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Author: Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. & iHeartRadio

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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.

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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 versions of ourselves. As the days get shorter and the wind gets colder, you might be moving a little slower and feeling a little less motivated. And given the multiple stressors we’ve experienced this year, that’s not at all a surprise. Today we’re joined by Dr. Allycin Powell-Hicks to talk about seasonal affective disorder and how that might be heightening depressive symptoms you might have experienced in the past. Dr. Ally and I discussed tips for managing depressive symptoms, how we can tell if symptoms are something we should be concerned about, how to support ourselves in this very different holiday season, and some of the relationship challenges that have arisen during the pandemic and how to manage them. Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! Where to Find Dr. Ally https://www.allycinhicks.com/ Instagram: @allycinhicks Twitter: @allycinhicks 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 Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
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. Today we’re digging into the topic of consensual non-monogamy. While monogamous relationships may be the relationship types we hear about most often, they’re not the only relationships types that exist. To break it all down for us, I was joined by Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW, LCDC. Ruby and I discussed some of the most common misconceptions about consensual non-monogamy, how to determine whether a polyamorous relationship is a good fit for you, some considerations in a polyamorous relationship, how to unpack some of the stigma related to consensual non-monogamy, and of course she shares some of her favorite resources. Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! Multiamory podcast Poly Weekly podcast Normalizing Nonmonogamy podcast Monogamish podcast Wanderlust Poly Love Documentary Support Our Sponsors Get the Gen 4 Theragun at theragun.com/tbg Get 20% off a copy of The Little Book of Big Lies at harpercollins.com by using the code THERAPYFORBLACKGIRLS at checkout. Where to Find Ruby https://www.inamorata.me/ 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 Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
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. Whew! This has been a week. There is lots to unpack following last week's Presidential election so I invited two of my friends and colleagues to join me for the discussion. This week I am joined by Dr. Joy D. Beckwith and Dr. Ayanna Abrams, both Psychologists in Atlanta, GA. We chatted about how we’re feeling post-election, how many of the feelings we’re experiencing are the result of the trauma we’ve endured at the hands of our government, these ideas around Black women saving the world, and we discussed the power of representation and what it means to have VP-Elect Kamala Harris preparing to take office. Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! Support Our Sponsors Get the best sleep of your life by going to helixsleep.com/therapyforblackgirls to get up to 200 dollars off your mattress order and two free pillows. Where to Find Dr. Abrams https://www.ascensionbehavioralhealth.com/ Instagram: @dr_ayanna_a Facebook: @ascensionbehavioralhealth Where to Find Dr. Beckwith Instagram: @askdrjoy 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 Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
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. Have you ever used tarot cards or had some read for you? Have you heard others talk about using them and been curious for yourself? Well we’ve got you covered. To answer all of our questions about tarot, we’re joined this week by Princess-India Powell, LPC. Princess-India and I discussed what tarot is and how it can be useful, how she incorporates tarot into therapy when requested, how you can get started incorporating tarot into your life, and she shared some of her favorite resources.  Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! Support Our Sponsors Get a 30 day free trial of Curology at curology.com/tbg Grab a Quip toothbrush and get your first refill free at getquip.com/tbg Where to Find Princess-India Powell https://www.thewoketherapist.com/ Twitter: @woketherapist Instagram: @thewoketherapist Join us for a live Q&A with Princess-India on Nov. 13 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 Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
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. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been spending much of your time watching or re-watching some of your favorite shows from the past like Girlfriends, Living Single, or One on One. But did you know that there’s a very good reason why so many of us are turning to old favorites right now to help soothe ourselves? Joining us again this week to dig into why, is Dr. Alicia Little Hodge. She and I chatted about how nostalgia works to calm anxiety, how anxiety looks different since the pandemic, and she offers her perspective on managing our anxiety around the election season. Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! Shoulda Sharonda & Friends Thinking Styles Support Our Sponsors Make a plan to cast your vote and support voting rights at andstillivote.org Get free shipping on your variety pack of cereal at magicspoon.com/therapyforblackgirls Be sure to enter THERAPYFORBLACKGIRLS at checkout.  Where to Find Dr. Hodge Listen to Dr. Hodge on Session 38 of the podcast discussing anxiety. slayyouranxiety.com Twitter: @helpmehodge Instagram: @helpmehodge 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 Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
