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Mind Ya Mental Podcast

Apr 1, 2024

This episode with Dr. Dodson sheds light on the complex layers of mental health challenges faced by men, particularly Black men, offering insights and strategies for better emotional health and communication. His expertise and compassionate approach provide listeners with practical advice for navigating these challenges.


Key Discussion Points:

  1. Emotional Expression and Validation:

    • Dr. Dodson addresses the common issue where Black men's emotions are often invalidated, highlighting a societal tendency to misinterpret or dismiss their feelings.
    • The episode delves into the importance of creating safe spaces for Black men to express emotions without fear of judgment or dismissal.
  2. Navigating Gender Roles and Expectations:

    • A significant portion of the discussion focuses on the heavy burden of societal expectations on Black men to conform to traditional roles of providers and protectors, often at the expense of their emotional well-being.
  3. Challenges of Masculinity:

    • Dr. Dodson talks about the struggle many Black men face in defining masculinity on their terms, battling stereotypes and societal pressures that discourage vulnerability.
  4. Advocacy and Self-expression:

    • Practical advice is offered for men who have had their emotions invalidated, emphasizing the importance of self-advocacy and finding safe, supportive spaces for expression.
  5. The Importance of Safe Spaces:

    • The conversation underlines the critical need for Black men to have environments where they can be open and honest about their feelings, without fear of being undermined or attacked.
  6. Navigating Relationships and Communication:

    • Strategies for improving communication within relationships are discussed, encouraging men to express their needs clearly and constructively, and to seek relationships that offer mutual respect and understanding.

Dr. Justin Dodson's Bio:

Dr. Justin Dodson is the visionary behind Navigating Courage, Counseling & Consultation, LLC. Dodson and his team of mental health professionals, specifically focusing on adult males, prioritize the cognitive and emotional well-being of adult men through personalized coaching and therapy. Navigating Counseling & Consultation also provides consultation to organizations who are looking to implement crisis response training and expand the mental health services of their employees.

Dr. Dodson achieved the groundbreaking feat of being the first African American male to attain a Master’s in Counseling from Lipscomb University. Subsequently, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Memphis, solidifying his trailblazing legacy. In his book, "The Courage of a Single Freckle, Navigating Your Black," Dodson delves into the complex intersection of mental health, race relations, implicit and explicit bias, and identity development. Dr. Dodson has been featured in People Magazine, Refinery 29, and most recently, Teen Vogue. 

You can find Dr. Dodson on InstagramX, LinkedIn, and at his website

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