Therapy for Black Girls

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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 version of ourselves.

  • 1 hour 1 minute
    Session 360: What We're Watching

    It’s been a while since we had some time on the podcast to catch up on all things TV, Music, and Pop Culture and there is a lot to unpack. From the well-documented rap beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, to our queen Beyonce’s latest release of Cowboy Carter, not to mention the recent Met Gala, it was time to sit down and have another one of our fan-favorite producer chats.

    Joining me for today’s pop culture rundown is our Senior Producer, Ellice Ellis and Production Assistant, Zariah Taylor. We discuss all of the aforementioned topics, plus dive into some of my recent obsessions like the CW drama All American and this year’s WNBA boom.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Our Guests

    Ellice Ellis

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

     

    Zariah Taylor

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producer: Ellice Ellis

    Production Assistant: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    22 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 45 seconds
    Session 359: Unpacking Black Women's Humor

    When I think about Black women’s humor, I think about the subtle glances we share when something ridiculous happens in public, the physicality of slapping each other on the back after a really good joke, or the ways in which you can always tell just how a girlfriend is feeling by looking at the expression on her face. Even when meeting a Black woman who is a complete stranger, we still find ways to connect over our shared sense of humor.

    To talk a little more about the subtle nuances of Black women’s humor, and why humor is so sacred to us, today we're joined by professor, researcher, and Black humor scholar, Dr. Erica-Brittany Horhn. During our conversation, we chat about what makes Black women so funny, how Black women have historically used humor to combat the psychological impacts of oppression, and the ways in which Black women’s humor is passed down generationally.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Dr. Horhn

    Instagram

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producer: Ellice Ellis

    Production Assistant: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    15 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 43 minutes 22 seconds
    Session 358: Tending to Youth Mental Health

    After living through a global pandemic, missing years of in-person interaction, and dealing with the constant onslaught of violence displayed on social media, I think it’s safe to say that our kids are far from alright. 

    Joining me today to talk about some of the top concerns youth are facing when it comes to their mental health is fellow psychologist, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble. A thought leader in her field, Dr. Alfiee focuses on mental health and suicide prevention for intersectional Youth and Young Adults of Color. She is a regular media contributor for outlets like The Grio, Today Show, The Breakfast Club, the New York Times, and others. During our conversation, we discuss the impact of racial trauma on youth mental health, how parents can monitor their child’s activity without invading their privacy, and strategies for cultivating an environment in which a child can express themselves freely.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Dr. Alfiee

    Dr. Alfiee’s Website

    AAKOMA Project Tiktok

    AAKOMA Project Instagram

    AAKOMA Project Facebook

    AAKOMA Project Website

    AAKOMA Project LinkedIn

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producer: Ellice Ellis

    Production Assistant: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    8 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 44 minutes 45 seconds
    Session 357: Shedding the Shoulds

    Take a second to think of all the things in your life you’ve been told you “should” do. I should eat more healthy. I should be a better mom. I should have a partner. Now, imagine how much freer you could be by transforming those shoulds into cans, allowing you the ability to pursue your desires without shame.

    To talk with me today about why women should stop should-ing themselves is returning guest Dr. Melissa Robinson Brown. Dr. Mel is a licensed clinical psychologist, health & wellness enthusiast, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. During our conversation, we discussed how to notice when you’ve developed a pattern of should-ing on yourself or others, the importance of having a strong group of friends who can help you combat negative self-talk, and how parents can stop the cycle of “should-ing” by embracing grace and compassion.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Dr. Mel

    Website

    Instagram

    TikTok

    Coaching Waitlist

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producer: Ellice Ellis

    Production Assistant: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    1 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 37 minutes 18 seconds
    Session 356: Black People & Hospital Neglect

    It’s no secret that the relationship between Black people and the healthcare system is a fraught one. And as medical racism continues to go unaddressed, we’re seeing more and more negative health outcomes for Black patients, including the perpetuation of harmful conspiracy theories and hesitance to seek medical help when in need. 

