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June 12, 2019
Session 111: Considerations When Coparenting
Dr. Audrey Townsel is back with us this week to discuss coparenting. She and I chatted about the different possibilities for coparenting relationships, some of the main concerns that get in the way of being able to coparent, how therapy can be helpful in developing a healthy coparenting relationship, and the importance of making sure you’re clear in your communication with your children about what the coparenting relationship will look like.
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33 min
June 5, 2019
Session 110: On the Couch with Aunt Vi of Queen Sugar
The 4th season of Queen Sugar premieres on June 12, 2019 and we're celebrating by digging a little deeper into one of my favorite characters on the show, Aunt Vi. For this conversation, I was joined by LaShasta Bell, LPC. LaShasta and I chatted about the role Aunt Vi plays in her family, the dynamic between Aunt Vi & her fiancée Hollywood, why Aunt Vi might seek therapy, and she shared some of her favorite resources.
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42 min
May 29, 2019
Session 109: Teen Girls & Bullying
In today’s episode, we're digging into the impact that bullying can have on teenage girls. For this conversation I was joined by De'Asia Thompson, LISW-S, LCSW. De’Asia and I chatted about what bullying looks like for teenage girls today, what therapy might look like for both teens and parents of either a teen being bullied or the one bullying others, and how to interact with school officials if your teen is being bullied.
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40 min
May 22, 2019
Session 108: Finding Your People
In this week's episode I'm sharing my suggestions for places you can look to find your tribe!
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12 min
May 17, 2019
BONUS: Introducing Dead Ass with Khadeen and Devale Ellis
This is not a new episode of Therapy for Black Girls. It's a bonus episode to introduce you to a new podcast I think you'll like. Each week Khadeen and Devale Ellis spread love the Brooklyn way on their show, Dead Ass. As a millennial married couple, they reveal personal truths, share opinions, and inspire us to level up in our own lives by giving some advice — but no matter what you hear they will always keep it 100. Dead Ass is out NOW - listen wherever you get your podcasts.
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6 min
May 15, 2019
Session 107: Am I Doing This Right? And 5 Other Questions About Therapy
In this week's episode I'm sharing my thoughts about some of the most common questions I get about therapy and the therapeutic process.
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17 min
May 8, 2019
Session 106: When Mother's Day Is Painful
In this week's episode I'm sharing tips to take care of yourself if Mother's Day is painful for you due to a complicated relationship with your mother. I also answered a few listener questions about dealing with a partner who's uncertain about the relationship and managing social anxiety.
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19 min
May 1, 2019
Session 105: Living Single
For this conversation, I was joined by Dr. Melissa Robinson-Brown, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Mel and I chatted about how hard and frustrating it can be to be single when you don’t really want to be, why she thinks dating apps are a blessing and a curse, and the self assessment she helps her clients complete to figure out if they’re approaching dating from a healthy place.
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44 min
April 24, 2019
Session 104: Prolonged Exposure Therapy
In today’s episode, we’re digging into Prolonged Exposure Therapy. For this conversation I was joined by Jason Phillips, LCSW. Jason and I chatted about what prolonged exposure therapy is, what it’s used for, how to find a therapist who practices it, and he shared some of his favorite resources.
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30 min
April 17, 2019
Session 103: Partnering With Your PCP
For this conversation I was joined by Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Magdala Chery. Dr. Chery and I discussed how primary care physicians are involved in screening for mental health concerns, how they collaborate and refer to mental health professionals, how you can better advocate for yourself with physicians, and she shared her thoughts on what PCPs need to do to ensure better health outcomes for Black women.
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34 min
April 10, 2019
Session 102: Why Am I Grieving Someone I Didn't Know?
In this week's episode I'm sharing my thoughts about the intense level of grief many seem to be experiencing following the death of Nipsey Hussle and the factors that may lead us to grieve someone even though we didn't personally know them. I also answered listener questions about dealing with a breakup when kids are involved and how to get experience as a therapist when you've been out of the field for a while.
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14 min
April 3, 2019
Session 101: Increasing Sexual Confidence
Dr. Holec and I discussed some of the issues that can chip away at our confidence related to sexuality, some of the concerns that lead to sex being less pleasurable or even painful, how you can talk with your partner about getting your needs met, and she shared how she uses sensate focused therapy with couples in her practice.
