploring the Black experience and promoting mental health in…

We Are Not Superheroes: An insight into what therapists may struggle with but can’t explicitly share with clients.

By Lisa Savage | August 9, 2023

Written By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW   Picture by Canva Therapists often have altruistic personalities which help them be the most effective in the profession. Some things they are simply born with, they’re inherent. Taking into consideration the possible overlooked “consequences” of being a mental health professional, I cannot stress enough the importance of understanding…

The Spiral of Growth: Recognizing Progress in Your Therapy Journey

By Lisa Savage | August 2, 2023

By Hope Venetta, LCMHCA, NCC Photo credit (yellow shirt) from Canva When do you know that therapy is working? How do we know if it has been worth it? As a psychotherapist, I understand the journey of self-awareness and personal development can be challenging, and let’s face it, expensive. We are set up by a…

Journeying into my black mental health with my black therapist:

By Lisa Savage | July 31, 2023

The importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance with someone who looks like me! Written By Chelsea Glover-Jordan, LCSW-C, LICSW I’ve never done a study on it but I’m sure if I did and based on life experiences (I’m a black woman) and relational input from others, I would imagine that the number one thing people…

“Your patters transform into healing, at Kaleidoscope Cares, located in Raleigh, NC

By Monique Parr | July 28, 2023

Do you have anxiety, fear, trauma, or suffering from inadequancy or self-doubt? Are you struggling in relationships with family, friends, or love ones? Are you seeking, questioning or having difficulty accepting your sexuality? Are you dealing with medical or physical issues? Kaleidoscope Cares is here for you and invites all people no matter color, shape or size. We…

Are you searching for therapy in either New York or New Jersey?

By Derrick Saunders | July 27, 2023

Ever Growth Counseling provides virtual mental health services across the states of NY and NJ. Victoria James, LCSW is the founder of EGC and a licensed Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in the mental health and social services field. She provides support to over achieving young adults, millennials and entrepreneurs struggling with mental…

Prioritizing mental wealth at Sage Wellness. LLC

By Derrick Saunders | July 25, 2023

“I have a passion for communities and the family system. I love to work with intergenerational issues; ranging from postpartum concerns, attachment ruptures, and inner child work for individuals with relational trauma. I also seek to engage in communal and community trauma for marginalized people groups; holding space for those who may not have access…

You are exactly where you are supposed to be

By Derrick Saunders | July 25, 2023

Seeking therapy is a difficult decision to make but know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. I will walk with you through this journey of discovery and together we will explore your desires and work to build a healthy foundation that will empower you to make positive changes in your life.…

Find recovery in your relationship with Dr. Dwight A. Hughes, LMFT

By Derrick Saunders | July 25, 2023

As a trained Emotionally Focused Couples’ therapist, I specialize in infidelity recovery and marital/premarital concerns. In the first few sessions, we’ll explore what brought you to therapy and decide the best course of treatment which will include a series of individual and couple sessions. Working with me, you can maximize your relational potential in a…

Living While Grieving: Tips to Manage Your Expectations By: Tanya Lloyd, LCPC, CCTP, ACS

By Lisa Savage | July 22, 2023

One of life’s challenging situations is living while grieving. Specifically, having to participate in daily life (including celebrations and holidays) while grieving (experiencing a range of emotions and/or somatic issues after bereavement or loss).   While we can imagine a sweet/salty combo (trail mix anyone?) It’s often difficult to visualize how one can attend to…

Meet Keisha Hawthorne-Jones, LCSW- a therapist serving the DMV area.

By Derrick Saunders | July 21, 2023

Keisha specializes in treating grief/loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, work-life balance, and relationship difficulties. You don’t have to navigate life alone. Allow my experience and skills support your therapeutic journey.My treatment style is warm, compassionate and nurturing, but direct. You will be empowered to use your personal strengths, faith and values to navigate a path…

Lets connect for a better you!

