Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill
Dr. LaWanda Hill
Breaking Out of Survival Mode
This week's episode featured guest Dr. Amanda Long. She and Dr. Hill gathered to discuss a very common challenge that is very familiar and relatable to Black women across the diaspora; operating in survival mode. Dr. Amanda and Dr. Hill discuss the habits of survival that our ancestors passed down generations, but took a deeper dive into the limitations of those survival tools. Namely, as we take life a step further and radically pursuing thriving, there is a new way of being we must learn and some old ways of being we must unlearn. To that end, Dr. Amanda shares her perspective on the difference between survival, resilience, and thriving. This episode is wrapped up by Dr. Amanda sharing her resource, The Strong Black Woman-Redefined, A 40+ page eBook designed to dismantle the “Strong Black Woman” schema by helping Black women unapologetically prioritize their mental health. It is an interactive workbook packed with journal prompts, reflective activities, weekly tasks to encourage accountability, proven therapeutic tools, and wellness practices. Topics include: Ride the Feeling Wave, It's Ok to Not be Ok, Pouring from and Empty Cup, and Sustained Self-Care. Check it out here:https://www.atruespace.com/shop/p/rolwy5dp74d78f8glzk6y9t8ahm64c
Practicing Vulnerability to Achieve Sexual Intimacy & Pleasure
The path towards self-actualization is a journey and not necessarily a destination. The same can be said for achieving sexual intimacy and pleasure in relationships, as this process is a layered one, specifically for women of color. In this episode of Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill, Dr. Hill is joined by Licensed Psychologist and Intimacy and Relationship Coach, Dr. Jacqueline Sherman. While the conversation around sexual intimacy and pleasure is never an easy one, but the ladies keep the conversation frank, flirty, and fun as they explore themes surrounding communication styles between men and women, sexual criticism versus feedback, and self-silencing. This is definitely a conversation that you don’t want to miss! So don’t forget to like, subscribe, and drop your favorite part of the episode below!
Courageous Conversations: Using Vulnerability To Give Voice To Self-Silence
Long time friend and fellow psychologist, Dr. Akilah Reynolds joins Dr. Hill to continue the conversation on "Black Women Doing the Work." In this week's episode, the work is centered on "vulnerability" but more specifically, the barriers to vulnerability. Like every episode of "Real Talk," the conversation between Drs. Hill and Reynolds is authentic, emotional, and real. As they candidly, yet gracefully, discuss their journeys towards emotional vulnerability, they cover some very rough terrain; however, they understand this conversation is necessary because vulnerability is such a nuanced and complex topic for Black women. This episode is definitely one for the books and is filled with gems concerning childhood modeling, community, fear, intimacy, infertility, perfection, and strength. As Black women continue to "Do The Work," remember the words of Dr. Reynolds, "The thing that you are often afraid of, is the thing that you need."
Understanding the Assignment: Pausing to Mindfully Do The Work (Episode 4)
In Black households, there is a phrase that is an age old staple. It is as follows, "When you know better, you do better." While quite simple, this exact phrase serves as a powerful premise for Dr. Hill's series entitled, "Doing the Work." Dr. Hill is known for keeping it "Real," but in this episode viewers find her getting "Real Honest, Real Vulnerable, Real Transparent, and Real Raw" as she courageously shares what doing the work has looked like for her. For Dr. Hill, and most Black women, "Doing the Work" requires releasing attachment, without judgement, to the unhealthy patterns such as a scarcity and survival mindset that have often been developed in childhood. While "Doing the Work" is no small undertaking, the reality is that it is up to Black women to mindfully examine our patterns, lean into the uncomfortable emotions, and take control to rewrite a brand new narrative. Because, "When you know better, you do better!"
Exciting New Immersive Workshops Are Here!
Discover Your Pathway to Pleasure and Courageous Conversations are workshops that will provide you with practical resources and: -cover the fundamentals of sexual health -explore through though provoking and self-reflective exercises the many pathways to pleasure - cover the basics of sexual communication -discuss sexy self-disclosure, and finally - put new skills in action with fun role-play To take advantage of this new resource, please join our mailing list at www.drlawandahill.com. After joining our mailing list, you will receive details and a special promo code to use when registering for the events!