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33 min
March 27, 2019
Session 100: 5 Lessons I've Learned From Podcasting
It's a celebration y'all! We're celebrating 100 episodes of the podcast and I shared 5 lessons I've learned from podcasting that just might help you too.
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17 min
March 20, 2019
Session 99: Taking Care of Yourself After a Breakup
In this week's episode I share 5 tips to help you take care of yourself after a breakup.
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10 min
March 13, 2019
Session 98: Showing Up When You Want to Lay Down
In this week's episode, Melissa Ifill, LCSW is back with us to share tips on how to show up in your life even when things get tough. Melissa shared the 4 steps she uses with her clients to help them show up during the difficult times we all face, how you know when it’s time to push through vs take a step back, and of course she shared more of her favorite resources.
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37 min
March 6, 2019
Session 97: Chakras for Beginners
In this week's episode, Eliza Boquin, MA, LMFT, joins us to give us an introduction to chakras. Eliza and I talked about what chakras are, how you can tell if one of yours is blocked, what this means, how our chakras can impact what our relationships look like, and she shared how she uses this in her clinical work when requested. And of course she shared all of her favorite resources for anyone who wants to learn more.
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44 min
February 27, 2019
Session 96: Exploring Vulnerability
n this week's episode we're digging into vulnerability. For this conversation I was joined by Chasity Chandler, LMHC, MCAP, ICADC, CST, CDWF. Chasity and I chatted about what makes it so difficult for us to be vulnerable, how to be more vulnerable when you have no idea where to start, vulnerability in the workplace, and what vulnerability might look like in romantic relationships.
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27 min
February 20, 2019
Session 95: Unpacking Toxic Masculinity
In this week's episode we're unpacking toxic masculinity. For this conversation, I was joined by Dr. Alduan Tartt, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Tartt and I discussed what is meant by the term toxic masculinity,  how it shows up in our lives, and how we can stop perpetuating it, especially in raising our sons.
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37 min
February 13, 2019
Session 94: Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper
In this week's episode I shared my thoughts about something that seems to be coming up more and more in conversation, comparing ourselves to others. I shared several reasons this is dangerous and some tips to help you do a better job of keeping your focus on you!
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10 min
February 6, 2019
Session 93: Managing Valentine's Day Stress
In this week's episode I shared a few tips to help you manage Valentine' Day stress whether you're single or in a relationship.
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6 min
January 30, 2019
Session 92: Life With A Bipolar Disorder
In this week's episode we are exploring life with a bipolar disorder diagnosis. For this conversation, I was joined by Melissa Ifill, LCSW. Melissa and I chatted about what it means to be diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, what treatment looks like, how bipolar disorder impacts relationships, how family and friends can support someone with a bipolar disorder, and she shared her favorite resources in case you want to learn more.
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40 min
January 23, 2019
Session 91: The Importance of Physical Activity
In this week's episode we dig into the importance of physical activity. For this conversation I was joined by Dr. Jacque Strait. Dr. Jacque and I chatted about some of the benefits we can experience from physical activity, how to increase motivation towards physical activity, and how to address some of the common barriers that might get in our way.
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30 min
January 16, 2019
Session 90: What Every Parent Should Know About Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
For this conversation I was joined by Spirit, LPC. Spirit and I chatted about some of the tactics used by perpetrators to prey on children, what we mean we talk about “the grooming process," how we can talk with our kids about boundaries and consent related to their bodies, and the best ways to respond to your child if they share that they’ve been violated.
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43 min
January 9, 2019
Session 89: Making Peace with Your Body
For today’s episode, we're exploring how we can be more in sync with our bodies. Our guest for this episode is Ivy Felicia. Ivy and I chatted about some of the issues that get in the way of us being at peace with our bodies, some of the cultural pieces that are important when we’re discussing Black women’s bodies, tips for helping you to focus more on health than weight, the way that diet culture pervades our society, and she shares all of her favorite resources in case you want to dig in more.
