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We create a safe space where women can be transparent about life's hard truths. Some of the conversations are difficult ones, but they are all real and relevant and so we sit down to have these transparent, heart-to-heart discussions which provide women with practical nuggets on how to navigate the real life issues they encounter on their journey of faith. Whilst there are several channels through which women can engage in dialogue, many still long for the opportunity to go beyond the surfac ...
 
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Presence: Best Gift for Human Connection Our in-person presence can often be the most valuable and useful gift that we have to give to others as we build and maintain our human connections. The emotionally healthy person recognizes the presence or absence of other humans can significantly affect one's mental health. Each of us comes into life with …
 
One + One = One or Two? Inherent in our relationships is that the participants have a set of assumptions and expectations for themselves as well as for the other person. Whether in marriage or friendship we rely on these assumptions and expectations to healthfully maximize the connection we have with each other. We have choices in our degree of con…
 
Invisible Pain Finding a healthy balance to the joys and pains of living life is a continual process for most of us. What is hurtful and painful to one person may or may not be the same for another or it may require a different degree to register. We can often better understand and choose our responses to physical pain like a broken arm, cancer, st…
 
Who Am I? (Part Four) One of the most frequent and powerful questions that an individual can ask him or herself during their life journey is: Who Am I? Who is the current 'me' and how is today different from some earlier age? What choices shall I make for today which may alter my self-image in the future? The questions for personal introspection te…
 
Who Am I? (Part 3) Some of the most frequent and powerful questions that an individual can ask him are: Who Am I? Who is the current 'me' and how is today different from some earlier age? What decisions shall I choose for today which may alter my self-image in the future? The questions for personal introspection tend to be endless. Introspection is…
 
Who Am I? (Part Two) Wellness Psychology encourages us to explore the personal question of "Who Am I?". There are many ways for a person to experience this process of introspection. Using the multiple-question method that is similar to the personal retreat format, one can seek the answers to questions created to go beyond our surface traits. Questi…
 
Who Am I? Wellness Psychology encourages us to explore the personal question of "Who Am I?". There are many ways for a person to experience this process of introspection. Using the multiple-question method that is similar to the personal retreat format, one can seek the answers to questions created to go beyond our surface traits. Questions can be …
 
"Your Truth" vs "God's Truth" "My Truth" , "Your Truth" popular terminology that encourages that we embrace, accept, live, our own persuasion. As popular as this teaching is, however, it's major flaw lies in the fact that our persuasions are fueled by our experiences, individual preferences, emotions, and circumstance. None of these are final autho…
 
Life Risk Choices Wellness Psychology encourages us to accept that our choice to live life is accepting that this decision comes with some type and degree of risk. Living life is risky; each of us retains the option on how we manage these risks. Most of us conclude that the only completely risk-free path is when we die. We choose to accept risk whe…
 
Framing My Gift of Life The personal power that we each have to frame our gift of life is truly awesome! While there are some aspects of this gift for which we have no control, there are so many others where we do get to make individual choices to make the most of this gift that we have been given. A thought that may be of value for each of us to p…
 
It's common for people to attach labels and titles to each other. These are often a reflection of how we see each other or the significance and social/ relational status we have ascribed to each other. These days, it seems as if the introduction of new labels is increasing. Whether positive or negative, these labels have the potential to shape how …
 
Can I Help Others With Their Needs, Not Mine? Your host pays a repeat visit to "Hello Henry" on WBT, AM 1110, in Charlotte, NC, before his move to the Atlanta area in Georgia. This conversation with Henry Bogan is primarily responding to individuals who call into the radio station to share their questions about relationships with others. One questi…
 
Even When We Feel Invisible Or Forgotten...God Sees Us She answered God by name, praying to the God who spoke to her, “You’re the God who sees me! [El Roi] “Yes! He saw me; and then I saw him!” (Genesis 16:13) It's the only time we see God referred to by this name in the Bible, which speaks to how profoundly intimate and personal the encounter was.…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Ms. Shavonne Strachan joins our host, Kareem O J Lee, to share what's on her heart about embracing God's Definition of who we are. Shavonne is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who is making waves in the nonprofit sector and business community, but more importantly she is a woman of faith who is …
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Mrs. Charmaine Wright Orr joins our host, Kareem O J Lee, to give insights into what it takes to live a LIFE OF FREEDOM AND FULLNESS. Charmaine helps us understand why discovering your true identity is a critical step in the journey to freedom and fullness. She also shares how an individual's true…
 
Same Messages, Different Words Most of us wish to communicate effectively with others. To accomplish this goal, we often use the same core of our beliefs, values, attitudes, and experiences. Like an artist who can convey artistic viewpoints using different mediums or a pastor who chooses to focus on varied aspects of his/her faith, a psychologist w…
 
Mourning Our Loss of Yesterday Life seems to be a constant parade of gain and loss. Many cannot fully appreciate their present-day choices since they are still focusing on an inability to let go of their past. Yesterday is gone as are any changes we wish to make about it. We hopefully can learn from the assets and liabilities of living our personal…
 
Opportunity Learning with Deprivation Much of our daily life is lived by implementing the choices we have made during previous days. We tend to accept these situations as normal and they become our personal habits in thoughts, feelings and behaviors. There are times when we are deprived of what we consider normal and have the opportunity to make ne…
 
