As an African American Licensed Mental Health therapist I have learned that in order to effectively help others heal, all of us must make sure the environments we work in spaces that positively affirm us. I read often about the maternal mortality crisis in Black American women, the #metoo, #hiddenherstory, #BlackLivesMatter, and #SayHerName movements and… Continue reading Protecting and Re-claiming Our Narrative
It’s been forever since I wrote a blog post. Yes I know my title is bizarre…what are you looking for appreciation or validation for? You’re a therapist! Yes but I’m human being and I’m a creative that loves to be intellectually promiscuous so I need to be in professional spaces that affirm who I am. … Continue reading What an Autumn! When a Therapist is Unappreciated…
I work a full time job at a health care clinic and have started my private practice a few months ago SOLO! I write this blog because I want to write about struggles many clinicians of color DO NOT TALK ABOUT. It has been a very intense past 2 months for me. I was experiencing… Continue reading Blood, Sweat, and Tears: For the Love of My People.
Yesterday with the collaboration of another licensed mental health clinician friend we made a dream of ours come to reality. We hosted an event to begin to create a community of African American mental health clinicians to collaborate with each other and promote each other. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “United… Continue reading A Community Over Competition for Black Mental Health
#Herstory Dr. Mamie Clarke was a pioneer in Black Psychology. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University. Influenced by her work with children in an all-black nursery school, Mamie decided to conduct her master’s thesis, “The Development of Consciousness of Self in Negro Pre-School Children”. This thesis later became the iconic “doll… Continue reading Dr. Mamie Clark, Black Psychology Icon. #BlackHistoryMonth
Many times I get asked by mothers how to have difficult conversations about family problems with their young children. Children’s books are a great way to help children normalize family issues and learn healthy ways to express their feelings to you! Here are some of my favorites! Have a military parent or parent that works… Continue reading Children’s Books to Help Your Kids Talk About Difficult Family Problems.
I’ve always wanted to wear a #headwrap and when I saw this one days before the march by @simplycecily and I felt it’s time to wear one. I was truly conflicted about wearing a #pussyhat . I felt that the head wrap and the pink cat eared pussyhat symbolized the same sex or gender,… Continue reading My headwrap and the women’s march on Washington, DC