EP. 48. Purpose and Mental Health

This week’s episode I speak my guest Jessica Chinyelu. We talk about being a woman of purpose, mental wellness and keeping it simple, being Nigerian-American and what going to see a therapist looks like within the culture.

Jessica Chinyelu is a Nigerian-American, empowerment speaker, TV Host, entrepreneur, and Founder of Woman of Purpose. Through her non-profit organization, Woman of Purpose, Jessica provides online and in-person coaching, mentorship placement, annual conferences and community for women looking to pursue and achieve their God given passions and dreams. From a struggling drug addict who was sexually molested at a young age living a fast-paced promiscuous lifestyle to a successful entrepreneur, Jessica’s courage, faith and determination has inspired followers worldwide and helped countless audiences become awakened to their dreams and walking in freedom.

As Founder and CEO of Woman of Purpose, Jessica developed the annual Woman of Purpose Conference and programs that have transformed the lives of women and altered the path of mind renewal. Her programs started in her home with just 8 women and since inception the Woman of Purpose ministry has more than multiplied. Known for her sincere and relatable spirit, Jessica has reached more than 100,000 women through social media platforms and the highly anticipated annual conference.

Takeaways from this episode:

1. Purpose is short term and Destiny is long term.

2. Take care of yourself. Help yourself by taking care of yourself. I. E. Find 3 simple things that bring you happiness and joy.

3. Go back and understand what God says about you. Who are you? What is your destiny and your purpose?

4. Find a counselor!

Where you can find Jessica:

Web: www.womanofpurposeconference.com

Instagram: @womanofpurposenetwork or @jessicachinyelu

Resources Mentioned:


Podcast hashtag #talkingoffthecouch and #TOTCpodcast

Email: info@talkingoffthecouch.com

Ep.47. Money & Mental Health

This week’s episode I speak with my guest Courtney Sanders about Finances, Budgeting, and Mental Wellness. We go into the two ways to set up your accounts like Segregated funds and Automatic Savings, best apps for saving and budgeting, and business strategies.

Courtney Sanders as seen in Forbes and Essence is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She is the founder of Think and Grow Chick which was birthed in 2009, when she made some not-so-smart decisions and found herself drowning in debt, bad grades, and the possibility of not being able to finish my college education. From this she begin to blog about her journey and it has gotten her to the place she is at today. She is a sought-after speaker focusing on Woman’s Empowerment and finances.

Takeaways from this episode:

1) Start Now when it comes to Saving.

2) When it comes to Business it doesn’t have to look pretty. Consistency doesn’t have to look the same all the time, but the End result needs to be the same.

3) Take time for You!

Where you can find Courtney:

Web: www.thinkandgrowchick.com

Facebook: @thinkandgrowchick

Instagram: @thinkngrowchick

Twitter: @thinkngrowchick

Resources and Books Mentioned:

Think and Grow Rich

The Richest Man in Babylon

No Excuses Woman-21-Day Self-Discipline Challenge located on Courtney’s website

Simple App and Temi App


Ep. 46. Teen Talk and 13 Reasons Why

This week’s episode I speak with my guest Jaynay C. Johnson about all things teens and the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. Did you know that your teen is suppose to be 13 in order to have social media?

Jaynay C. Johnson, MFT is an award-winning teen therapist, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owns Teen Talk, a premier therapy and educational company and the co-founder of The Black Brain Campaign. She was named in Huffington Post as one of the 10 black female therapists to know. She is a sought-after speaker on teen emotional issues. Featured as a media personality that has written or been featured by Black Enterprise, Thriveworks, Essence, Philadelphia Tribune, and more. She holds a BS degree from Delaware State University and a MA degree from LaSalle University. In 2017, Johnson was awarded the inaugural Phenomenal Women Award for her dedicated work with teenagers. Johnson served as the second woman to give a keynote speech at a high school since opening in 2009. Johnson is the author of Dear Teen Self: Tips to help teenage girls navigate adolescence and My Dear Teen Self: Guided Journal to help teens explore feelings/social scenarios.

Takeaways from this episode:

1) Teenagers aren’t terrible and they are seeking conversation.
2) It’s ok to engage with your teen and it’s important.

Where you can find Janay:

Web: www.teentherapytalk.com

Facebook: @teentalktherapy
Instagram: @teentalktherapy
Twitter: @teentalktherapy

Resources and Books Mentioned:

Dear Teen Self: Tips to help teenage girls navigate adolescence

My Dear Teen Self: Guided Journal to help teens explore feelings/social scenarios.

