A safe space for improving your mental health
By Taya Coates|Contributing Writer
Since the beginning of quarantine, background noise has become an essential complement for all of my tasks from working to Facetiming. While scrolling to find a new music playlist, I stumbled upon Therapy for Black Girls, a podcast specifically designed to address the issues Black women face. The podcast is offered on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify all for free.
The hidden gem is approaching its 200th episode in a few months. This much-needed space for healing provides Black women with light hour-long talks on hard to swallow and usually taboo topics like ‘Black Girls Get Eating Disorders?’ and and ‘Managing Grief’. Episodes are posted weekly and center around fun topics like ‘Can Molly and Issa Recover?’ as well as current issues that may affect mental health like ‘Managing Anxiety About The Coronavirus’. One of my favorite episodes is Session 44: “Perfectionism,” full of gems about where it comes from and how it can block the joy in your life.
Therapy for Black Girls was founded by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist based in Atlanta. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, Arkansas State University, and the University of Georgia. Dr.Bradford is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Crisis Text Line and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
On the website, the company’s goal is summed up as “So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.”
In an interview with xoNecole, Dr.Bradford attributed her massive success due to “word of mouth recommendations, having a solid college student listenership, and consistent community social media sharing.” Other features include O, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Bustle, MTV, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, and Essence. Statefarm even produced a video in 2018, highlighting the business’ success. Due to the increased focus on the Black community’s mental health that followed the resurgence of attention towards the Black Lives Matter movement in June, the podcast received a lot of press in the media.
This is not just a podcast but a blooming, more extensive network. The official Therapy for Black Girls website has a tab that helps you find a Black female therapist in your area by simply entering your zip code. Black therapists looking to get involved can register to be apart of the network. The online community is called the Yellow Couch Collective, a space to chat with expert mental health professionals and members alike. The collective connects you with members that are in your area to network and form an in-person community.
Check out Therapy for Black Girls wherever you listen to podcasts today!