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Episode 7: Go to Therapy, Sis! Even if You're LYBL

About this Episode

According to Dr. Erica Richards, "women experience depression at rates twice that of men, but Black women are only half as likely to seek care as White women." This phenomenon has deepened "during the coronavirus pandemic, when symptoms of anxiety and depression have been higher than prior to the arrival of COVID-19 in our communities." While self-care has been at the forefront of conversations on how to help Black women, we're beginning to go further by removing the stigma around mental health counseling and therapy, embracing it as an essential part of our "normal" lives.

On this episode of I Come As One, certified counselor Leslie Holley, details the challenges that Black women are facing and shares her expertise on the benefits of clinical support. If you're considering therapy, tune in to learn what you qualifications and qualities you should look for when choosing and counselor, and hear about other resources and strategies to support you on your journey. Your mental wellbeing is urgent, Sis! Go ahead and make an appointment--even if you're living your BEST life!

Did you know that July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month? See below for links to additional resources.

Guest Bio

Leslie Holley is a Nationally Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC, NCC (MD, DC, VA, MO) who earned her Masters in Community Counseling from DePaul University, where she also taught masters level clinical counseling courses as an adjunct professor. Currently, she works with clients at her private practice, Healing-Circle, LLC in downtown Silver Spring, MD, providing psychotherapy and coaching interventions. Leslie also provides mental health presentations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area.

Learn more at Connect with Leslie on IG: @lholleyhealingcircle and on Facebook at LHolley Healing-Circle!

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Leslie Holley


The I Come As One podcast is a convergence of all things Black women, with an emphasis on sharing and healing from our experiences in the workplace. Created and co-hosted by a talented trio of scholar-practitioners who recognized the need for powerful conversations, this space is designed to not only empower and inspire, but also provide information and resources to promote positive change.

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