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

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NAMI

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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:

https://m-chat.org/

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide

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Ep. 39 Addiction and Codependency

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Shemiah Derrick about how addiction can be more then drugs and alcohol it can be behavioral, personality, or shopping. We will also talk about codependency, what it is and how to change this behavior. Lastly, Shemiah will give us three ways we can identify addiction.

Shemiah Derrick is a psychotherapist in Chicago. She works with individuals, couples and families in both the community mental health and private practice setting and focuses on anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, self-efficacy and trauma.
She is committed and passionate about working with those who are concerned about unhealthy patterns or those struggling with addictive tendencies, helping to reduce harm and better manage urge-driven behaviors.

In addition to being a skilled psychotherapist, she regularly contributes and is cited in a variety of media resources as an expert on mental health issues. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) and has obtained
certifications in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counseling and Domestic Violence Advocacy.

She was most recently selected as a Featured Expert for Marriage.com to provide guidance and advice for married couples and individuals who are in, looking to be in or improve their dating relationships.

Where you can find Shemiah Derrick:

Email: findpeace@shemiahderrick.com

Web: ShemiahDerrick.com

Instagram: @shemiahderrick
Twitter: @shemiahderrick

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Ep. 38. Hip Hop & Mental Health

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Robert Fields about how hip hop and therapy can led to mental healing. You will hear how you can intertwine hip hop and mental health, mental health and incarceration, and the importance of mental health awareness/education within the community.

Robert Fields, M.A. is a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) based in Durham, NC, and has been providing psychological services for 15 years. Rob has worked with a variety of clients including veterans, adjudicated youth in the juvenile justice system, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently, Rob works with incarcerated men within the prison system. Also, he works at a private agency providing services to families, teens, emerging adults, and men.

Rob is known for incorporating hip hop in treatment and in mental health education. He uses social media to pair mental health information with hip hop culture. He also knows firsthand the challenges of dealing with depression and is passionate about working with males around mental health concerns. Rob works to educate and to help reduce the stigma by making the topic of mental health more relatable, useful, and transparent.

In addition to his clinical practice, Rob is very active in his community. He is the Director of Community Outreach for Black Jedi Zulu, a hip hop oriented community service organization founded by Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder in Raleigh, NC. Furthermore, he regularly volunteers with various causes in the community. Finally, Rob mentors students in the mental health field and early-career clinicians.

Where you can find Robert Fields:

Instagram: @mosley17

Twitter: @mosley17

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EP. 37 Therapy and Cosmetology

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Zeahlot Lopez about how Cosmetology led to therapy. You will learn what it’s like to be a Latina therapist, working with people of color and the importance of mental health awareness/education within the community.

Zeahlot Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Cosmetologist helping humans rebuild their spirit. Guided by her intuition, clinical training, life experiences, and some luck she currently helps individuals and families lead a happier life! Aside from providing mental health services to better the lives of her clients, she enjoys providing coaching services to entrepreneurs and those looking to increase their emotional intelligence. She enjoys comedy, singing in her shower, and cooking new dishes.

Where you can find Zeahlot Lopez:

Web: http://www.vidatherapy.co

Instagram: @vidatherapy

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EP. 36. Family Drama Tips

This week’s episode I give 5 Tips to deal with Family Drama.

1. Understand we cannot change our family or people.

2. Set Boundaries and maintain them.

3. Do not relinquish or release your power.

4. Identify the source early on.

5. Understand that the drama might not have to deal specifically with you.

EP. 35 Traumatic Brain Injury

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Angela Scott Mason, PSYD, LPC about Traumatic Brain Injury. You will learn what is TBI, how you can get a TBI and how to cope with it.

Angela Scott-Mason, is a native of Mississippi and has Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD). She has worked in the mental health field for approximately 15 years. Angela’s early career consisted of working as a milieu therapist in a long-term residential clinic for children with a history of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and abandonment. In addition to offering therapeutic services to children and adults, She also have extensive experience administering and interpreting psychological and neuropsychological tests.

Angela has worked with various populations including people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2016, She began to establish a program that would provide psychological and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as psycho-education for people with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries. Angela is passionate about encouraging her patients, promoting spiritual and personal growth, as well as helping them redefine their self-worth.

Where you can find Angela Scott Mason:

Email: drscottmasontng@gmail.com

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Ep. 34 Why You Angry?

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Sharon J. Lawrence, LCSW-C, LCSW, ACSW, EAS-C, CAMS-II, DCC of Selah Wellness & Therapeutic Services, LLC about how to deal with Anger, anger management, and the importance of self. You will learn what is anger and how to cope with it.

Sharon J. Lawrence is the Owner/Primary Clinician of Selah Wellness & Therapeutic Services, LLC located in Largo, Maryland. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Anger Management Specialists-II, Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator and Trainer, Certified Life Coach, Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Social Work (MD) and is credentialed as an Employee Assistance Specialist-Clinician. She has over 15 years experience working with children, adults, couples and families within the following settings: mental health, substance abuse, foster care, family court, and developmental disabilities.

Ms. Lawrence is a Therapist for Therapists, Professionals and Couples. Her passion is to help improve the lives of clinicians and professionals who manage the day to day responsibility of caring for others. As part of her direct practice, she also runs a court approved Anger Management Program for Adults which focuses on teaching participants how to manage their emotions and live a more productive life.

Where you can find Sharon Lawrence:

Web: http://www.myselahwellness.com/

Facebook: @Myselahwellness
Instagram: @Myselahwellness
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Ep. 33 Dysfuctional Family and Your Edges

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab, LCSW of Kaleidoscope Counseling about how to deal with Dysfunctional Family and Your Edges. With Easter just passing and possible other family gatherings how can you learn to appreciate the family that you are given and set boundaries with those family members?

Nedra Glover Tawwab, LCSW founder of Kaleidoscope Counseling is licensed as a clinical social work in North Carolina. She earned her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University with additional training in working with couples. For 10 years, she has counseled people who want to improve their overall functioning.

Nedra founded Kaleidoscope Counseling in 2011 with the intention of providing individualized, empathic and eclectic care in an aesthetically pleasing environment. In the Charlotte, NC area, She is known for providing couples counseling and helping people with a variety of anxiety and depression related issues. Nedra helps couples recover from affairs, improve communication, co-parent and rekindle lost connection. In addition to relationship counseling, She enjoys working with people dealing with long-term patterns of dysfunction in their family, problems from childhood affecting relationships or work, parents managing life demands, managing transitions and traumatic issues such as abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.

Where you can find Dr. Nedra Tawwab:

Web: www.KaleidoscopeCounselingpllc.com

Podcast: Pack Light Mental Health for the Culture

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Ep. 32. Ordering Your Broken Pieces

This week’s episode I speak about how to Order Your Broken Pieces and have Peace.

​Resources Mention: Roses & Thorns

Web: www.janelbarksdale.com

Facebook: roses&thorns

Instagram: @rosesthornes225

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