DR. JESS ON BLACK STRESS

"We Are Our Own Victory!"

My Voice Is More Than Just My Own
I Am Eternally Indebted to My Elders and Ancestors Who Made My Journey Possible
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Holiday Wellness

Greetings!!! It has been some time since I've published a piece, so I thought the holidays were as good a time as ever to share some...

"Dear Black Girl..."

It's Women's History Month! For many of us, it continues great energy after honoring Black History Month in February. I've been doing a...

Therapist Shopping While Black

It's a new year, but for many of us not a whole lot has changed. Many people are trying to figure out how to cope with pandemic...

New Years Goals... Or Needs!

Like many of you, I have been enjoying many of the memes that are floating around celebrating the end of 2020. It has felt like the year...

Why I Left Ohio and Never Looked Back....

No, I'm not an Ohio native; I just happened to spend four years of my life there as a result of unpredictable education-based events. I...

We Are Our Own Victory!

In a world of COVID-19 and 1619 Pandemics, the notion of a 'victory' is likely the last concept that has been on our minds. In this...

We Got Nothing.

Black people have been in a persistent state of grief since our arrival on the coast of Jamestown, VA. Ancestral grief of being forced...

Karen, Becky... and Kathy.

As a mental health professional, I spent a great deal of time in the month of July honoring BIPoC/Minority Mental Health Awareness month....

The Weight of Generational Trauma

Terrance, a recent highly intelligent, artistic high school graduate, is preparing for his freshman year at college. He has several mixed...

Unapologetic Self-Care

When people hear "self-care" some of the first images that pop into their minds are exercise, eating healthy, sleeping more, or...

The Church and Black Activism

"God of our weary years, God of our silent tears..." "To The God of Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Martin Luther King Jr..." "The lynching...

The Numbing Effect...

When we hear the word "stress" we often associate it with certain images or symptoms that we see in mainstream media. We might have an...

Why 'Black' Stress?

I started this site with specific intent to focus on black people. I was raised in a black neighborhood in Vallejo, CA that was...

It's Time to Breathe

On the day that George Floyd died, after desperately pleading to regain ownership of his breath, many black people stopped breathing...

Welcome!

I am Dr. Jessica M. Smedley, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Washington DC Metro Area. My background and interests are founded...

 
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READING LIST

This is a blog that is intentionally designed to offer insight, education, and to create dialogue about a a very important topic regarding an exquisite group of people.  Views are my own based on my personal, educational, and professional experiences.  Below, I will continue to share a myriad of resources that give voice to the black experience.  

The Souls of Black Folk ~ W.E.B. DuBois

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome ~ Dr. Joy DeGruy

White Rage ~ Carol Anderson

The Cross and the Lynching Tree ~ James H. Cone

Black Theology & Black Power ~ James H. Cone

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America ~ Charisse Jones & Kumea Shorter-Gooden, PhD

Urban Trauma ~ Dr. Maysa Akbar

 

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