    Joining me this week to talk about the history and statistics behind some of these outcomes is health advocate and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Uché Blackstock. Dr. Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, an organization created with the mission of partnering with healthcare organizations to dismantle racism in healthcare and to close the gap in racial health inequities. During our conversation, we discuss some of the most prevalent examples of hospital neglect experienced by Black patients, how healthcare systems can better engage with Black communities in order to engender trust, and how Black medical students can find support while studying to become physicians.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Dr. Blackstock

    Advancing Health Equity Website

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Website

    LinkedIn

    Read ‘Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine’

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producer: Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    24 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 47 minutes 1 second
    TBG U: Sisterhood in the Divine 9

    Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into the inaugural class of Therapy for Black Girls University. Whether packing for a new year on campus, thinking through your gap year, enrolling in a community college, or grabbing your stoles for graduation, TBG U is here to help you thrive at this stage of your life and beyond.

    One of the most alluring parts of the college experience is Greek Life, but many people don’t know the ins and outs of sorority life. For those of you who don’t know, I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, so I decided to gather my fellow Divine 9 sisters for a conversation about sorority life and the impact of the Divine 9 at large. 

    Joining me for this roundtable are 4 impactful college-aged women who represent each of the D9 sororities. Their names are Ryann Phillips, Valesha Rhodes, Trinity Perkins, and Tumi Adeyoju (UH-DAY-JEW). They are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, respectively. 

    In our conversation today, we dispel some common misconceptions about sorority life, bond over the joys of sisterhood, and discuss how we’ve balanced our mental wellness with our sorority responsibilities.

    Where to Find Our Guests

    Ryann

    Instagram

    TikTok

    Tumi

    Instagram

    TikTok

    YouTube

    Pinterest

    Valesha

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Listen to ‘The Venuisan Vault’ Podcast

    Trinity

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

     

    AFFIRMATIONS

    • I am surrounded by sisters who uplift and support me in all aspects of my life
    • I am a reflection of a strong legacy of black sisterhood within my community
    • I am deserving of the sisterhood, mentorship, and lifelong connections that are ahead of me.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Instagram

    TikTok

     

    Interested in being a part of a future TBG U episode or suggesting a topic for us to discuss, send us a note HERE

    Order a copy of Sisterhood Heals for you and your girls HERE

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    TBG University Host & Coordinator: Jayna Ellis

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    23 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 41 minutes 31 seconds
    Session 355: The Work of Death Doulas

    It is guaranteed that everyone on this Earth will eventually die, and yet, the process is made difficult with considerations such as appointing an authorized representative, leaving dependents behind, and other bureaucratic formalities that can be outright cruel to deal with when you’re already experiencing grief. Stepping in to help with these considerations are death doulas, who work to make this monumental transition as smooth as possible for both the dying and their families.

    To talk with us today about what it means to be a death doula, this week we're joined by death doula and newly-published author of the memoir ‘Briefly Perfect Human,’ Alua Arthur. Alua is the founder of Going with Grace, a death doula training and end-of-life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question, “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” During our conversation we discussed the training and certifications required to become a death doula, how death doulas assist both the dying and their families in making end-of-life decisions, and how dying means becoming comfortable with the idea of leaning on our community for support. 

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Alua

    Website

    Instagram

    Read ‘Briefly Perfect Human’

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    17 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 36 minutes 2 seconds
    Session 354: ICYMI, Pregnancy & Postpartum Concerns

    In honor of Black Maternal Health Week we’re circling back to one of our inventory episodes that so many of you enjoyed. For our new listeners, you’re in for a treat.

    This episode features Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) here in the state of Georgia. In our conversation Dr. Kristy and I discuss what life can look like during pregnancy, birth and in the postpartum period. Plus we explored the growing research around Black women’s experiences giving birth, how the process of giving birth can be traumatic, the difference between postpartum depression and “the baby blues”, and how Black women can be strong advocates for ourselves in medical settings.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    We're having our 1st Live Podcast Event on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are now available and can be purchased at therapyforblackgirls.com/liveshow

    Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast.

