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Mind Ya Mental Podcast

Apr 1, 2024

This episode emphasizes the well-being of Black men, women, and non-binary individuals, highlighting the collective impact on the community.

Key Discussion Points:

  1. Unhealthy Relationship Signs:

    • Physical aggression and the inability to communicate needs are major red flags.
    • Feeling restricted by a partner and not being able to live outside the relationship signal an unhealthy dynamic.
  2. Emotional Expression and Vulnerability:

    • Societal barriers against Black men expressing emotions are discussed. Dr. Justin Dodson provides insights on recognizing and exiting unhealthy relationships.
  3. Masculinity and Self-Advocacy:

    • The episode explores challenges in defining masculinity and the importance of self-advocacy and establishing healthy boundaries.
  4. Support and Community:

    • Encourages supporting Black men in their mental health journey, highlighting the need for understanding and empathy from the community.

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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