Sexual Health & Pleasure-The Two Are Inseparable!
During this episode of Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill, Dr. Hill continues to effortlessly curate conversations, but this time she’s doing it solo! In honor of Sexual Health Awareness Month, Dr. Hill takes her time to thoroughly provide a historical, medical, and theoretical framework of the evolution of sexual health and the one dimensional narrative that has been perpetuated as it relates to this matter. Throughout the episode, Dr. Hill challenges the status quo definition of sexual health and proposes a new lens in which to view this important and sometimes taboo topic. Dr. Hill not only provides her own definition of sexual health, she also provides four components that she associates with the subject. They are: 1. State of Well-being 2. Outlook/Disposition 3. Sense of Agency 4. Capacity to Communicate In the words of Dr. Hill, “When exploring your pathway to pleasure, oftentimes, when sexual health is the topic of conversation, pleasure is usually absent from the conversation as preventative measures are often placed at the forefront.” As Dr. Hill bridges the gap between sexual education and liberation and pleasure, it is her hope that viewers courageously seek to find their own pathway to pleasure. The journey may be complex, but it will be fun! Finally, she provides a resource, Discover Your Pathway to Pleasure Workshop, a space for women to gather with other women for a transformative experience on the journey of evolution.
Pt. 2 of Black and Brown Women and the Intimate Relationship With Their Bodies.
In Part 2 of the their conversation regarding Black and Brown Women and the Intimate Relationship With Their Bodies, Dr. Hill and Relationship and Sex Therapist Eliza Bouqin keep the intimacy conversation flowing but with a pivot to explore what intimacy looks like when pursuing self-pleasure. The ladies leave no stone unturned as they discuss sensuality, sexuality, and the physical yet intangible nature of both. Eliza and Dr. Hill also get “real” as they discuss the powerlessness that women often feel at the hands of religion and other forces outside of themselves. As a result, the ladies provide 3 Tools to Overcome Shame, Fear, and Guilt to encourage women to take back their control. This is definitely a conversation that you do not want to miss! Feel free to drop a line below, and tell us your thoughts. In what ways are you overcoming shame, fear, and guilt? And, as always, don’t forget to pursue pleasure! It’s your divine birthright!
Take Flight, Together: Panel 1 out of 4, Coronovirus & Clinician Self-Care. Hosted by TogetherWell
TogetherWell hosted a free online event to help mental health providers with virtual practicing. When we polled the audience 81% reported having never offered telehealth prior to COVID-19. We hope the series of events helped offer some resources for further learning. For more information about Take Flight, Together: A virtual Mental Health Event, please visit: https://hopin.to/events/take-flight-together-a-virtual-mental-health-event. This segment includes Panel 1 out of 4 and it's entitled: Coronovirus & Clinician Self-Care. Moderator Dr. LaWanda Hill is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and curator of spaces. She identities as a proud provocateur for change and champion for wellness. Dr. Hill considers her mission simple in words and complex in meaning: to empower others to be the highest version of themselves. Dr. Hill specializes in providing culturally sensitive clinical and non-clinical services to assist others with integrating multiple aspects of the self into an identity that is authentic and facilitates overall wellness. Her services include individual and group therapy, workshops, consultations, “curating spaces”, guest speaking, and mentorship. Dr. Hill's areas of expertise include women’s sexual health, wellness (mind, body, and spirit) for women of color, multicultural counseling, “creating spaces”, clinical training, outreach, and grief. Dr. Hill is oriented to service and dedicated to lending her voice for social justice and systemic change. Speakers: Helen Hsu, PsyD, is a bicultural and bilingual (Mandarin) staff psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University where she is the liaison to the Asian American Activities Center. Prior to Stanford Dr. Hsu was a manager and clinical supervisor at the Youth and Family Services division of the City of Fremont. Dr. Hsu has been a director of clinical training supervising master's and doctoral psychology and counseling students at Asian Community Mental Health Services, Fruge Psychological Associates, and New Leaf. Dr. Hsu is the immediate past president of the Asian American