​​Cultural Trauma and Anxiety

This week’s episode I speak with Crystal Joseph about cultural trauma, identity, and the black church. 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, Crystal hopes to break down the stigma of seeking mental health treatment in the Black community with first-person commentary. Crystal touts herself as a “people’s champion” providing authentic reflection to those who require assistance to achieve their life goals via therapeutic intervention. Crystal gained care coordination experience in a private DC-Metropolitan firm.  Simultaneously serving as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional and pursuing her graduate degree, Crystal acquired collaborative skills and combined it with leadership training while managing a Department of Health licensed intermediate care facility. Her love for research afforded her the ability to work with Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry to develop a white paper on the subject of case management. 

Not only does she practice in an office setting, she is an active citizen in her community. Returning to the College of William and Mary, Crystal was featured on the “Onward and Upward: Alumni of Color Career Conversation” panel sharing her unique trajectory as a Black, female business owner hosted in the Cohen Career Center; sponsored by the Hulon Willis Alumni Association, LatinX, and the office of University Advancement. This event served as impetus for mentorship and internship of aspiring clinicians. During Minority Mental Health month, which is observed during July, Crystal fielded questions for the Human Rights Campaign (national office) Facebook live stream, “Nothing to Hide,” a series of panels held to promote mental health and wellness in the LGBTQIA+ community. As a sponsor for Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., she created a team to participate in the annual Hope Without Boundaries 5K Run/Walk. Crystal presented on mental health hot topics and the pastoral relationship in Orlando, Florida for Mennonite Church USA national convention. She served as an expert panelist during a community forum hosted by her home church C3 Church in Hampton, Virginia, moderated by actor Lamman Rucker. Topics discussed were based on Greenleaf, a drama series broadcasted on the Oprah Winfrey Network. 

Crystal is a volunteer of the Disaster Mental Health function of the American Red Cross, National Capitol region. 

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