By Tyjvanna Payne | July 15, 2023

I work well with individual adults that are wanting assistance with “adulting.” My clientele is diverse usually because I meet people where they are, to help them in where they are going. I am 100% virtual, licensed in Michigan and Texas with Washington State loading. I enjoy helping people who seek it and seek to…

Acceptance and Commitment therapy in Maryland and California – Meet Dr. Jennifer Shepard Payne

By Lisa Savage | July 13, 2023

You should know that I value authenticity and being honest with myself; I attempt to live an authentic life and my goal is to help those who work with me authentically and self-compassionately face their lives so that they can progress from being stuck to doing things that truly matter to them. I have culturally…

Mental health services in Michigan

By Lisa Savage | July 13, 2023

Peace & Harmony Counseling Services, LLC provides Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse counseling services. We pride ourselves on our ability to move our clients past their pain through client centered therapy. Our therapist provide a wide range of counseling services to meet the needs of our diverse clientele. We provide counseling services to address…

Why You Should Consider Seeking Out a Black Therapist Today

By Lisa Savage | July 12, 2023

Introduction In recent years, the significance of mental health and seeking therapy has gained increased awareness. However, finding a therapist who understands their unique experiences can be challenging for individuals from marginalized communities. In this article, we will delve into the importance of having a Black therapist and provide valuable insights on how to find…

Breaking Barriers: Setting the Record Straight about COVID-19, Grief and Mental Health– Jasmine Cobb, LCSW

By Lisa Savage | July 11, 2023

This year’s theme for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Work Month is “Social Work Breaks Barriers”, which is exemplified by NASW’s Connect to End COVID-19 initiative. This effort, undertaken in partnership with the University of Texas/Austin with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is aimed at equipping social…

Mindset Coaching Changes Realities By Dr. Shaniqua Lesesne, LISW-CP

By Lisa Savage | July 11, 2023

The first step to living the life you want is to accept that change is possible. Once you realize that your thoughts and beliefs are not set in stone, you can begin to work on them. The process of changing your mindset is a journey—it’s not something that happens overnight. But with practice and the…

Impostor Syndrome Unmasking Self-Doubt and Embracing Success

By Lisa Savage | July 4, 2023

By Amethyst Roberson, LPC Picture By Canva In our increasingly competitive world, it’s common for even the most competent individuals to doubt their abilities, a phenomenon known as impostor syndrome. Unfortunately, this syndrome isn’t rare; it affects an estimated 70% of people at some point. Moreover, it doesn’t discriminate, affecting individuals of all ages, genders,…

Seeking a virtual therapist in Virginia? Click to learn more.

By Lisa Savage | June 30, 2023

Discover a path towards personal growth and well-being with Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor. With a compassionate and client-centered approach, Brittney provides a safe space for individuals seeking support and guidance. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or navigating life’s challenges, Brittney offers a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques tailored to your unique needs. Take…

Meet this highly skilled therapist located in Los Angeles.

By Lisa Savage | June 29, 2023

In the bustling city of Los Angeles, where the fast-paced lifestyle can take its toll on individuals, anxiety, and depression have become prevalent mental health concerns. The good news is that effective treatment options are available to help individuals manage and overcome these conditions. “As a black therapist in Los Angeles, I know the struggle…

Overcoming PTSD in Marriage: Rebuilding Trust, Communication, and Connection By Amethyst Roberson, LPC

By Lisa Savage | June 17, 2023

Marriage is a sacred bond built on love, trust, and shared experiences. However, when one or both partners in a marriage are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can significantly impact the relationship. PTSD can arise from traumatic experiences, such as military combat, accidents, abuse, or witnessing violence. Marriage can be tested when one…

How To Handle Father’s Day When It Hurts

By Jessica Bullock | June 17, 2023

  Every June, fathers all over the world are celebrated for their sacrifice, provision, and unconditional love. However, Father’s Day, for many, can be a day of sadness, pain, and numbness. If you are someone who struggles with Father’s Day, here are a few things you can do when it feels unbearable.  Avoid Social Media.…