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36 min
December 19, 2018
Session 88: New Year, New Me
2019 is almost here and I'm sure many of your are busy thinking about upgrades and changes you'd like to make in your life. In this episode I shared 7 tips to help you as you go about making your list.
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6 min
December 12, 2018
Session 87: Entrepreneurship & Mental Health
For today’s episode, we’re digging into some of the common challenges that come up for entrepreneurs that can impact our mental health. For this conversation, I was joined by Samara Stone, LCSW-C. Samara and I chatted about some of the mental health challenges that are common for entrepreneurs, the importance of a healthy support system, and how to get in touch with your real why for wanting to start a business.
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35 min
December 5, 2018
Session 86: The Gift of Boundaries
For today’s episode, we’re digging a little deeper into the importance of boundaries and how they protect us. For this conversation I was joined by Kim Knight. LMHC. Kim and I chatted about why it’s so important to set boundaries, how to get beyond the idea that boundary setting means hurting someone’s feelings, how to teach boundaries to kids, and how setting boundaries can result in more fulfilling relationships.
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33 min
November 28, 2018
Session 85: Managing Our Many Roles
For this week's episode, we're looking at the multiple roles we might have as women and how these roles can impact how we see ourselves. For this conversation I was joined by Sara Elysée, LMHC and we chatted about some of the ways our multiple roles as women impact our identity, how to hold on to who we are after life transitions, mommy guilt, and how to manage all of these roles while making sure to take care of ourselves.
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24 min
November 21, 2018
Session 84: A Few Things to Consider
In this week's episode I shared my thoughts about all of the unsolicited advice Black women seem to get about who we need to be to be partnered and how we should be in partnerships and offered 7 things for you to consider in making your own decisions about your relationships.
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6 min
November 14, 2018
Session 83: Life After Divorce
For this week's episode, we're exploring many of the transitions that occur after a divorce. For this conversation I was joined by Chautè Thompson, LMHC who is a therapist in Florida. Chautè and I discussed some of the common challenges that might come up when contemplating a divorce or after a divorce, things to be mindful about when coparenting after a divorce, tips for knowing when you’re ready to date again, and she shared some of her favorite resources about life after divorce.
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30 min
November 7, 2018
Session 82: Stop Shoulding On Yourself
In this week's episode I discuss how our language impacts our mental health, specifically when it's filled with things we "should" do or be and shared 5 tips for how you can stop "shoulding" on yourself. I also announced our brand new Therapy for Black Girls community, The Yellow Couch Collective.
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9 min
October 31, 2018
Session 81: What's Your Relationship to Substances?
For this week's episode, we're helping you explore your relationship with substances. For this conversation I was joined by Dr. Delishia Pittman. Dr. Pittman and I discussed how you can tell if your use of substances has become more than recreational, the steps you can take to get help if you think you might be struggling, how some of our cultural practices may be contributing to masking issues with substance abuse, and how to help if you think a friend may be struggling with their substance use.
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35 min
October 24, 2018
Session 80: Sexual Freedom
For this week's episode, we dive into some of the double standards that exist when discussing women's vs. men's sexuality. For this conversation I am joined by Shamyra Howard, LCSW. Shamyra and I discussed why this double standard exists, how Black women can be more active in exploring their sexuality, her thoughts about friends with benefits, and of course she shared her favorite resources.
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28 min
October 17, 2018
Session 79: Managing Struggles with Fertility
This week I'm joined by another one of my incredible line sisters to discuss struggles with fertility. Our guest therapist this week is Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Andreka Peat. Dr. Peat and I discussed some of the cultural issues that impact the conversation around Black women and fertility, some of the alternative paths to motherhood her clients have employed, how she helps her clients manage their mental health through these processes, and she shared her favorite resources.
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42 min
October 10, 2018
Session 78: Mindfulness
Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSWC is back with us this week to talk all about mindfulness. Shawna and I chatted about the definition of mindfulness, she addressed some of the myths you may have heard about mindfulness, she shared some ways you can begin to incorporate it into your life, and of course she shared her favorite resources.
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45 min
October 3, 2018
Session 77: The Truth About Self Care
In today's episode we talk all about the truth about self-care.  For this conversation I was joined by Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC. Maria and I chatted all about what self care actually is, how self care has been commercialized, why it’s so important for us to practice self care as Black women, and of course she shared her favorite resources to help you develop your own self care plan.
