So often, when folks reach out to me to inquire about group or individual dance movement psychotherapy sessions, one of the first questions they ask me is, “How long do I have to work with you before I’m healed?” or, “How long do I have to work with you before I get better?” It’s […]

Ep 14: What Does It Mean To Heal A Body?

  Movement is an integral part of my work as a dance movement psychotherapist.  It’s also been an important part of my personal healing. Movement is one of the primary ways I was, and am, able to manage my own depression. Our bodies are in motion every moment of every day. Many of those movements, […]

Ep 13: What Does It Mean To Move A Body?

Or what does your body mean to you? For a lot of us, paying attention to our bodies and moving our bodies can bring up a lot of feelings, both desirable and not so desirable.   In my experience as a dance movement psychotherapist, I find that quite a few of us humans notice the undesirable […]

Ep 12: What Does It Mean To Have A Body?

What is a body? For me, this question brings up so much about the science of it all.  But right now it also brings up thoughts about what it means to have a body, and specifically what it means to have a body with Black skin. If that question leads you there too, you’re not […]

EP 11: What is a body?

Bodyful Black Girl Podcast: What is a body?

Racism is a public health crisis, one that affects every aspect of Black folks’ lives. It also has a significant impact on our bodies. In this episode of The Bodyful Black Girl Podcast, Jennifer Sterling, a registered dance/movement psychotherapist and holistic nutritionist, shares five ways that racial trauma affects our bodies and offers Black womxn […]

EP 10: Racial Trauma and the Body

As Black women, racial trauma is a part of our daily lives. Whether it’s being followed around in a store, not being called back for a job because we don’t have a “white sounding name” or brutalized by police, racism is a constant. The chronic and traumatic nature of it has a significant impact on […]

5 Ways Racial Trauma Affects the Body

Racial Trauma Affects the Body

Here at Bodyful Healing we support black women who are living with depression. We hope this depression meal and those that follow, will add to the arsenal of resources already available — dance/movement psychotherapy sessions, The Bodyful Black Girl Podcast, online support groups — and provide a source of nourishment and support as well! As someone […]

Depression Meal: Simple Salmon Salad

Simple Salmon Salad Recipe

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with depression by a licensed mental health practitioner or Dr. Google, chances are you’ve looked in to natural alternatives to anti-depressants. This article discusses the gut-brain connection and how to manage depression with diet.

Can You Really Manage Depression With Food?

Can you manage depression with food

Oxford Dictionary defines oppression as “prolonged cruel or unjust treatment” and “mental pressure or distress.”

Slavery, Jim Crow, and modern day institutionalized racism are all systems of oppression that have historically affected black women and continue to affect black women today.

Oppression and Black Women’s Bodies

Approximately one in five women develop depression during their lifetime, and it is estimated that the depression rate among black women is fifty percent higher than that of white women.  

Depression and the Strong Black Woman

depression and the strong black woman

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