Black Men and Vulnerability: A Journey Towards Emotional Liberation By Amethyst Roberson, LPC, NCC

By Lisa Savage | June 12, 2023

Vulnerability, a word often associated with weakness or fear, holds an unparalleled power that goes unrecognized in many societies. For Black men, vulnerability, or the willingness to express emotions, is often suppressed due to societal stereotypes and expectations. However, a closer look reveals that embracing vulnerability can lead to emotional wellness that requires courage, strength,…

EMPOWERING BLACK MEN THROUGH MINDFULNESS PRACTICES

By Stephanie Barbee | May 27, 2023

I grew up in Arkansas, the natural state. There were parks and beautiful outside spaces. Actually, I spent a lot of my time outside, in the woods that surrounded the house I spent most of my childhood in. When I started dating, my partner loved fishing. We would go fishing with his grandfather, most of…

5 Ways to Prioritize Your Mental Health as a Black Man By Amethyst Roberson, LPC, NCC Picture By Canva

By Lisa Savage | May 17, 2023

  In today’s fast-paced world, mental health is a significant aspect of overall wellness. However, it’s often overlooked or stigmatized in our society. Mental health must be prioritized as it is vital to every individual’s well-being. With the increasing prevalence of mental health issues worldwide, it has become necessary to prioritize mental health as a…

Gentle Considerations in Navigating Mother’s Day After Perinatal Loss By Keisha Wells, LPC

By Lisa Savage | May 11, 2023

Sixteen years ago, I faced my first Mother’s Day without my twin sons—just 29 days after they took their first and last breaths. Although a bitter-sweet celebration, I was gently supported by family and received thoughtful gifts and love on this premiere day in my motherhood. The first of so many days I worked to…

ALL Black Men Can Have Space To Heal By Stephanie Barbee Photo by Jed Villejo on Unsplash

By Stephanie Barbee | May 1, 2023

Existing in the world today is challenging. It’s incredibly difficult for those individuals who live at various intersections – a place where there is sometimes privilege and sometimes oppression. For Black men (including trans-men) with gay or bisexual identities, finding an anchor can feel (and be) downright impossible. Here are some ways therapy can be…

Black Children Are LGBTQ+ Too! By: Stephanie Barbee, LCSW Picture By Unsplash

By Stephanie Barbee | April 26, 2023

I was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. I grew up in a rural area, and the story of my family connections is complex, to say the least. Plus, it’s important to note that Arkansas is within what people call the “bible belt.” This is an area of the country where a lot of…

6 Signs That Your Child May Be Depressed By: Krystalyn Davis, LCSW, MSW Picture by Canva

By Lisa Savage | April 18, 2023

Being a parent is a 24-hour job. You are noticing the slightest changes that occur. One of the changes can be in your child’s mood. There has been a myth that children cannot become depressed. But in reality, children can experience many emotions similar to adults. For example, children have the ability to grieve when…

Breaking the Stigma: Why Black Men Need to Prioritize Mental Health

By Lisa Savage | April 12, 2023

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked and stigmatized in the Black community, especially for Black men. The impact of racism on Black males’ psychological well-being cannot be overstated, as it often leads to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. However, seeking help for mental illness as…

From Shame to Empowerment: Redefining Narratives Around Sexual Abuse By Amethyst Roberson

By Alisha Powell | April 10, 2023

Introduction: April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month, dedicated to breaking the silence surrounding this complex topic and encouraging open dialogue within our communities. In this spirit, we will unveil lesser-known facts about sexual abuse, challenge commonly held assumptions, and highlight the resilience of survivors.   Sexual abuse can happen to anyone. One of the most…

How to Talk About Your Mental Health with Loved Ones as a Black Man – A Practical Guide.