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27 min
September 26, 2018
Session 76: Pregnancy & Postpartum Concerns
Today's episode features my conversation with Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway, LPC, NCC, DCC, ACS about what life can look like during pregnancy, birth and in the postpartum period.. Dr. Christopher-Holloway and I discussed the growing research around Black women’s experiences giving birth, how the process of giving birth can be traumatic, postpartum depression and how it’s different from the baby blues, and how we can be strong advocates for ourselves in medical settings.
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37 min
September 19, 2018
Session 75: Do You Self-Sabotage?
This week, by request, we're chatting about self-sabotage. What it is, why we do it, and how to stop!
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8 min
September 12, 2018
Session 74: Body Image & Black Women Athletes
Today's episode features my conversation with Natalie Graves, LCSW, CADC, all about Black women athletes and body image. Natalie and I discussed some of the common concerns Black women athletes face, how Black women’s bodies are seen and critiqued in sports, and we discussed body image issues as it relates to athletes but also to Black women generally.
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31 min
September 9, 2018
Booster Session: What Was Your U.S. Open Moment?
This booster session was inspired by this weekend's U.S. Open during which Serena Williams was unfairly penalized. This happened for the world to see but all Black women have their own version of this story. In this episode I briefly share some of my thoughts about the unfair ways in which Black women are treated and then demonized for their rightful reaction to said treatment. In short, we're exhausted!
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5 min
September 5, 2018
Session 73: When Trust is Broken
Today's episode focuses on what happens when trust has been violated in a relationship and how to repair it. For this conversation I was joined by Dr. Tanisha Sapp, LPC, CST, NCC, ACS, MAC, SAP. Dr. Sapp and I discussed the importance of actually verbalizing expectations to our partners, developing a trust bank with your partner, how violations of trust impact intimacy, and she shared some of her favorite resources.
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44 min
September 3, 2018
Booster Session: Are You Being Honest with Your Therapist?
This booster session was inspired by HBO's Insecure, Season 3, Episode 4. In this episode we saw that Molly is still meeting with her therapist (YAY) but also see that she hasn't told her the entire truth so I wondered if maybe some of you were struggling with withholding some information from your therapist. In this episode I discussed two reasons you might be withholding and what you can do about it.
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5 min
August 29, 2018
Session 72: Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver
Today's episode features my conversation with Reinette Arnold, LCSW, MAC, FVIP about taking care of your mental health as a caregiver. Reinetter and  I discussed some of the common challenges that come up for caregivers, managing your emotions as a caregiver, how to engage your support system, why self care is so important as a caregiver, and how to engage in clear and effective communication with family and friends related to caregiving.
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37 min
August 22, 2018
Session 71: Building Intentional Relationships
Today's episode features my conversation with Melissa Dumaz, LMFT about creating intentional relationships with our partners. Melissa and I chatted about the best ways to be more intentional in your relationship, how to fight fair, the importance of apologies and how to offer them correctly, and she shared her favorite resources, including her book, The Love Challenge.
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31 min
August 15, 2018
Session 70: Social Media & Mental Health
Today's episode features my conversation with Dr. Audrey Townsel, a Licensed Psychologist in Memphis, TN and my line sister. :) Dr. Townsel and I chatted about how social media platforms can impact our self esteem, why the comparisons we make between ourselves and others on social media aren’t entirely accurate, and she shared her favorite tips for helping you to have a healthier relationship with social media.
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42 min
August 13, 2018
Booster Session: Hella Loose Boundaries
Today's session is a booster session because I just couldn't wait to share my thoughts about the Season 3 premiere of HBO's Insecure and why I think this season will explore one of my favorite topics, boundaries!
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6 min
August 8, 2018
Session 69: Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Today's episode features my conversation with Shaketa Robinson-Bruce, a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Atlanta, GA. Shaketa and I chatted about the definition of intergenerational trauma, what this looks like in our community, how it impacts our relationships, how therapy can help to heal from intergenerational trauma, and she shared her favorite books about this topic in case you want to read more.
