What Ails Us is the child of late nights spent writing papers for grad school and the uncontrollable horde of thoughts marching within my brain that demanded release. There is no real connected theme for all of these posts, but the closest overarching theme I can muster is the internal struggles of a Black male in the US—a Black male who is also a therapist.
Originally, I started this blog in 2015 shortly after I won a counseling fellowship through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) which was funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). My goal was to help depict the underlying current of mental health through a range of topics not typically associated with mental health. What I realized, is this blog is really just my voice, and the embodiment of the underlying themes within my mental health.
So, here I am. A licensed, certified, and practicing therapist. A southerner who has done a slight bit of travel and desperately wants to do more. A husband. A father. And a Black man in the U-S-of-A. In the alleged words of Ray Charles, I plan to “just let it do what it do, baby.” Enjoy the blog.
Here are a few quick points to be mindful of if you decide to explore this page:
1) This blog is not a therapeutic intervention.
2) I do not talk about details or cases directly dealing with my clients in any of these blog posts.
3) If you enjoy this blog, share it, subscribe to it, and feel free to drop me a line.
Love, peace, and brutal honesty.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
― August Wilson