By Lisa Savage | April 7, 2023

As a mental health therapist, I want to acknowledge the bravery it takes for Black men to discuss their mental health struggles with their loved ones. It’s a common belief that seeking help is a sign of weakness, but it takes immense strength to confront your challenges and open up to those around you. Talking…

“What is Love”…Addiction?

By Fahamisha Williams | April 7, 2023

The 90’s jam “What is Love” by Haddaway has been bopping between my ears for the last month. Although we’re solidly out of the the commercial month of love (I see you February and Hallmark), the song’s lyrics and overall message won’t leave my analytical therapist noggin. [Intro] What is love?/Oh baby, don’t hurt me/…

To Befriend Again

By Lisa Savage | April 1, 2023

By Keisha Wells, LPC Picture By Canva  It is the comfort of being deeply seen and understood. The ability to openly vent, cry, and laugh with acceptance. It is the silent moments shared, coupled with moments of volume and priceless memories. It is the peace in knowing you are cared for by receiving a thoughtful…

Finding strength in uncertainty: How to maintain faith during difficult times

By Lisa Savage | March 20, 2023

Life can be tricky sometimes, and there are moments when it feels like the world is conspiring against you. Black women, in particular, face numerous challenges and adversities, from systemic racism and discrimination to gender-based violence and economic inequality. But despite these obstacles, many black women show remarkable resilience and continue to have faith even…

Do I Need Medication or More Sleep? A Review of America’s Public Health Crisis

By Jessica Bullock | March 12, 2023

We are officially in the middle of a public health epidemic. According to the CDC, 1 out of 3 Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and many reports that they are unsatisfied with their quality of life. The group of Americans reported to suffer the most from this crisis are African American adults aged 40-59. Teens…

Healing Wounds and Building Bridges: The Journey of a Strong, Independent Black Woman After Divorce

By Lisa Savage | March 12, 2023

Divorce can be a painful and challenging experience for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for black women who often face unique cultural and societal pressures. From stereotypes about black women being too strong to need support to the lack of representation in mainstream media, navigating divorce recovery as a black woman can feel…

Healing Intergenerational Trauma through Family Therapy

By Lisa Savage | March 4, 2023

Intergenerational trauma is a complex and pervasive issue that can significantly impact families. It refers to transmitting traumatic experiences and their effects from one generation to another. This can include a range of backgrounds, such as abuse, neglect, violence, addiction, and poverty. Intergenerational trauma can have long-lasting effects on individuals and families, often leading to…

RADICAL ACCEPTANCE & TRAUMA: HOW TO WORK THROUGH ‘BEING STUCK’ Written By: Yakitta Renfroe, LPC, EMDT-T, CCTP

By Lisa Savage | March 3, 2023

Throughout the decade, my clinical journey always crossed paths with individuals suffering from childhood trauma that presents in adulthood. Whether by the hands of others, vicarious trauma, or simply “trauma,” I have noticed a specific theme. “Being Stuck”. This notion of being stuck presents itself differently per person; it can look like perfectionism, fear of…

Successful & Suicidal: The Picture of High-Functioning Depression in America

By Jessica Bullock | February 18, 2023

    Within the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of high-profile suicides. Among the most recent is the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ superstar, Stephen “Twitch” Boss. As this news reverberated through our communities- as clinicians- we take a step back to look at some of the symptoms…

Exploring How Music, Art, and Expression Can Help Heal From Experiences of Racism.

By Lisa Savage | February 16, 2023

With statistics showing that over half of survivors of color have experienced some form of racial trauma, it’s time to explore how these expressive outlets can help with recovery. In recent years, conversations around racism have become increasingly prevalent and necessary in society. But, unfortunately, experiences of racism can have profound impacts on individuals’ mental…

Mental Health Issues Faced by Black Men: Understanding the Challenges and Barriers to Treatment

By Lisa Savage | February 12, 2023

As a mental health expert, I am committed to increasing awareness about the unique challenges faced by Black men when it comes to their mental health. Despite being a largely underrepresented group in mental health research, Black men experience a high burden of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. However, these men often…