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28 min
August 1, 2018
Session 68: Healing After Miscarriage
Today's episode features my conversation with Jeanae Hopgood, LMFT, a couples & family therapist, clinical sexologist and sexuality educator in the Philadelphia area. Jeanae and I discussed healing after a miscarriage. We chatted about some of the common challenges experienced after a miscarriage, how miscarriages impact partnerships,  how to support a loved one who’s had a miscarriage, and of course she shared all her favorite books for you to learn more.
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47 min
July 25, 2018
Session 67: On the Couch with Tasha & James St. Patrick
Today we have an On the Couch episode featuring Tasha & James (Ghost) St. Patrick of the hit show on STARZ, Power. For this episode I was joined by Dr. QuaVandra Perry who is a Licensed Psychologist in Texas. Dr. Perry and I discussed what kinds of concerns might bring Tasha and James to therapy, how she might help them improve their communication, how she might help them work through their grief, and of course she shared all of her favorite resources for couples. This episode does contain spoilers.
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37 min
July 18, 2018
Session 66: All the Details About ADHD
Today's episode gives you the rundown on everything you ever wanted to know about ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For this conversation, I was joined by Dr. Dawn Kamilah Brown, a double-board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in Texas. Dr. Dawn and I chatted about the symptoms of ADHD, why the diagnosis is often missed, how to know if your child might need to be evaluated, treatment for ADHD, and she clears up some common misconceptions about medication.
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51 min
July 11, 2018
Session 65: Working Well
Maintaining your mental health while working in a less than favorable environment can be tough. Fpr today's episode I chatted with Farah Harris, LCPC who specializes in helping people to be well in the workplace. Farah and I chatted about dealing with microagressions in the workplace, how improving your emotional intelligence and setting boundaries can help you to deal with work stress, how employers can provide perks that actually help their employees, and her thoughts on the myth of work-life balance.
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45 min
July 4, 2018
Session 64: Managing Social Anxiety
This episodes shares strategies that can help anyone who may be struggling with social anxiety disorder.
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8 min
June 27, 2018
Session 63: Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse
Some studies suggest that as many as 60% of Black girls experience a sexual assault by the age of 18 so sadly many of us and our loved ones have been touched in some way by childhood sexual abuse. Today, I am joined by Jessica Lang, LMFT.  Jessica and I chatted about some of the common concerns that come up for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, what treatment might look like, how to deal if your child comes to you with a report of abuse, and she shared her favorite resources.
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34 min
June 20, 2018
Session 62: Lessons from the Red Table
My favorite episode of Red Table Talk so far has been the one that featured a conversation between Jada and Gabrielle Union about this weird tension that existed between them for years. This conversation highlighted an issue that I think comes up for a lot of us, what happens when we're intimidated in some way? I shared 3 questions to help you figure this out for yourself and also answered a couple of On the Porch questions.
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17 min
June 13, 2018
Session 61: Is Virtual Therapy for Me?
For this episode I’m joined by Melissa Douglass, LCSW who has an entirely virtual practice in St Louis. Melissa and I discussed some of the differences between traditional and virtual therapy, how you can decide if it’s right for you, how to find a virtual therapist, and she shared all of her favorite apps for mental wellness.
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32 min
June 6, 2018
Session 60: Colorism & Texturism
Unpacking the issues in our community related to skin color and hair texture can be difficult, but it's necessary. Today's episode features my conversation with Dr. Donna Oriowo, LICSW, M.Ed. Dr. Donna and I discussed the definitions of colorism and texturism, ideas about having more effective conversations about these issues, how these issues impact our mental health as Black women, and strategies for working through some of these concerns.
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33 min
May 30, 2018
Session 59: On the Couch with Nova Bordelon
Today's episode is an On the Couch Session with Nova Bordelon from the hit OWN show, Queen Sugar. For this episode I am joined by Shena Tubbs, LPC. Shena and I chatted about some of the concerns that might bring Nova to therapy, how the Bordelon family history adds perspective to Nova's concerns, some of the techniques she might use with her in therapy, and she shared some of her favorite resources in case you might have similar concerns.
