Today I am a psychotherapist, coach and the host of the popular podcast Black Therapist Podcast where I talk about my on-going struggle to maintain the things I value most in my life. But it wasn’t always so!
My journey from patient to practitioner was born out of my own struggles to learn to be the master my thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
The goal is to make sure my daily decisions move me towards the life I desire, while constantly building relationships that are aligned with who I am. But more importantly who I am becoming, as I grow soar and change.
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Last Show Of The Year…. On this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast we discuss what it’s like to end a friendship follow up. In this episode we weigh the pros and the cons to ending a friendship that you really value. We talk about Cardi and Offset and why it's important to keep your word when building boundaries and the consequence of crossing the line. so long 2018 welcome 2019
New Monday New Show. Surviving surviving R Kelly.. Why we were able to over look the behavior of sexual exploitation of women of color for so long. In our first episode of the season our host psychotherapist @msnikibanks discusses the documentary “Surviving R Kelly” and the culture that creates men like him.
New Monday New Show. Sometimes even good things have to come to an end. When it’s time to part ways as friends what are you supposed to do. On this episode of the of Black Therapist Podcast our host Psychotherapist Nikita Banks discusses what it’s like to end a friendship. It can be a hard decision to figure out when you need to let go of a relationship that no longer serves you. In this episode we weigh the pros and the cons to ending a friendship that you really value.
On this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast with psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW, we talk about gratitude; ending the year on a high note and planning for 2019 and beyond. We also discuss the importance of making choices and utilizing your free will to make the best decisions for you.
Having a family member who is mentally ill is hard. It effects the whole family. Having a parent who is mentally ill permeates every part of your life, and eventually your spouse or partner in the future.
On this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast your host psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW discuss growing up the up the child or a narcissistic parent. Also on the pod: How to deal with problematic family members, the best way to diffuse and approach an argument and how to navigate problematic family relationships.
Wish your family was normal? Yea you and everyone else. Going home and dealing with less than ideal family dynamics or worse toxic family situations. Is trying but you can do so in a way that will not steal your joy. If you don’t allow it. With the necessary skills and boundaries in place we can help you survive this holiday season. In this episode we discuss how to mentally prepare to gather with family for the holidays and move forward from hurt to heal hearts this holiday season.
Want to raise healthy happy children? Invest in their mental health. In our conversation with Pyschotherapist Lisa Savage; on this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast your host psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW who has built the largest psychotherapy practice in Delaware serving Children. Also on this episode spare the rod and other parenting myths, the link between corporal punishment and child rebellion. The need for culturally competent care and why therapist of color need to build a network of other therapist of color.
Find Your Happy! On this episode of Black Therapist Podcast I read my favorite chapter of my new book Finding Happy Seven Steps To Relationships That Will Not Steal Your Joy Available Now On Amazon! Link in Bio for my new book. But If you want to her an excerpt listen to this week’s episode now!
In this week’s episode of @blacktherapistpodcast our host Psychotherapist @msnikibanks talk about treating trauma with Dr. Angela Clack a psychologist and author of "Women of Color Talk: Psychological Narratives on Trauma and Depression." Also in this episode: Treating people of color who experience complex trauma; changing the face of psychological practice; working with women and the challenge of family practice.
In this week’s episode of Black Therapist Podcast our host Psychotherapist Niki Banks, LCSW talk about treating trauma with Dr. Angela Clack a psychologist and author of "Women of Color Talk: Psychological Narratives on Trauma and Depression." Also in this episode: Treating people of color who experience complex trauma; changing the face of psychological practice; working with women and the challenge of family practice.
New Monday New Episode on this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast we discuss the interdisciplinary discipline approach to combining yoga and other ancient African practices into the therapeutic process. This week we interview therapist and yogi James Woods MFT, aka @datyogadude.
On this episode we discuss The difference between mindfulness and yoga, Why stillness is so important to being present, how yoga helps therapist to meet you where you are,
what counting sheep and meditation have in common, and how mental health care for black people is more important in the age of trump, Resist and me too movements.
***TRIGGER WARNING***In this episode of the Black Therapist Podcast we go all the way there. We talk about the lack of safety for women, Bill Cosby, The Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces his accuser and how this impacts victims.
Also on this episode being politically active, men creating spaces of safety for women and shout out to the homie @chrisclassic and his insight on why men should take responsibility for the state of mistrust between young women and men.