Protecting Your Heart: Bariatric Self-Love

By Renetta Weaver | February 8, 2023

Picture by Unsplash We all have days where we don’t feel confident or beautiful, but recent research has highlighted the importance of having a healthy self-image in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Protecting your heart doesn’t just mean following a balanced diet – it also means protecting and nurturing your emotional well-being. Bariatric self-love…

Unpacking the Intersectional Dynamics of Mental Health and Race for Black Women

By Lisa Savage | February 8, 2023

The intersection of mental health and race for Black women is a complex and often an underrepresented topic that deserves more attention and understanding. Black women face unique challenges when it comes to mental health due to the intersection of systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. Understanding these dynamics is crucial in addressing…

Racial Disparities and the Lack of Access to Mental Health Care in BIPOC Communities; Let’s talk about therapy.

By Lisa Savage | February 6, 2023

    As a health equity expert, it is heart-wrenching to see the stark disparities in access to mental health care in communities of color. People of color, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), have historically faced systemic barriers to accessing quality mental health services. This has led to a significant mental health…

“Exploring the Stigma Around Therapy in the Black Community”

By Lisa Savage | January 24, 2023

Mental health is an important issue that affects people of all races and ethnicities. However, for Black individuals, seeking therapy can often be met with unique challenges and stigmas. In this blog post, we will explore the barriers that prevent many Black people from seeking treatment and the importance of addressing these issues in the…

Reigniting Your Weight Loss Goals by Dr. Renetta Weaver, LICSW

By Kim Knight | January 22, 2023

Reigniting Your Weight Loss Goals By Dr. Renetta Weaver, LICSW Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash January is a big month for bariatric patients to reset their weight loss goals. With the start of the new year, many people make resolutions to get healthy and lose weight. For those who have had bariatric surgery or…

Overcoming a Procrastination Situation by Stephanie Barbee, LCSW

By Kim Knight | January 22, 2023

Overcoming a Procrastination Situation   By Stephanie Barbee, LCSW Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash   Did you know that most people struggle with procrastination? Many people are being robbed of the opportunity to achieve their goals and regularly succumb to the countless number of thoughts, habits, fears, and excuses that steal away, slowly but…

Black mental health

By Lisa Savage | January 17, 2023

Mental well-being is an essential aspect of overall health and well-being, yet black individuals often face unique challenges when accessing mental health care and achieving good mental health. For example, black people are more likely to experience discrimination, poverty, and trauma, all of which can harm mental well-being. Additionally, black people are less likely to…

Getting Results With Self-Compassion By Simone Warrick-Bell, MA, LCPC

By Lisa Savage | January 17, 2023

It’s a New Year! Welcome to the beginning of the new year and the all too realistic pressure to “carpe diem” and “achieve your goals” mantra that will be constant for the next couple of months. As a therapist, I have a challenging relationship with the beginning of the year. Ideally, it’s delightful to see…

How To Work Through Resentment

By Jessica Bullock | January 10, 2023

By Jessica Bullock, LCMHC-QS Photo By Canva Resentment is an intense emotion that can stagnate your growth, develop bitterness within you and compromise your freedom. According to the Cambridge dictionary, resentment is defined as, “a feeling of anger because you have been forced to accept something that you do not like.” For many individuals, this…

Therapy for Black children and teens near you.

By Lisa Savage | January 8, 2023

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being that is often overlooked in the Black community. However, Black children must receive the mental health support they need to thrive. One study found that Black children are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and conduct disorders than their white counterparts.…

Ancestral healing and mental health

By Lisa Savage | January 4, 2023

Traditional healing practices can be an important tool for mental health professionals to use when working with clients seeking to heal from trauma and address mental health issues. These practices involve connecting with the wisdom and knowledge of one’s ancestors and using that connection to heal intergenerational trauma and find a sense of purpose and…

Mindset Matters By Stephanie Barbee, LCSW

By Stephanie Barbee | January 4, 2023

Audrey Hepburn famously said “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible!” This is an example of a growth mindset. A person with a growth mindset views the world as having limitless potential. A growth mindset isn’t just for the high-achieving celebrity or athlete; it’s also for the small business owner who wants to…

Therapy for Black women.

