Ep. 31 The Truth About Psychotropic Meds

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Napatia T. Gettings, MD, FAACAP about The Truth about Psychotropic Medications and how we view them especially in the communities of color.

Napatia T. Gettings, M.D. FAACAP has a wide array of clinical and leadership experience that has solidified her expertise in the field of Psychiatry. She readily proclaims that we are all a product of our collective experiences, biological predispositions and nurturing process. Dr. Gettings’ practice within the field of psychiatry includes advocacy, legislative policy, mental health awareness and patient education. She is a married mother of four who currently practices in Orland Park, Illinois.

She is the President and Medical Director of The Full Circle Alliance Inc., a private mental health practice that opened its doors in 2014. She has written for both The Daily Southtown (formerly Southtown Star) [CC1] and Mind Matters, the Illinois Psychiatric Society’s monthly newsletter. Her clinical work has also been noted in a special report on Chicago gun violence featured in Ebony Magazine in August 2013. In May 2015, she was elected as the Secretary of the Illinois Psychiatric Society.

Where you can find Dr. Napatia T. Gettings:

Web: www.clarionconscience.com
Facebook: /NapatiaTGettingsMD
Instagram: @napatiat.gettingsmd
Twitter: @NapatiaGettings

Resources and Books Mentioned: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome-Dr. Joy DeGruy

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Ep. 30 Teen Suicide and Trauma



Yay!!! 30th Episode!! This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC about Teen Suicide, Trauma, and other issues within the communities of Color, Hispanic, and Native American.

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, and founder of Anchored in Knowledge.com. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and YouTube.


Resources and Books: Understanding and Helping Teens: Therapeutic Strategies For Parents and Teachers From a Trauma Therapist

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Ep. 29. Sexless Marriages & Open Relationships

This week’s episode I speak with my guest therapist Tasnim Sulaiman, MFT, LPC about Sexless Marriages, Open Relationships, and all things Sex.

Tasnim Sulaiman is the owner of Taz Talk Therapy, a private practice specialized in relationships and sex therapy. Tasnim, (warmly known as Taz), is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor located in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to being a skilled psychotherapist, Taz is also a professional speaker, presenter, LPC supervisor, and offers trainings and workshops for other clinical professionals. She works part-time as a sexuality behavioral consultant for adults with intellectual disabilities and as an Adjunct Professor teaching human sexuality. Taz has a mission to help educate, prioritize, and heal mental/emotional health issues, especially pertaining to relationships and sexuality.

Where you can find Tasnim:
Web: www.taztalktherapy.com
Facebook: @taztalktherapy
Instagram: @_taztalktherapy_


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Ep. 28: Therapy Is DOPE

This week’s episode I speak with my guests therapists Eliza Boquin and Eboni Harris Founders of Melanin & Mental Health™ about the importance of mental wellness, serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities, and how Therapy Is DOPE.

Melanin & Mental Health™ was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Founders and therapists Eliza Boquin and Eboni Harris are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory, and regular event.

Where you can find Melanin & Mental Health™ :
https://linktr.ee/melaninandmentalhealth
Facebook: melaninandmentalhealth
Instagram: @melaninandmentalhealth
Twitter: @MelaninHealth

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Ep. 27 #RelationshipGoals

This week’s episode I speak with my guest LaTrease L. Nwosu, Relationship Specialist about relationship goals, what emotional safety is, self love/self awareness, and how to be a happy satisfied single.

LaTrease L. Nwosu has an M.A in Counseling, Couples and Families from University of Colorado Denver. She is currently a resident therapist at The Relationship Center at East Beach in Norfolk, VA. Where she counsels couples while utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). A theory geared towards helping couples discover their negative interactions within their relationship, and finding ways to build connection through deeply understanding how to shift those interactions into more positive emotionally attuned interactions.

She is also founder and owner of Connecting 2 Love. This is a relationship consulting agency where she focuses on helping people enhance the relationships in their lives. She supports people in developing healthy, positive, and lasting emotional connections. She provides support with intimate and interpersonal relationships.

LaTrease has coined the term “Relationship Specialist” because her work and education have provided her with the knowledge and skills to support individuals and couples through this journey of connection in relationships. Most of her work is around helping people have a better connection with their emotions to better connect to loved ones.

Where you can find LaTrease L. Nwosu :
www.connecting2love.com
Facebook:connecting2love
Instagram: @connecting2love
Twitter: @connecting2love

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Ep. 26 Narcissistic Parenting

This week’s episode I speak with my guest Dr. Kelly Williams, Psy. D about borderline personality disorder, narcissism, narcissistic parenting, and how to know if you are in relationship with a narcissist.