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35 min
May 23, 2018
Session 58: GLBTQ Affirmative Spaces
For today's episode I am joined by Adrienne Michelle, LMFT. Adrienne is a QPOC therapist specializing in working with youth, adults, families and couples. Adrienne and I chatted about the fears that members of the GLBTQ community may have in reaching out for therapy, tips on how to find a therapist who is affirming, the work that still needs to be done in the Black community to be more affirmative, and some common vocabulary we should all know to create more affirmative spaces and relationships.
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39 min
May 16, 2018
Session 57: The Do's of Dating
Today I am joined by the millennial dating coach Marquita Johnson. Marquita is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and distance credentialed counselor. Her specialties include women issues, career, dating, divorce, step-families, and grief counseling.
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37 min
May 9, 2018
Session 56: Degrees & Depression
This week's episode is dedicated to all the college grads! Right now you may be more ecstatic and thrilled than you've ever been in your life, but you might also be feeling apprehensive and depressed. In this episode I share 8 concerns that might come up around college graduation that could impact your mental health and ways to deal with them.
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12 min
May 2, 2018
Session 55: Getting Rid of Sexual Shame
For today's episode I am joined by Dr. Lexx Brown James, LMFT. She enjoys educating people on building intimacy, getting to pleasure, and training professionals on how to work with sexuality based topics in trauma informed ways.  Dr. Lexx and I discussed how to get in touch with the idea that we deserve pleasure as Black women, common types of sexual disorders, how trauma can impact our ability to enjoy sex, getting rid of sexual shame, and the importance of masturbation.
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41 min
April 25, 2018
Session 54: Shedding Your Superwoman Status
For this episode I am joined by Licensed Professional Counselor & Nationally Certified Counselor, Spirit. Spirit and I discussed the key characteristics of the Black Superwoman, how this construct was developed, how buying into this narrative impacts our mental health, and strategies for how you can gradually take that cape off.
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42 min
April 18, 2018
Session 53: The Truth About Narcissism
Today's episode features my conversation with Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Postdoctoral Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Jones. Dr. Jones and I discussed why narcissism is much more than just being selfish, the criteria someone would have to meet to be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, ways to take care of yourself if their is someone with narcissism in you
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49 min
April 11, 2018
Session 52: Nice for What?
Today's episode marks the one year anniversary since the podcast debuted and we're in full celebration mode, complete with a soundtrack from none other than Drake. Drake's most recent release is not just a feel good song, it also made me stop to think about our need for niceness and why we get so invested in it. In this episode I discussed how the need for niceness develops, how you can tell if it's showing up in your life, and tips for managing.
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10 min
April 4, 2018
Session 51: Autism Awareness
Today's episode features my conversation with Dr. Cindy Graham, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Cindy and I discussed some of the research surrounding the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), what parents should be on the lookout for in terms of symptoms, strategies used to help children and adults with ASD, and her thoughts about the depiction of ACD in pop culture.
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38 min
March 28, 2018
Session 50: This Isn't What I Imagined
Recently I've observed several conversations related to sisters not feeling like they're where they want to be in their lives. So in today's episode I'm offering 3 questions for anyone who thought their life would look much differently than it currently does.
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9 min
March 21, 2018
Session 49: Angry Black Women
This week's episode features Patrice N. Douglas, LMFT. Patrice and I discussed where the stereotype of the angry black woman came from, how you can tell if you have an issue with anger, strategies for using anger productively, and how you can get better at talking about your emotions before you become angry.
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34 min
March 14, 2018
Session 48: Career Questions Answered
This week's episode features Dr. Marian Higgins, Licensed Professional Counselor & Career Counselor. Dr. Higgins and I discussed how you can find a career that’s a good fit for you, managing stress and microagressions in the workplace, some of the common mistakes you may be making in your career, and she shared all of her favorite career resources.
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45 min
March 7, 2018
Session 47: The Psychology Behind Black Panther
This week's episode features Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Parent Coach, Mercedes Samudio. Mercedes and I did a deep dive into the Psychology behind Black Panther. We discussed the importance of representation and how that impacts our mental health, the messages we received about Black womanhood, the strong attachment we all have seemed to develop to the characters, and why so many of us have had to see it over and over again.