WE ARE BACK— The Season Three Premiere- of Black Therapist Podcast is live. In this episode our host Psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW discuss the release of her new book “Finding Happy, Seven Steps to Relationships That Will Not Steal Your Joy." We take you inside an exclusive sneak peak of our book is available for pre-order now in the amazon store. Also we discuss our companion mental health course, discuss regulating your emotions, mastering anger, pushing past self sabotage, and achieving your goals. And we discuss ways to get access to our free mental health courses available on our platform.
With the recent high profile suicides last week it's more important than ever to discuss how to support the people in our lives we think need it the least, as well as to provide help to those we know are struggling. It is important that these conversations include the role of therapy and how to get people of color to start to think of therapy as a normal part of self care.
In this episode, we continue our discussion on how to parent children for their mental and emotional development in an ever-changing world. School social worker Jeanette Oaks, LMSW, Dr. Byron Young MD, the evening's host Helen Williams Nurse and Nikita Banks, LCSW discuss the ways to raise mentally well-adjusted youth. Also in this episode: parenting a child who is interested in the same sex, how to navigate challenges with your children when you have your own challenges, mom guilt and how to advocate/navigate the school system to get help for your children.
In this episode, we discuss how to parent children for their mental and emotional development in an ever-changing world. School social worker Jeanette Oaks, LMSW, Dr. Byron Young MD, the evening's host Helen Williams Nurse and Nikita Banks, LCSW discuss the ways to raise mentally well-adjusted youth. Also in this episode: parenting a child who is interested in the same sex, how to navigate challenges with your children when you have your own challenges, mom guilt and how to advocate/navigate the school system to get help for your children.
Single Mother's are not exactly unsung heroes. They are often seen as super She-roes- often lauded without regard to their struggles. We make it look easy and as such a lot of the pain, struggle, trauma, and challenges we go through are often unseen and acknowleged. In this episode we discuss: my imperfect parenting style; How to support other women in the struggle; Why it's necessary to create spaces for us to sit in our feelings.
Admitting you’re wrong is not always easy but it is critical to maintaining healthy relationships. Texts can be taken out of context is not always a great way to communicate effectively. In this episode Nikita Banks, discusses the dangers of some form of online counseling, who it is and isn't appropriate for, how to positively resolve social media disagreements, and admitting when you're wrong.
Faith Over Fear - Kick Fear's Ass- In this episode we discuss how important it is for us to push back on fear if we are to have the life we deserve. Also In this episode: active listening, taking each day as an opportunity to learn a life lesson. Motivation provided by Brooklyn Based Psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW
Nikita Banks, LCSW discusses the importance of social workers advocating for themselves and their profession; Also in this episode the need for grass root organizers, advocating for advancement of the field of social work on the whole.
In this episode we discuss how "I don't see color" negates people of color and makes us feel invisible. Ways to become an Ally without forcing your "fake equality" on POC safe spaces. Also on this episode: Thank A Black Woman, Students of Color Collective at NYU and how to move in spaces that aren't very POC friendly.
In this episode we discuss the response to the allegations rapper Fabolous physically assaulted his girlfriend Emily B and what we can learn to do differently to keep women who are victims of domestic abuse safe.
Religion has a way of making mental health challenges feel like moral failure. It is important for us to be able to get the tools to satisfy the development of all parts of us as a member of the human race. We are spiritual beings in physical bodies so why wouldn't we go to people who can help us develop to our fullest capacity. One doesn't take away from the other. In this episode Brooklyn New York Based psychotherapist Nikita Banks, LCSW starts the discussion.
In this episode we have a discussion about the difference between, what we see of "tv therapy" and what the real process is. In this episode psychotherapist Nikita Banks, discusses the difference, between what Iyanla VanZant does, Dr Phil and the therapeutic process. We also discuss the value of the work they do as well as the danger.
We continue our conversation with psychiatrist Dr Karinn Glover and we discuss the future of psychiatry, integrative practice methods with social work and psychiatry, the necessity for culturally competent care and the importance of representation. We also discuss the myths and biases people of color have to fight through in order to maintain their mental health when it comes to medication.
On this episode we discuss our Free Mental Heath Course and how you can get it available NOW; and Our interview with psychiatrist Dr Karinn Glover, MD MPH where we chat about meds, the importance of culturally competent psychiatric care. The role street drugs play in the treatment of some mental health symptoms and if weed is should be used for anxiety. Check us out NOW.