4 Black-Hosted Mental Health Podcasts You Should Listen To
Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE podcasts. Podcasts have become my productive form of entertainment and they are super convenient since I spend a lot of my time driving. From comedy to entrepreneurship to mental health, listening to podcasts has become part of my daily routine. I enjoy learning and gaining perspectives from other people and hearing about their experiences. There is literally a podcast episode for everything and the same goes with mental health. As a student in the mental health field, I am always looking for ways I can further help my clients and even help myself. As a result, I’ve come across four GREAT black-hosted mental health podcasts that I feel everyone (even if you aren’t black) should check out.
1. Therapy For Black Girls- if you haven’t heard of this podcast then you must be living under a rock! Therapy For Black Girls is hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with black women dealing with depression, work-life balance, relationship skills, and self-esteem. Dr. Joy talks about topics such as divorce, entrepreneurship, sex, physical activity, and social media (to name a few) and their correlation to mental health. She also invites other mental health professionals to have these discussions with her. What I like most about Therapy For Black Girls is that it is tailored toward the issues that black girls and women in particular face and how these issues affect our mental health. Also, her voice is pretty calming too. Find out more about Dr. Joy and Therapy For Black Girls here.
2. A Different Perspective- hosted by Dr. Amber Thornton, a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in complex trauma, diversity, and multiculturalism. Dr. Thornton recognizes that culture determines a large part of how we process our experiences and therefore, therapy should be molded to fit ones particular culture. I like that Dr. Thornton is not afraid to address issues such as police brutality and cultural appropriation on her podcasts. She chooses to have the difficult conversations and even offers solutions! Find out more about Dr. Thornton and her podcast here.
3. Black Mental Health Podcast- black men, this is for you!! This podcast is hosted by Reginald Howard, a mental health advocate. Reginald is not a licensed mental health professional, but he is extremely passionate about mental health and providing a safe space for black men in particular to have a conversation surrounding mental health. The Black Mental Health Podcast is very hard-hitting and Reginald discusses real life experience with depression and suicide with his guests. If you’re looking for a mental health podcast that isn’t as psycho-educational and you’re more interested in hearing about real, genuine experiences with mental health, this is the podcast for you. Listen to this podcast here.
4. AFFIRM- hosted by Davia Roberts, a licensed professional counselor and certified yoga instructor, AFFIRM is a podcast focused specifically on women of color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness. Davia addresses typical mental health topics, but she also focuses on current events and how mental health may be impacted by the everyday madness that goes on! She also has a voice that sounds like it came directly from heaven. Find out more about Davia and her podcast here.
BONUS: Where Should We Begin by Esther Perel. So, Esther Perel isn’t black, BUT her podcast is the most unique and probably my favorite. Esther is a licensed professional counselor, who records and uploads her sessions onto her podcast. You read that right. With her clients consent, Esther omits client names but keeps their voices, and she uploads recordings of the session. It’s SO good y’all. Plus, if you’re on the fence about therapy, listening to Where Should We Begin is a great way to understand the benefit of therapy and why it’s worth investing in. Plus, the problems her client’s come in with are very interesting. I highly recommend it. Find about more about Esther and her podcast here.
I really wanted to write this post because I know that many people are not ready to commit to therapy. Although these podcasts are NOT a substitute for a professional relationship with a licensed therapist, they can be helpful if you are not able to find your own therapist or if you are not completely sold on the idea of seeing a therapist. I hope these podcasts help you in some way and please feel free to email me or DM on Instagram if you listen to any of the episodes! Also, I am always looking for new podcasts to listen to, so if you have any recommendations, please list them in the comments!
The Life Therapist