Kelly Williams is a Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who specializes in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Trauma Recovery, and assisting impaired treatment providers with mental health treatment.

Her career in Mental Health Services began as a Substance Abuse Therapist at the Gateway Foundation, a dual-diagnosis residential and outpatient treatment program. She later transitioned to employment at Southern Illinois University’s Clinical Center, where she trained other practitioners to facilitate treatment with Veterans returning from deployment with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. and providing counseling services to University Students.

In 2010, she relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California to pursue a doctorate and began employment as a Community Outpatient Therapist at San Gabriel Valley. She works with individuals between ages 3-25 years, with a range of diagnoses. Additionally, she is contracted to work with a Psychologist to provide clinical services and assessments to individuals with chronic mental illness varying from Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder treatments.

Where you can find Kelly Williams:

WWW.DRKELLYAWILLIAMS.COM

Instagram: @DRKELLYAWILLIAMS

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EP. 25 Man Cave

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 Montigus Jackson, LMHC about black men and therapy, the past, the importance of a father, and blended families.

Montigus Jackson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in adolescents and adults for individual, couples, and family therapy. He is serving Palm Beach County and maintains his private
practice, Starting Pointe Counseling Services, in Royal Palm Beach, FL. With almost a decade of experience in the mental health, substance abuse, and social service fields, he is experienced in
many areas which include relationship issues, at-risk youth, emotional disturbances (depression and anxiety), and substance addictions.

Montigus began to venture into public speaking events starting later in 2015 at the Palm Beach County Library. Here he analyzed one of the most watched TED Talk – Dan Gilbert’s ‘Why We Make Bad
Decisions’ in order to foster group discussion and analysis on the driving forces behind our decision making. Montigus was recently featured in an article in the Huffington Post titled “15 Black Male Therapists You Should Know”. In addition, he served as an expert mental health contributor for an article on Bussle.com, “11 Things To Never Say To Someone Who Has Anxiety”. Montigus is
passionate about the field of mental health and hopes to empower, educate and build awareness!

Montigus is an interactive therapist using an eclectic approach to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complimentary
methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Montigus believes he can use his private practice to inspire self-independence, restore families, and empower his community!

Where you can find Montigus Jackson.:

www.startingpointecounseling.com
facebook.com/startingpointecounseling
instagram.com/startingpointecounseling
twitter.com/SPointecounsel

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EP. 24 Smart Goals

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 about SMART Goals. I break down how to set your goals in a way that will ensure realistic goals for yourself and help with mental wellness. Hashtag for this episode is #smartgoalstotc


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Healthy Relationships & Communication Tools

This week’s episode I speak with my guest Kiaundra Jackson, LMFT about what makes a relationship healthy. We also discussed communication, infidelity, and the effects of social media in relationships.

Kiaundra Jackson is the Visionary of KW Couples Therapy, and the Co-Founder of KW Essential Services and Black Speakers Rock. She has been featured in the Huffington Post as one of the ‘10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know.’ She is a professional speaker, author, and a trusted Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that gets results. As a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: Premarital and Marital issues, Anger Management, Addiction, Anxiety and Depression, Life Transition, Grief, Loss and Bereavement, and Faith Based Counseling. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, eclectic, and tailored to my client(s) needs to make sure each person is cared for biologically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Through her early work, she discovered the importance of having healthy relationships. From that point on, she chose to specialize in helping couples strengthen and repair their relationships. She specializes in improving intimacy with couples by increasing effective two-way communication. She is dedicated to helping couples increase sexual, physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy. Kiaundra specializes in working with couples who truly desire to maintain a healthy, long-lasting relationship and uncover their true potential.

Kiaundra’s vision is to help 10,000 couples heal their relationships, prevent divorce, and keep families together.

Where you can find Kiaundra Jackson.:
www.kwcouplestherapy.com
Instagram: @kiaundrajackson

Resources and Books:
The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman
The 7. Principles for Making Marriage Work by Gottman & Silver

Staying Sane in an Insane World: A Prescription for Even Better Mental Health:

The Art of Healthy Relationships: 7 Components Every Relationship Should Have to Thrive:

(FREEBIE) Couples Edition: The Do’s and Dont’s of Effective Communication:

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MasterClass: How I Wrote 2 Books Within 30 Days!

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Before You Say “I Do:” 75 Questions to Ask Your Significant Other Before Heading to the Altar

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​​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. 


Where you can find Crystal Joseph:

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IG and Twitter: thereal_psycyourmind

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