Bonus: Insecure

This is a Bonus episode!! After watching Insecure last night I had to come talk to you all!! I think this was one of the realest episodes for me and I wanted to share my thoughts.

EP.45. Personal Struggles 2 & Grieving the Loss of the Living

This week’s episode is a follow up to episode 23 where I spoke about my personal struggles with my father having a medical illness called Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and how it has been affecting me mentally. I also take about grieving the loss of the living. I gave 3 tips to help process the grief.

Takeaways from this episode:
1. Feel the grief.
2. Cherish the memories.
3. Accept that the past is the past.

Resources Mentioned:

EP. 44. In The Barber Shop

This week’s episode I speak my guest Charles Catchings. Charles and I talk about men and mental health, how important self-care is to men, cultural and social identity, we talk about vulnerability, and how a bunch of guys with problems is helping a bunch of guys with problems.

The Barber Shop Group is an umbrella organization that advocates for all men’s wellness while creating space for targeted groups to have serious discussions without fear of reprisal and shame. In today’s climate, many people shake their sticks at such an approach but my professional and personal experience has shown me the most effective way for our organization to advocate for men’s mental health. Currently, we have three media ventures: our podcast, a live weekly radio show allowing listeners to interact with a trained therapist, and an upcoming webtv talkshow. We host men’s retreats around the country allowing men to engage in group discussions of wellbeing and gain access to one-on-one counseling and mentoring, all while doing “guy” stuff.

Charles Catchings has been involved in mental health-care in a variety of capacities since 2003. I first started working in a boys’ group-home setting providing direct care and mentoring. I quickly found myself swept up into a world where men were sorely needed but absent. This was even truer of African-American men as many of the residents were either African-American or came from inner-cities nearby. Early in that experience, I learned a bit about my ability to connect and relate to the clients, in part due to my own background and my desire to be an open vessel for people in need. Though I maintained several jobs during that time, I realized I was to work in the capacity of mental health and healing. Later, I transitioned to working with juvenile sex offenders. This was one of the more challenging positions, requiring me to work through some of my own sexual trauma while trying to understand and guide young men who were often the victims of sexual violence or sexual avoidance unbeknownst to the public.

I was commended for my work with this group and was asked to join a team of clinicians working with deaf and hard-of-hearing clients with co-occurring disorders. I was challenged to provide the same level of care while learning an entirely new language -American Sign Language- to convey messages of healing and hope. Lastly, I was given the opportunity to work with male and female AOD clients and this is my current focus.

Takeaways from this episode:

It’s ok to be vulnerable.
It’s ok to focus on mental health.
Self caress just as important for men.

Where you can find The Barber Shop Group:

Email: charles.catchings@thebarbershopgroup.com

Web: www.thebarbershopgroup.com

Facebook: @thebarbershopgrp
Instagram: @thebarbershopgrp
Twitter: @thebarbershopgrp

EP. 43. Entrepreneurship & Mental Health

This week’s episode I speak my guest Dr. JaNaè Taylor. JaNaè and I talk about all things entrepreneurial from being an entrepreneur of color, mental health, how to set boundaries and promote self-care, we talk about being the BOSS, comparison, and the importance of social media.

Minding My BLACK Business is a movement and podcast dedicated to the mental health of Black Entrepreneurs, led by Dr. JaNaè Taylor. The goal is to engage, inform, and support other Black Entrepreneurs as they manage the business of work!

JaNaè is an Alabama native and a macaroni and cheese and brunch expert. She is also fluent in sarcasm, lover of neo-soul and big laughs with good people. Most importantly, JaNaè is a daughter, big sister, best friend, godmother, HBCU grad, and trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.

JaNaè is a licensed psychotherapist in Virginia Beach, VA, where she owns and operates, Taylor Counseling and Consulting Services. JaNaè works with Black men and women who are struggling with harmful self-evaluations. Therapy with JaNaè helps them create a more empowered and focused sense of self that is more aligned with their beliefs and values. JaNaè also provides consultations to Black Entrepreneurs, in every stage of the game, who are working to balance their mental health, Black identity, and successful businesses.

Consultations with JaNaè result in clearer expectations and greater understanding of how to manage self while executing their business identity.

Takeaways from this episode:

We work better together.
Search out black businesses on your community and support them.
Check-In on your Mental Health and do preventive care.

Where you can find Dr. JaNaè Taylor:

Web: www.mindingmyblackbusiness.com

Facebook: @mindingmyblackbusiness
Instagram: @mindingmyblackbusiness
Twitter: @mindingmyblackbiz

Podcast hashtag #talkingoffthecouch and #TOTCpodcast

Ep. 42 Adversity & Poundcake

This week’s episode I speak with a returning guest. Crystal Joseph and I talk about how to use music/hip hop to cope and promote self-care, we talk about being human beings not human doings and learn how to just be, work on your own timeline. We also speak on stress, adversity, and business.

