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Mind Ya Mental Podcast

Apr 1, 2024

Dr. Dodson's thoughtful discussion offers valuable perspectives on the mental health challenges faced by men and the importance of providing spaces for healing and growth. His commitment to helping men find their identity and voice is a testament to the transformative power of understanding and compassion in mental health care.


Key Discussion Points:

  1. Identity and Masculinity: Dr. Dodson discusses the struggle many men face in defining their masculinity and identity outside societal roles. He highlights the importance of recognizing men as multifaceted beings beyond their roles as protectors or providers.

  2. Pressure and Expectations: A significant challenge for black men is navigating the expectations placed on them by society and family. Dr. Dodson talks about the "pressure space" where men are expected to fulfill various roles without attending to their own needs, leading to mental health issues.

  3. Vulnerability and Emotional Suppression: Many men believe that being 'hard' means they cannot be vulnerable, which often leads to suppressing emotions. Dr. Dodson emphasizes creating safe spaces for men to express themselves honestly.

  4. Redefining Masculinity: The episode explores the need for men, especially black men, to redefine masculinity for themselves. Dr. Dodson encourages men to explore their interests and desires beyond societal expectations.

  5. Self-Exploration and Assertiveness: Dr. Dodson suggests practical exercises for men to get to know themselves better, such as identifying moments of happiness and asserting their needs to their community.

  6. Therapy as a Collaboration: Viewing therapy as a collaborative process, where the therapist and patient work together to explore and address issues, is crucial. Dr. Dodson stresses the importance of challenge and accountability in therapy.

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. 

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