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44 min
February 28, 2018
Session 46: Mental Health Needs of Activists
This week's episode features Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Shawna Murray-Browne. Shawna and I discussed some of the unique mental health concerns related to activism and advocacy, the importance of self care and boundaries for activists, and her work with other therapists to create spaces that are anti-racist and liberation focused.
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43 min
February 21, 2018
Session 45: What Happens in Hypnotherapy?
This week's episode features Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Gena Golden. Gena and I discussed some of the common misconceptions about hypnotherapy, what kinds of concerns it’s useful for, and she shares the details about what actually happens in a hypnotherapy session.
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38 min
February 14, 2018
Session 44: Perfectionism
This week's episode features Bianca Hughes, Associate Professional Counselor. Bianca and I discussed what perfectionism is, where it comes from, and tips and strategies you can use to create more realistic expectations and feel more comfortable being your authentic self.
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36 min
February 7, 2018
Session 43: Mental Health for Mama
This week's episode features Alece Chanel Coleman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alece and I discussed some of the unique mental health challenges Black moms face, the importance of having someone to advocate for you in the postpartum period, how to deal with mommy guilt, putting an end to mommy wars, and strategies for managing your mental health while raising children.
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33 min
January 31, 2018
Session 42: Race-Related Stress
This week's episode features Crystal Joseph, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, & Board-Certified Case Manager. Crystal and I discussed what race-related stressors look like, stages of Wokeness, and how she works with her clients to manage some of these stressors including her use of music and pop culture.
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33 min
January 24, 2018
Session 41: What in the World is DBT?
This week's episode features Seida Hood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Seida and I discussed what DBT is, who can benefit from it, and how you can find a DBT group that might work for you.
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35 min
January 17, 2018
Session 40: Do I Need a New Therapist?
Have you ever wondered if you need to break up with your therapist? In today's episode I share 3 ways to tell if it may be time to move on. I also answered an On the Porch Question from a listener looking for her first significant relationship.
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16 min
January 10, 2018
Session 39: Self-Worth
In today's episode I discussed misconceptions about self-worth and the importance of self-compassion. I also answered an On the Porch Question about being too "nice."
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11 min
January 3, 2018
Session 38: Slaying Your Anxiety
This week's episode features Dr. Alicia Little Hodge, Registered Psychology Associate. Dr. Hodge and I chatted about how we can recognize signs of anxiety, where they come from and what we can do about it.
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43 min
December 20, 2017
Session 37: 10 Ways to Optimize Your Mental Health
In the last episode of 2017, I share 10 Ways to Optimize Your Mental Health to give you something to reflect on as you are setting your goals and intentions for the new year.
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26 min
December 13, 2017
Session 36: Does Couples Counseling Work?
This week's episode features Dr. Ayanna Abrams, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Abrams and I chatted all about couples counseling! She shared how she works with couples using EFT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, gave some insight about how the fights we have with our partners are typically not at all about the thing we're fighting about, and shared what it might look like if she worked with some of your favorite TV couples.
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50 min
December 6, 2017
Session 35: Am I Codependent?
This week's episode features Nedra Glover Tawwab, LCSW. Nedra and I chatted about the definition of codependency, how to know if the definition fits you, how someone becomes codependent, and strategies you can use to become less codependent.
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32 min
November 29, 2017
Session 34: Emotional Eating
This week's episode features Lisa R. Savage, LCSW. Lisa and I chatted about why Black women often engage in emotional eating, how it's connected to trauma, and strategies you can use if emotional eating is something you struggle with.
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52 min
November 15, 2017
Session 33: Steadying Yourself for the Holidays
The holidays are upon us and this likely means different things for all of us. Some of us have positive associations with the holiday season and some of our associations are not so positive. In today's episode I discussed the Holiday Blues, factors that contribute to it, and how Holiday Blues is different from Major Depression. I also shared 6 tips to help you steady yourself for the holiday season.
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14 min
November 8, 2017
Session 32: On the Porch with Dr. Joy
In today's episode I answer a couple of questions sent in by listeners. Topics discussed include growing up without a dad, having a partner who might be immature, and getting what you need in a relationship.