To help try and make sense of what’s been happening for the past couple of months, I’m joined today by my colleague and soror, Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson. Dr. Anderson and I discussed the impact the stress of the past couple of months has had on us, offered some perspective about why many of us may feel exhausted with the current political climate, and offers some tips on how to take care of ourselves so that we can keep going.
Today we’re digging into why there continues to be such a disparity in the way intimate partner violence is regarded when it involves Black women. Dr. Carolyn West joins us to discuss the role race plays in navigating intimate partner violence, the idea of the perfect victim, and suggestions for supporting women in your life who may be suffering abuse.
Bipolar disorders are among the most commonly misunderstood disorders when it comes to mental illness. There is still a lot of confusion about how this disorder presents and it’s also very often misdiagnosed. Psychiatrist Dr. Valdesha DeJean joins us to talk about the symptoms of Bipolar I and Bipolar II disorder, some of the treatment options typically suggested, the concerns related to creativity and medication, how to support a family member who’s been diagnosed, and she answers some community questi
Schooling likely looks very different for many families these days and there are many options to consider. We've heard from many members of our community that they've considered homeschooling but have been uncertain about where to start. So today we are joined again by Dr Kristy Christopher-Holloway, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CPCS, ACS, PMH-C. She's back this time to talk about her journey homeschooling her twins and sharing some information for you to consider.
Grab your tickets for our Sex Positive September Celebration at sexpositiveseptember.com. Today, Tanya Bass, also known as the Southern Sexologist joins us to talk about how we can engage in more sex positive thinking throughout our lives. She and I discussed some of the lesser known areas of sex we should be exploring, what it means to be asexual or aromantic, how to discuss your sexual health history with a partner and she shares some of her favorite resources for any one who wants to learn more.
Today we’ll be chatting about the ways the Black community has been disconnected from nature and the impact it has. For this conversation I was joined by J. Phoenix Smith, MSW. She and I chatted about her practice of liberation ecotherapy, how she combines all of her experiences in working with clients, how the trauma to the land shows up in our experiences, and of course she shared some of her favorite resources if you want to dig in more.
If your Instagram feed looks anything like mine, for months you’ve probably been seeing tons of beautiful sisters in their homes surrounded by lots of luscious green plants. It seems like many of us have found solace in plants and other connections to nature recently. We wanted to dig into what’s driving this for us so we found two experts to share about their work and how we can heal through nature.
We started this conversation last week when I shared a few questions for you to check in with yourself about your mental health. Given that September is National Suicide Prevention Month, I thought it was important to continue the conversation by discussing how you can cope and manage if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts.
I thought it was time for us to do another community check in given that there continue to be so many threats to our mental health. If you are not ok right now, it is totally understandable why you would not be. In this episode I share 5 questions to help you check in with yourself.
We know that our experiences of sexuality are as varied as we are and wanted to spend some time today digging into what it means to affirm your identity as a Queer person. For this conversation I was joined by Mychelle Williams, LPC & TV/Film Writer & Director, Felicia Pride.
Dr. Lexx Brown-James is back with us this week to chat about Cardi B & Meg the Stallion's newest release, WAP. Dr. Lexx and I chatted about the stereotypes that are often invoked in commentary about Black women’s sexuality, the importance of agency in sexual liberation, how respectability politics are used to shame Black women, and how we can unpack our own shame around sexuality to encourage healthier attitudes towards sexuality for our children.
If there’s anything we can use right now and in the coming months, it’s self compassion! Today I’m joined by Dr. Kristin Neff to chat about the many ways self compassion can be a helpful tool to help us get through difficult times. Dr. Neff and I chatted about what self compassion is, how it’s different from self esteem, how it can be helpful in mediating difficult emotions, and her favorite activity for practicing self compassion.
Dr. Boone and I chatted about why so many of us have turned to games like Animal Crossing during the pandemic, the evolution she’s seen in terms of making gaming a more inclusive space, tips for parenting your young gamers and she shared how her experiences as a Social Psychologist have made her uniquely suited for the work she does currently.
Dr. Brooks and I discussed the link between trauma and eating disorders, why there has been a spike in disordered eating during the pandemic, how to recognize if your relationship with food has become unhealthy, and the role that social media plays in eating disorders.
Dr. Lexx and I chatted about where these messages about partnership come from, what she considers the real work of partnership to be, 4 warning signs you want to be on the lookout for in your relationship, and she shares what vulnerability looks like in a partnership.
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STEPHANY ❤️

