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Reclaiming My Time: A Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Care

Self-care is more than the occasional spa day, and no, it isn’t selfish. In this book, we explore the dimensions of wellness, tackle some barriers to self-care, and even dig into how to set clear boundaries so that you have the time to care for yourself! This isn’t your typical self-help book. It is a combination of information, motivation, worksheets, and journal prompts all designed to help you to reclaim your time! Grab your copy TODAY!

The Lessons of Fall

“Autumn shows us just how beautiful it is to let dead things go.” -Unknown Autumn (or Fall) is one of my favorite seasons. The air is easier to breathe, the days are a bit shorter, and Mother Nature gives us the beautiful masterpiece of changing leaves. I love taking long drives along tree-lined roads and witnessing the beautiful colors and hearing that distinct sound of the breeze rustling through the trees. *dreamy sigh* It’s a Read more…

May the Force be With You!

May the Force be With You! May is National Mental Health Month and National Women’s Health Month, but do you know else is in May? May the 4th is Star Wars Day! From the time I was a kid, I have always loved Master Yoda (there’s an old Polaroid somewhere of me in a Yoda costume for Halloween…lol). When I was young, I just liked the little funny talking green guy. But, as an adult, Read more…

Support ‘March Pad-ness’

Support ‘March Pad-ness’ No, that’s not a typo. March Padness is an event sponsored by Distributing Dignity(R) to collect supplies for women in need. Awakening Change Counseling Services LLC is proud to support the awesome work of Distributing Dignity(R) and encourages you to join us in making a difference in our community. Check out the flyer below to learn about ways that you can help to make a tangible difference in the lives of women Read more…

I. Can’t. Breathe.

I. Can’t. Breathe. I have been wrestling with a sea of thoughts and emotions stirred up in large part by the recent displays of racial injustice and police brutality. I am human first and a therapist second so allow me this space to share first my human perspective. As a Black woman, wife to a Black man, and mother of 2 Black sons, my heart has been broken beyond words. Many of you have reached Read more…

I’m tired! Exhaustion in the midst of the pandemic

I’M TIRED!!! It’s May! In New Jersey we are rapidly approaching our third month of sheltering in place with some hope on the horizon as businesses begin to slowly re-open (with some restrictions). May is also Mental Health Awareness Month and I thought it fitting this month to explore one of the ways that the pandemic has impacted our mental health – exhaustion. If you are part of the work from home squad like I Read more…

Give yourself grace: Strategies for self-care in the COVID-19 crisis

Coping with Corona Coping and Corona don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence, do they?Who would have ever thought that life as we’ve known it would come to such a drastic hault? As we brace ourselves for a second month of social distancing, many of us are increasingly stressed and counting down the days when we can get back to some semblance of normalcy. It’s a difficult time for sure, but that’s all the Read more…

See. Write. Run!

In the past few weeks as we’ve been gearing up for the start of the new year I’ve lost count of the number of “2020 Vision” posts I’ve encountered on social media.  While I get the obvious reference, I think that we do ourselves a MAJOR disservice by simply talking about vision and not being accountable to action.  So you can see clearly, now what?  If we stop at what we see, we will never Read more…

How Smart Are You?

I remember a show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” that was popular between 2007 -2015.  I loved that show!  But I soon realized that 5th graders know a lot more than I gave them credit for.  The show featured a panel of 5th graders and two adult contestants.  The adults had to rely on their 5th grade “classmates” to correctly answer questions in pursuit of the million-dollar prize.  If the adult got stuck Read more…

Between the Couch and the Cross

Join us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 for a workshop and roundtable discussion about mental health and wellness within the Christian faith experieince.  This is not just for faith leaders!!  If you are a person who identifies as a Christian and has an interest in learning more about behavioral health, this session is for YOU!!! Limited space is available so make sure to get your tickets NOW!!!!