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19 min
November 1, 2017
Session 31: Managing Grief
Dr. Ajita Robinson joins us to discuss how therapy can be helpful in working through grief, how we can have grief reactions to lots of different changes in our lives, and why the stages of grief you may have learned about may not be the best way to help you conceptualize grief.
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32 min
October 25, 2017
Session 30: Red Flags in Relationships
Every October we observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of this, today's episode focuses on red flags that may present themselves in new relationships that we should be paying attention to that may alert us that someone may be abusive. I also discussed the 6 different types of abuse that perpetrators engage in and provide feedback to a listener struggling with a possessive ex.
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20 min
October 18, 2017
Session 29: Respectability & Sexuality
Courtney Watson, LMFT and I discussed how respectability politics impacts Black women's and femmes' sexuality, how you can reclaim your sexual freedom, and discussed ways you can find like- minded individuals to affirm your sexuality.
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42 min
October 11, 2017
Session 28: Do You Believe in Sisterhood?
Marline Francois Madden joins us for a discussion about the myth that Black women can't get along and offers suggestions to help you manage feelings of jealousy and to avoid the desire to compare.
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40 min
October 4, 2017
Session 27: Mental Health & Terrorism
A discussion about managing your emotions in the wake of the Las Vegas Terrorist attack.
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18 min
September 27, 2017
Session 26: Five Myths About Suicide
I discuss warning signs and risks associated with someone who may be suicidal. Additionally I addressed the top 5 myths I hear about suicide.
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19 min
September 20, 2017
Session 25: What in the World is EMDR?
In today's episode I chatted with Kelli Davis, LPC in Memphis, TN about EMDR. We discussed what it is, how she uses it, and how it's different from traditional talk therapy.
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40 min
September 13, 2017
Session 24: Hella Thoughts
In this episode I share my thoughts about the Season 2 Finale of HBO's Insecure
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23 min
September 6, 2017
Session 23: Let's Talk Teens
Dr. Joy chats with Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist & Teen Expert, Jaynay Johnson, about better understanding and communicating with the teenage Black girl in your life.
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43 min
August 30, 2017
Session 22: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Defining the imposter syndrome and developing strategies to deal with it.
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23 min
August 16, 2017
Session 21: How Racism Impacts Our Mental Health
This episode discussed the impact racism has on our mental health and ways to continue to take care of yourself despite it.
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15 min
August 9, 2017
Session 20: On the Couch with Monica from Love & Basketball
On today's episode I am joined by special guest therapist, Dr. Kensa Gunter for an On the Couch episode about Monica from Love & Basketball.
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45 min
August 2, 2017
Session 19: Sometimes You Gotta Feel the Feels
By request, in today's episode I share information about some of the self-destructive and unhealthy ways we cope when our emotions feel too difficult to deal with. I also share 7 Tools for Managing Overwhelming Emotions by Katie Brooks, LCSW and answer your listener questions.
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29 min
July 26, 2017
Session 18: Healing After A Sexual Assault
In today's episode, Dr. Young and I discussed terminology relevant to sexual assault, misunderstanding about consent, historical implications that shape reporting and treating sexual assaults, and the need for culturally specific and trauma-informed practices.
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54 min
July 25, 2017
Booster Session: Sex with the Ex
In today's booster session I'm chatting all about Sex with the Ex and this was inspired by the season premiere of HBO's Insecure starring the amazing Issa Rae. This episode does contain spoilers so if you haven't watched it yet, you probably want to wait.
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5 min
July 19, 2017
Session 17: Black Girls Get Eating Disorders?
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. On today's episode, I chatted with special guest therapist, Dr. Judi-Lee Webb, a licensed Pscyhologist in Atlanta, GA all about eating disorders. We discussed the misconception that Black women don't struggle with eating disorders, discussed symptoms of eating disorders, and how you can have a healthier relationship with food.   Where to Find Dr. Webb newdirectionsatlanta.com   Resources Mentioned Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat- Stephanie Covington Armstrong gurzebooks.com myedin.org iaedp.com   To join the Therapy for Black Girls Thrive Tribe therapyforblackgirls.com/tribe To find a therapist in your area, visit therapyforblackgirls.com/directory For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com. To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com
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39 min
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