In this episode of Support is Sexy, Elayne Fluker invites Dr. Adia Gooden, a licensed clinical psychologist who firmly believes that there is nothing wrong in asking for help, especially as a Black woman. Dr. Adia talks about how growing up with clinical psychologists as parents, and her love and interest for people inspired her to become one. Dr. Adia also discusses the importance of fighting the social stereotypes and removing the stigma towards asking for psychological help, how to find the therapist that suits your needs and engage in a good relationship with them, and how to have a healthy relationship with yourself and the people that surround you by establishing boundaries.
Dr. Adia Gooden is a licensed clinical psychologist, dynamic speaker, and trainer, who is passionate about cultivating unconditional self-worth in others. Dr. Adia has an independent clinical practice and runs a business focused on helping people connect with their unconditional self-worth. Dr. Adia formerly served as the Director of the Clinic and Community Programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator for Multicultural Outreach and Support at The University of Chicago Student Counseling Service. Dr. Adia has spent more than a decade working with clients to embody mental wellness in their everyday lives and to engage boldly with the world. Dr. Adia received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University in which she served for four years.
Insights from this Episode
- What made Adia pursue a career in psychology
- The connection between self-worth and the willingness to ask for psychological help
- How social stereotypes impede black women from asking for help
- How to find the right therapist as a black woman
- The importance of paying attention to racial trauma as a psychologist
- The importance of asking yourself questions before getting psychological help
- Why engaging in a good relationship with your therapist is crucial
- What are the different alternatives you might take if you can’t afford psychological help
- Misconceptions about therapy
- The importance of healthy boundaries
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