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway

    Website

    Facebook

    Twitter

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    10 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 38 minutes 10 seconds
    Session 353: Art Therapy 101

    Playing with markers, clay, and stencils is something we may recall fondly from our youth, but today dismiss as childish. Art Therapy, however, is a very legitimate and relaxing form of therapy for all ages that challenges us to think through our emotions by putting pen to paper. To tell us more, today we're joined by Chicago based artist and registered art therapist, Pierra D. Brown. Since graduating with her Master’s from the School of the Art Institute, she’s worked both in communities, schools, and hospitals to provide clinical services to people of all ages.

    During our conversation, Pierra and I discuss the training needed to become an art therapist, how art therapy can be used as an alternative or in supplement with traditional talk therapy, and what art therapy can teach us about shedding our perfectionist habits.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    We're having our 1st Live Podcast Event on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are now available and can be purchased at therapyforblackgirls.com/liveshow

    Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast.

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Pierra

    Instagram

    TikTok

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    3 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 39 minutes 35 seconds
    TBG U: Celebrating One Year!

    Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into the inaugural class of Therapy for Black Girls University. Whether packing for a new year on campus, thinking through your gap year, enrolling in a community college, or grabbing your stoles for graduation, TBG U is here to help you thrive at this stage of your life and beyond.

    Can you believe it’s been one year since the launch of TBG University? It feels like just yesterday when the TBG team first conceptualized the idea of a platform that provided support and community for college-aged Black women. Today, we’re celebrating by reflecting on the genesis of TBG U and sharing some behind-the-scenes insights. Zariah Taylor, our Podcast Production Intern joins Jayna Ellis, TBG U Coordinator & Podcast Host to share a little bit about themselves and their journey working at TBG, their hopes for TBG U’s future, and a sneak peek of some of the exciting things you can look forward to in the next year.  

    Where to Find Zariah

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    Where to Find Jayna

    Instagram 

    LinkedIn

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Instagram

    TikTok

     

    Interested in being a part of a future TBG U episode or suggesting a topic for us to discuss, send us a note HERE

    Order a copy of Sisterhood Heals for you and your girls HERE

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    TBG University Host & Coordinator: Jayna Ellis

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    2 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 43 minutes 17 seconds
    Session 352: Becoming A Widow

    One of life’s most profound and devastating experiences can be losing a spouse. It’s a journey that can be marked by sorrow and the reshaping of one's identity, but it’s not one you have to go on alone. For today’s conversation, I’m joined by author, veteran journalist, and speaker Leslie Streeter. Leslie is the author of the memoir, “Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title.” A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she and her work have been featured in The Washington Post, CNN, the Atlantic, and more.

    During our conversation today, Leslie and I discuss the shifting stages of grief in the aftermath of losing a spouse, how having a village aided her through the death of her spouse, and what our society gets wrong about helping loved-ones through a grief experience.

    About the Podcast

    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.

    Resources & Announcements

    We're having our 1st Live Podcast Event on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are now available and can be purchased at therapyforblackgirls.com/liveshow

    I am guest hosting the Radio Headspace podcast this week! Check it out here

    Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast.

    Grab your copy of Sisterhood Heals.

     

    Where to Find Leslie

    Website

    Twitter/X

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Buy “Black Widow”

    Column

    Podcast

     

    Stay Connected

    Is there a topic you'd like covered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox.

    If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory.

    Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle community.therapyforblackgirls.com

    Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop.

    The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

     

    Make sure to follow us on social media:

    Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

    Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

    Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

     

    Our Production Team

    Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole Howard

    Producers: Fredia Lucas & Ellice Ellis

    Production Intern: Zariah Taylor

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    27 March 2024, 10:00 am
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