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Incorporation of Afro-Spirituality into my sessions with you

  • Encouraging/Emphasizing rest and self care--Creating, defining, and participating in practices that recognize the balanced need for showing up in the world and for others and the care needed for self

  • Creating a safe space for talking openly about African-American-Caribbean Spirituality--Exploring the past, present, and future experiences of what it has meant to exist Spiritually in practice and in theory over your lifespan

  • Grounding skills: Earthing and Meditation-- Breathwork and connecting to breath; stillness and thought observing (vs participation) meditation, movement meditation as in dance or ritual movements; barefoot walking outside or sitting, being, touching, laying on the ground outdoors: Skin-to-Earth contact: decreases fatigue and chronic pain, helpful for anxiety and depression, improvements in sleep and cardiovascular health: Indoor grounding--placing hands in water, deep breathing, pick up and touch items around you, enjoy a scent, snack, or drink, move your body, listen to your surroundings, feel your body

  • Racial trauma screening questions--opportunity to reflect and check in with your experiences racially and ethnically

  • Somatic work--Visualization, Massage, Dance, Sensation awareness, grounding, breathwork

  • Practicing self-trust and personal autonomy in intuitive decision making--Tuning into and refining what it means to acknowledge, be familiar with, and act on inner voice and intuition in the steps in your life and living

  • Looking at systems and their impact--how have the different systems you are a part of impacted you in every way; systems include health, family, education, political, legal, social-economical, etc

  • Shadow Work--exploring parts of self that we try to quiet or ignore that we don't prefer to have be a part of our selves: journaling, dreamwork, and other explorative methods

  • Music--Sounds, lyrics, tempo, etc and how it narrates, demonstrates, and/or orchestrates the perspective, approach, feelings, and mood of your life and story; using it to set the mood, tone, or direction for expressing and exploring emotions and thoughts

  • Self advocacy--Practicing ways to use communication, connection, and self confidence to assert personal, community, and global needs and views

  • Building community and system supports--collaborating healthcare and wellness approaches with other professionals in the community; defining and exploring what needs you have and practicing making those connections and rituals/regimen of use

  • Differentiation--Active, ongoing process of defining self, revealing self, clarifying boundaries, managing the anxiety that comes from risking either greater intimacy or potential separation. This means having different opinions and values than other family members, but being able to stay emotionally connected to them

  • Helping you talk with family and friends about mental health through intergenerational work--being able to break down bias or misinformation about what it means to take care of mental health, the impacts it has had on families, generations, and communities, and practicing and role playing conversations that support healing and evolving of mental and emotional wellness

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