By Lisa Savage | January 4, 2023

Mental health is an important topic that affects everyone, but Black women, in particular, face unique challenges regarding their mental well-being. Several mental health issues disproportionately affect Black women, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One reason Black women may be more prone to mental health issues is because of the stress and…

Black therapists?

By Lisa Savage | January 2, 2023

As a society, it is crucial that we recognize the importance of representation and diversity in all aspects of life, including the helping professions such as therapy. Black individuals seeking mental health support should have the option to see a therapist who understands and can relate to their unique experiences and cultural background. Having a…

What are Boundaries?

By Stephanie Barbee | January 2, 2023

The word ‘boundaries’ was easily one of the buzzwords of 2022. Many people believe boundaries are about building walls to keep people out. That’s not the most helpful way to look at it. It’s also important to note there are many reasons why individuals don’t understand or enforce boundaries, including not having the ability due…

Setting ACHIEVABLE goals in the New Year

By Stephanie Barbee | December 19, 2022

The new calendar year often makes people want to set goals. For many people, it can be hard to set goals when there is a fear of failure or disappointment. That was my experience for a long time, giving myself the perspective that “you can’t fail if you don’t try”. It was an excuse. What…

4 P’s You Need To Set Your New Year’s Goals Right By Ronda Shirley, LMFT Trust me on this one. There’s a big chance that your goals for 2023 might fail!

By Ronda Shirley | December 17, 2022

According to studies, only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution really follow it all year, and by the beginning of February, 80% had already given up. It’s easy to forget goals and revert to old habits, so it’s crucial to establish limits and guidelines to help you stay on track. I know…

Black men and suicide.

By Lisa Savage | December 15, 2022

In light of the death of Stephen “Twitch” Boss yesterday, I feel compelled to write about an increasing struggle for Black men. Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects people of all genders, races, and ages. However, Black men in the United States face unique challenges that can increase their risk of suicidal…

Holiday Grief By Stephanie Barbee, LCSW

By Stephanie Barbee | December 11, 2022

If you’ve watched the movie Black Panther 2 (10/10 highly recommend) or even heard of the movie, one of the major themes is making space for grief. For many people, holiday grief isn’t something their aware of. They just ‘don’t like this time of year’ or ‘aren’t really feeling it’. If you feel it, it’s…

Tips to Survive the Holiday Season By Reynelda Jones LCSW-C

By Lisa Savage | December 5, 2022

Is the holiday season difficult for you? If so, you are not alone. The holidays can be a triggering experience for many people. Dealing with challenging family dynamics can potentially lead an increase of emotional distress. During this holiday season, we reconnect with friends and family, some of whom we trust. Others who have taken…

Getting to the “Good” Part: There’s Good in Grief

By Lisa Savage | November 28, 2022

By Jasmine Cobb, LCSW Picture by Pixababy Typically, there isn’t a positive association around the idea or experience of how it feels to grieve and the action or lack thereof that comes with mourning. But on the contrary, believe me when I say, “there is good in grief.” However, reactions to this will heavily rely…

Financial vulnerability – You are not alone

By Stephanie Barbee | November 17, 2022

Let’s talk about vulnerability and finances during the holidays. The only way I know is to share my experience. It is my intention that this helps someone. I grew up with a single mother who didn’t drive in an area outside of a major city. It was tough for my mom as her circumstances changed…

3 Keys to Conquering the Waves of Life

By Lisa Savage | November 17, 2022

Everyone in my family knows that I can’t swim. I simply put my feet in the water. As long as I am in the shallow part, I am fine. However, I was on a study abroad experience with my host family from Costa Rica. We were enjoying one of the beautiful beaches there. I was…

How Are You Doing??

