Have you ever felt stressed out? Job, family, life in general getting you down, making you anxious, paranoid, angry or scared etc.
What if I told you that these feelings are normal and you aren’t alone. What’s more important to know is that help for your mental health is available, important and doesn’t make you a crazy person. It actually makes you smarter.
We are human and we have to protect our mental state. For that I am so thankful for people like my childhood friend Brittany Bronson.
Brittany is a wife, mother, friend, sister social worker, therapist and much more. She’s making major moves to eliminate the stigma of mental health. Especially for people of color.
While mental health is important for all people, people of color have suffered through mental health issues for decades refusing treatment. Much of this comes from the idea that therapy isn’t needed, or pure denial that they are suffering from any mental condition.
Another major problem is accessibility. There aren’t as many therapist in the areas where people of color primarily reside, and the nearest ones are often outside of the budget for the people in these communities.
One major goal that Brittany has with her business Journey To Healing Therapy, is to grow to a place where she can reach back to those communities and break down the stereotypes that black and brown people don’t have mental health problems and instead begin to treat those problems that are so often ignored.
For now she is learning a variety of techniques and forms of therapy to help people with a variety of circumstances that life throws at us. Some of those are, infertility, anxiety, marriage and more.
Seeing that Brittany is using her life to make a positive impact on others comes at no surprise to me. See I met Brittany originally when I was in 6th grade, when my family moved to an apartment community that she and her family already lived in.
There were quite a few kids my age there including Brittany’s younger brother. Of all of us Brittany was like the mom of the group. She kept us together, in the most loving way possible. Whenever I needed someone to listen and give me advice I knew I could count on her. The best part was that she never judged any of us. It’s really like she was made to be a therapist.
Now reconnecting with her and seeing that she still has the same level of care all these years later, while balancing the care of her own family. It’s unspeakably amazing, and I talk a lot so that says something!
Because of how much she cares, Brittany decided to go into a private practice so that she could help people in the way that she wanted to most. This meant breaking down her own barriers and beliefs that she wasn’t a business person or that people wouldn’t want to hear from her.
Now she knows that she was limiting herself before, and she is on fire now! With the different techniques she has learned so far Brittany has been able to offer forms of therapy outside of the traditional sit on a couch and tell me your problems style. She’s able to get truly interactive with her clients and work more diligently on getting them to a better mental health state.
Be sure to get your mentality in check and visit journeytohealing-therapy.com or connect with Brittany on instagram @journeytohealing_therapy
For any moms wanting to start your own business chasing your passions Brittany has this to say;
“Do it and do not let being a mom limit what you can do.”
Watch Brittany’s interview on Youtube and catch us live 2/15/2021 on Instagram. If you’re getting to this article after 2/25/2021 you can watch the Instagram live interview on IGTV.
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Alena Michelle is an accountability coach and mompreneur. Becoming a mother opened her eyes to the sad reality that many mothers loose their identities in motherhood. Throughout her own journey to find herself Alena learned that making herself a priority helped her to become a better mother to her daughter and a better wife to her husband.