Everyone Has An Opinion! It is clear to most people that each individual tends to have many opinions about various areas of their life. We choose experiential perspectives that work for us and frequently may label our opinions as facts for everyone. Challenges for many are not the large number of opinions which may be presented as objective facts, …
 
What Am I Living For? Every minute that you and I are alive we are making and implementing personal choices for answering the question: What am I living for? Our answers to this basic life question are constantly evolving as the years pass by adding our own unique experiences and incorporating diverse viewpoints from interacting with other people. …
 
Physical Versus Mental Health Choices A foundation belief of Wellness Psychology is that we each have the personal power of the verb "to choose" in laying out our individual life path. Our life is constantly changing; our choices often determine the consequences that characterize us as humans. A recent viral pandemic provided new options for many. …
 
Choosing Healthy Words Wellness Psychology believes that our personal power of choice is one of the most significant aspects of us being human individuals. With each and every hour of life, this power of choice often determines the degree of success for how you and I live with ourselves and with others. The word choice each person makes tends to de…
 
Self-Learning With Social Media There are many ways for us to understand our personal beliefs and values systems. One way for many is evaluating the choices we make with the various participation options available on social media. With the choice of participation frequency, sharing of chosen content types and our selection of the specific individua…
 
Describing and Interpreting Behavior Whether we are talking and communicating with ourselves or others, the challenges to be accurate and effective remain for most of us. Learning how to differentiate between the objective description of behavior, thought, attitude or feeling with the individualized interpretations we add can significantly improve …
 
Discounting Behaviors Discounting behavior is when we view someone (ourselves of another) as being of less value. Full value perceptions are often learned early with our childhood history. Society encourages us to accept common standards as to what is or is not valuable. We are encouraged to seek full-valued people in our friends, jobs, social orga…
 
Our Fear Triggers Survival tends to be the most basic of our human instincts. Our ability to create and manage our personal fear triggers allows us to improve our chances for survival. Our lives change from childhood to becoming seniors. We choose whether we retain our individual fear triggers from an earlier age as we grow older. Fear is the alert…
 
Needing Human Touch We all arrive in this world with a strong need to be touched by other human beings. The amount and type of human touch we receive as children can have a strong impact on our emotional and physical health as we grow into adulthood. Also, as we each age and prepare to depart from this world, this strong need and desire to have tou…
 
Being Alone Many persons use the terms loneliness and being alone as interchangeable. The first is missing an emotional connection with the people in one's environment. The second is not having other humans or living things around self. Being alone is easily changed: add people or pets. Loneliness is a more complex combination of factors to effecti…
 
Learning With Solitude and Isolation As humans, we tend to need the presence and active interaction with other humans to feel complete during our life journey. There are also times when we can learn much about ourselves as individuals when we structure periods of isolation or solitude. These experiences allow us to better understand ourselves and s…
 
Personal Holiday Celebration Our birthdays can be a time for reflecting on the choices we have made during the past year as well as choosing the direction we wish to go during the coming year. The past is gone except for our memories. We each have the opportunity to take what we have learned in previous years of living life and focus our individual…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, Reverend Denise Hinkson Lawrence joins our host, Kareem Lee, to speak about the power of being naked and unashamed before God. Reverend Denise shares how women can tap into new dimensions of liberty and power by unmasking. What is unmasking? It's removing pretense and excuses and standing before G…
 
In this episode of our Couch Conversations podcast, our host, Kareem Lee speaks about how important it is for women to acknowledge and address the issues caused by absent fathers or unpleasant experiences with fathers. Using her own experience as a reference point, Kareem shares how a daughter's relationship with her father sets the tone for every …
 
Bianca is a phenomenal woman with a huge heart for helping others. She is a motivational speaker, author, business owner, travel agent, social worker, Air Force veteran and wife. Bianca obtained her Associate of Arts (2012), Bachelor of Social Work (2015), where she graduated with honors and as a member of Phi Alpha, her Master of Business Administ…
 
It is often thought that being strong means not needing help and that, if a person does reach out for help, they may be considered weak. This notion is also present amongst Believers who consider that seeking help, especially when it relates to matters of a mental or emotional challenge, could mean that the person is weak in their faith or is lacki…
 
Reshaping the narrative about mental and emotional health in our faith communities The topic of mental and emotional health is generally an uncomfortable one to address. Within our faith communities, the conversation does not become less challenging. The topic is however an unavoidable and highly critical one, especially in the season that we are i…
 
Are you really ready for marriage? Relationship experts say that all problems in relationships, marriages included, stem from unmet expectations. Sadly, even within our Christian circles, such expectations are often unrealistic or have origins outside of the Word of God. The question, "are you really ready for marriage?" is treated lightly by some.…
 
Single, Saved, Satisfied? Most times we focus on how the single woman is preparing herself for marriage, giving little focus, if any, to what her male counterpart is doing to prepare. How deep are we really willing to go when speaking about singleness in Christian circles? Can we be honest about what our hearts desire, the unspoken urges, and the i…
 
Why Lie to Your Counselor? Truth and lies tend to come in various shades and degrees. Individuals tend to choose to interact with themselves as well as with others by following personal beliefs, values, beliefs, feelings and behaviors on how they see themselves and their world. Many people choose to assist other people with their life journey. Rega…
 
Understanding My Personal Counseling Choices There are many factors to consider when we seek counseling assistance for some of the emotional challenges each of us faces during life. Whatever choices we make, each will bring its own 'price' to be paid. The more information we have on ourselves and what we are seeking, the more likely a positive outc…
 
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