By Kim Knight | October 31, 2022

How are You Doing? Tips For Stress Management By Stephanie Barbee, MSW, LCSW Photo by Pixababy Historically, that’s always been a complicated question and in 2022, that complexity seems exponential. In other words, it’s hella hard out here for EVERYBODY! “How are you doing?” is rarely truly “ok,” “good,” or “well” as most of us…

Failure Mirroring Depression in the Professional Black Woman

By Kim Knight | October 31, 2022

Failure Mirroring Depression in the Professional Black Woman  By Asia Hall, LPC Picture By Canva Professional black women are hitting the glass ceiling and shattering it. A lot of evolution has occurred since the days of the “stay-at-home mom”. Women have begun reaching new avenues in their careers and have even commonly begun establishing their…

The Forgotten Mourners of Breast Cancer Awareness/ Breast Cancer Awareness: Entendre of Survivor Status

By Kim Knight | October 24, 2022

The Forgotten Mourners of Breast Cancer Awareness/ Breast Cancer Awareness: Entendre of Survivor Status By Jasmine Cobb, LCSW Picture By Pixababy Breast Cancer is a cruel disease that generally affects both men and women alike. The illness arrives unannounced and shakes up many lives in unimaginable ways. Although, you may understand if you have been personally diagnosed or…

Coping with loss during the holidays/Grieving Mindfully During the Holidays

By Kim Knight | October 24, 2022

Coping with loss during the holidays/Grieving Mindfully During the Holidays By: Jasmine Cobb, LCSW, CGCS Picture by Canva As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures arrive, the holidays typically signify a time for joyful spirits, cheerful giving, and banding together with family, friends and community. Yet, your outlook and feelings toward the holidays may also…

How to Support a Loved One Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

By Kim Knight | October 24, 2022

How to Support a Loved One Diagnosed with Breast Cancer By Sabrina Lynch, LCP, LCPC Picture By Pixababy In 2021, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was scared. There’s no other way to put it. I was afraid of dying. I realized that I had to share this information with those who loved…

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Symptoms, Actions, Diagnosis

By Renetta Weaver | October 12, 2022

Written By Dr. Renetta Weaver Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Introduction: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder If you noticed that your mood and motivation tend to shift with the seasons you are not alone. It is estimated that 50% of the population also experience these same changes. Lower mood and motivation can negatively impact…

Anxiety: A New Normal

By Renetta Weaver | September 27, 2022

A new recommendation by The US Preventive Services Task Force suggests that all adults 65 years of age and younger should be assessed for anxiety. This recommendation is significant because many people have experienced increased anxiety in the past couple of years. First it was the world shutting down due the pandemic and now it…

Navigating the Emotions of Adult Friendship Loss

By Stephanie Barbee | September 15, 2022

What do your adult friend relationships look like? Who do you feel is “in your corner?” Has this changed for you since the pandemic? For me and MANY others I know, it absolutely has. Some people who have been close since the sandbox don’t talk and people who thought they could never like each other…

HELPING CHILDREN WHO STRUGGLE WITH ANXIETY

By Jessica Bullock | September 1, 2022

According to the US Census Bureau, over 50 million children will be attending school this fall. However, many children are struggling with waves of Anxiety as they adjust to the new school year, start testing, while protecting themselves from whatever dangers of illness and sickness they perceive they are exposed to. How do you assist…

Back to School

By Stephanie Barbee | August 16, 2022

These three words hold so much power over people’s emotions, with good reason. Between the variety of systemic issues that exist in most of the schools I’ve heard about around the country, the severe mental and emotional needs of our children and teachers, and the resulting violence that has only continued to increase within the…

Therapy for Black and Brown people. But, do we go to therapy?

By Lisa Savage | August 14, 2022

Honoring people in the right way.

By Stephanie Barbee | August 4, 2022

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

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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…