I love how your voice is very therapeutic and calming 🍃. I think you really gave great advice...I'll soon be in college/university and this was extremely helpful ✨thank you.

Oct 30th
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Tia Dunlap

I loved this. I'm looking into starting a home schooling situation for myself and my students.

Sep 30th
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Achieng Adongo

idk still feels like the denegration of black women. idk why people think this representation of black women is new. people have always thought of us this way, as the Jezebel character. WAP just feeds into that stereotype. why can't we have songs about black mothers, engineers, and scientists. why are we, as the beginning of the song says, characterized as whores.

Sep 21st
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ID19432022

Loving your content!!

Sep 11th
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Miss T

TY TY In the past, this was a prevalent part of my life. 🚨Being in constant crisis. **I'm glad you mentioned that it isn't a personal failure.** These are very useful tips of how someone can effectively hold space for another person while they are in crisis. I actually had to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan(WRAP) because I didn't have consistent resources to assist me during those times. It was useful as you advised to have a coping tools kit. I call it my GO BAG. It had to be ready for any moment of crisis. You listed so so many helpful things that I used & they were very effective. Namaste 🐬Peace 💃Shalom 🐒

Sep 9th
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christine nachamba

#youdidthat haha yes ma'am. I'll be naming mine the same now!

Sep 2nd
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Karen Watts

Outstanding topic thank you

Aug 5th
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Miss T

TY TY This was an informative packed episode with a wealth of symptoms of sexual abuse as well as helpful resources & how to handle said situations. Many praise men for being hypersexual & not realizing that their hypersexuality or homosexuality or bisexuality or even asexuality could be symptomatic of prior sexual abuse. Many females get demeaned for being hypersexual or even multiple pregnancies when they may have been groomed & being sexually abused. I liked how both genders were recognized as potential targets & grooming & that victims can potentially become perpetrators. I agree majority of sexual abuse survivors were groomed & know their perpetrator(s) What also often get overlooked is that rape can also occur... when service members are deployed to war or within marriage to either gender. I'm just overjoyed for so much awareness & education & resources available for prevention as well healing after these travesties occurs. Sometimes, it is helpful to incorporate medication with therapy or even holistic healing approaches. Namaste 🐬 Peace 💃Shalom 🐒

Jul 16th
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Yvette S

In regards to the Tiffany's issue with postpartum depression, you mentioned that the friends were around right after the baby was born, but faded in the background not long after. I noticed that we as people are present for the joyous occasions (birthday) and the somber occasions (death), but we have a tendency to miss the heart of friendship that takes place between these two extremes.

Jun 18th
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Jun 17th
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Authentictalks 2.0

💕💕💕

Jun 8th
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Robert Aviles

everything that is wrong with the world nowadays

May 22nd
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ID18197488

Great podcast! I would love to see a Collab with Authentic Talks 2.0 and Therapy for black girls. Also it would be awesome to see you come together with brown girls. Keep up the great work!

Apr 25th
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jada johnson

this was very helpful I was definitely not educated on this topic and unprepared that this be so interesting

Apr 7th
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Authentictalks 2.0

I love this podcast. I would love to have you come on my show as a guest and talk for 15minutes

Feb 17th
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Miss T

Say that again. relationships requires much work. Getting married & having kids are not in my bucket list. Though I felt much pressure from family that I can't develop myself unless I have a child. A partner must be in alignment w/ my purpose & freedom & self development. My single & married life is very abundant. I have much flexibility to mentor more & to keep evolving & changing my jobs/business. I totally believe that I rather be single than to settle for a toxic masculine relationship. I firmly believe that getting into a relationship is a intentional choice not an obligation. It took much reprogramming. Now, as a single person it is now possible to foster & adopt kids. I had to limit my contact w/ family b/c I didn't enjoy all the pressure focusing on being partnered & many times people bring religion in the mix & I firmly express that there were many many single people & single parents & widowers in religious literature, actually all types of people & relationships are shown as examples. I'm all about self love & becoming emotionally intelligent. My life purpose is first & foremost. Make a single woman action plan this is similar to the mental health WRAP wellness recovery action plan or like an emergency plan. This was very insightful for someone to actually speak about what single people actually encounter.

Feb 14th
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Miss T

Meet up app to find your tribe

Feb 4th
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Tiviea White

How do you let go. Now knowing I'll never get a satisfactory why. I'm still not sure how to fully move on

Feb 1st
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KDW

Excellent episode with plenty of food for thought! Will definitely use a few of these to guide my vision board as well as overall goal setting for 2020.

Dec 29th
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Miss T

My experiences w/ being ghosted. Give self a time limit. & Always continue your self care & self love routine b/c it's not about you; you may not be compatible or the other person isn't able to express their boundaries for whatever reason. But men & women both do this. It is polite etiquette, but it is prevalent. Definitely, talk it out it need be. Also continue functions w/ self & your community.

Dec 6th
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