– LaMaras James & Tony Ambush
Hurting? In need of guidance and direction? What is keeping you from seeking assistance? Historically, in black and brown communities, counseling has been shunned as a method of healing. If we become physically ill, we seek the help of a medical doctor. If we are struggling with our vision, we seek the help of an optometrist. What if we are struggling mentally? From whom do we seek help? The lack of trust in mental health stems from an overall distrust of medical care, based on historic experiences. Even with that history we must look toward all areas of health within all communities, so our nation grows stronger.
February is Black History Month in the United States of America. As we reflect on the struggles of those that came before; those that fought for “Freedom and justice for all,” we must think of their sacrifices and how they relate to mental health. The hard work other Americans of all colors put in so that “all” people could live well, together. We all deserve a healthy body, as well as a healthy mind, and a healthy soul/spirit.
Here at Total Health Guidance, we specialize in treating the whole person Emotionally, Relationally, Spiritually, Financially, and Physically. We are Solution-focused professionals that utilize a team-based approach to address our client’s mental health needs. We utilize evidenced-based techniques to address depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, behavior related issues and more. We are a diverse group of professionals that focus on discovering the “root cause” of our client’s mental health concerns. Utilizing our unique approach which includes ancillary services such as massage, acupuncture, nutrition, and other natural modalities in our treatment plans allows us to have a profound effect on our clients and has accelerated their healing process. Our multi-modality focus allows us to address mental health concerns including those where clients feel a spiritual or faith-based approach would be beneficial.
Let’s take advantage of the 28 days in February and take steps towards healing by addressing our mental health. No matter where you decide to go for your mental health care, be sure to find someone that makes you feel comfortable and that listens to you. We hope you have a great month celebrating Black History Month (American History Month).