Crystal is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, National Certified Counselor, and Board-Certified Case Manager. Holding a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Crystal’s clinical training includes: Cognitive Behavior Therapy within individual, family, and group therapy settings. Crystal specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Racial Identity formation, and Cultural Trauma in African-Americans. Her love for psychology began in high school after completing college-level psychology classes. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology from the College of William and Mary with a secondary major of Black Studies. As the author of Conversation with A Clinician of Color: Likeness, Lucy & Lemonade, and POUNDCAKE & Private Practice: Five Things I Learned During my First Year. Crystal hopes to break down the stigma of seeking mental health treatment in the Black community with first-person commentary.

Where you can find Crystal:
Web: www.poundcakeandprivatepractice.com
Instagram: @poundcakeandprivatepractice
Twitter: @poundcakeandpp

Resources and Books Mentioned:
Conversation with A Clinician of Color: Likeness, Lucy & Lemonade
POUNDCAKE & Private Practice: Five Things I Learned During my First Year

Ep. Ep. 41. Depression & Suicide Shedding Light in the Darkness

Talking Off The Couch podcast focuses on mental health and mental wellness within the community of color. Tatiana Smith who is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas decided that it is time to shed light and break stigmas about mental health/wellness in the communities of color. This podcast is a voice for the mental health community as well as the average person. Talking Off The Couch will make you feel Ok about not being Ok.

This week’s episode I speak with my guest Mental Health Advocate T-Kea Blackman. T-Kea shares her story about suicide, depression diagnosis, hospitalization, and why she wants to be a voice for mental health. We also speak on the church and lack of support. T-Kea wants to educate and help bridge the gap of mental health.

T-Kea Blackman is a mental health advocate, speaker and writer who lives by the Toni Payne quote, “I rather be living my truth happily than living a lie miserably.” She is the creator and host of the Fireflies Unite Podcast, a weekly podcast dedicated to bringing light into darkness (just like the fireflies) by sharing the stories of individuals thriving with mental illness within communities of color despite the disadvantages and racism that negatively impact their mental health. T-Kea’s articles have been published on The Mighty, Urban Faith, Blavity, and 21 Ninety. Making a digital footprint, her articles have garnered over 50,000 views and encouraged individuals to seek treatment.

To follow T-Kea’s journey and listen to her podcast, visit www.firefliesunite.com and connect with her @firefliespod on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Where you can find T-Kea Blackman:

Web: www.firefliesunite.com

Facebook: @firefliespod
Instagram: @firefliespod
Twitter: @firefliespod

Resources and Books Mentioned:

Podcast hashtag #talkingoffthecouch and #TOTCpodcast
Email: info@talkingoffthecouch.com
Facebook-Talking off the Couch Podcast
Facebook Group-Talking Off The Couch Village
Twitter- podcasttotc

If you are interested in working with Tatiana as a therapist you can find out more about her services at www.tsmithcounseling.com

If you have questions or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, email us at: talkingoffthecouch@gmail.com

Ep. 40. Autism In Color

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Maria Davis-Pierre about Autism In Black. Maria informed us on what autism is, how involving culture within treatment is important, who are the 3 doctors you should seek when looking for a diagnoses, the importance of support, and how to ensure your child is treated fairly in the school system.

Maria Davis-Pierre is the founder of Autism in Black Inc. She is a therapist, coach, speaker, and advocate. After going through the process of getting her daughter diagnosed at 18 months, Maria changed her specialty and began working heavily in the Autism community. In January of 2018 Maria launched her 2nd private practice Autism in Black Inc., which aims to provide support to black parents who have a child on the spectrum, through educational and advocacy services. Autism in Black Inc. is dedicated to bringing awareness and acceptance to Autism Spectrum Disorder and reducing the stigma associated with ASD in the black community.

Maria is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Maria is currently working on her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova as well.

Maria’s passion is being an autism advocate with her mission being to bring awareness to the impact culture can have regarding an ASD diagnosis. You can go to www.autisminblack.org to subscribe to the monthly newsletter and check out all the other great resources on the site.

Where you can find Maria Davis-Pierre:

Email: info@autisminblack.org

Web: http://www.autisminblack.org/

Facebook: @autisminblk
Instagram: @autisminblack
Twitter: @autisminblack

Resources and Books Mentioned:



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