Psychological Association and was a committee member on the American Psychological Association Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. She is the current chair of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Committee. Dr. Meag-gan O’Reilly is a Staff Psychologist and Program Coordinator of Outreach, Equity & Inclusion at Stanford’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Lecturer for Human Health and Performance in the Stanford School of Medicine. After over a decade of providing counseling, Dr. O'Reilly is Co-Founded and CEO of Inherent Value Psychology INC., which operates out of downtown Palo Alto and provides group and individual clinical services for Silicon Valley professionals as well as national and international consultation, and speaking engagements. Notably, she took to the TEDx stage in 2018 to remind us all of our unconditional worth as people. Her talk: Enough is Enough: The Power of You Inherent Value can be seen on Youtube. Her research focuses on social justice and her areas of clinical expertise include college student mental health, perfectionism, trauma, and social identities particularly social class, race, and gender. She believes deeply in the transformative power of psychological science to liberate and improves lives. Here are additional notes/resources from our event: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xhWjWa_INvJdZKkj11qoM5e7mFo99dEieZn9siqW0I0/edit?fbclid=IwAR0FDt_edz4dxhQrZiOYjo4ADXhquhSFt-DRYy7YXTdZnbxmMoYe6xhWyRA Because 100% of our attendee's requested additional events from us we will be hosting an event every THIRD THURSDAY. To learn more, please visit: https://www.togetherwell.org/events-calendar Are you interested in becoming a speaker? Fill out this survey, and tell us more about your expertise: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG2VzpVhrus-2qZm5ShuUewa8lB9B73BbNPhdKVsCqnGQm9w/viewform www.togetherwell.org DISCLAIMER: Thank you for joining TogetherWell's event. Please note that the opinions, advice and information offered today are the opinions and advice of the panelists and not that of TogetherWell. TogetherWell does not take responsibility for any of the content provided. TogetherWell is a nonpartisan mental health advocacy organization without party affiliation, bias, or designation. We seek to work with all Members of Congress, regardless of their political affiliation, to advance such policies. We hope you enjoy the event. If you are in need of support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The Break Room - Mental Health, Wellness & Healing for Black Folks at Work
This is the podcast adaptation of the first episode of The Break Room! Part of the Living Corporate network, The Break Room is a live web show (every Thursday at 7PM Central) focused on mental health, wellness and healing for Black folks at work. You can expect real talk from real experts about the real ways Black folks can protect and heal themselves from racialized trauma at work. The Break Room provides dynamic insight, education, and consultation on mental health for Black professionals. Led by four independent mental health clinicians and researchers, each host brings their unique style and perspective to the nuanced and complex visible and invisible forces that impact Black mental health and well-being in the workplace. Check out full episodes of The Break Room, video included. https://bit.ly/3pFsW0e Follow The Break Room on Twitter. https://bit.ly/34R2ety Connect with all four of our hosts on LinkedIn and Twitter. Dr. Dixon: https://bit.ly/3uUyZjS https://bit.ly/2SbPBGD Dr. Coleman: https://bit.ly/3fUx0YG https://bit.ly/3ckGnyK Dr. Bamishigbin: https://bit.ly/3wV1WxJ https://bit.ly/3cgcpfa Dr. Hill: https://bit.ly/2SaKIh3 https://bit.ly/3z6eJzi Interested in supporting Living Corporate? Check out our Support page. https://bit.ly/3egO3Dk
Anti-Black Racism in Health Care: A Necessary Paradigm Shift
Stanford Univ. psychologist LaWanda Hill, PhD, discusses anti-Black racism and the ways it impacts health care, and challenges the current conceptualization of "at risk populations" which can lead to further marginalization. (Sept. 15, 2020)
Resilience in the Face of Xenophobia and Racism
TogetherWell is dedicated to lowering the barriers to mental health education, resources and tools. Our goal is to help improve the well-being of families and communities in need by making critical information and support more accessible and affordable. We offer free monthly educational events for therapists called, Third Thursdays for Therapists. June's event is called: Resilience in the Face of Xenophobia and Racism Speakers: Dr. LaWanda Hill Dr. Helen Hsu Moderated by Dr. Ankhesenamun Ball There has been a rise in xenophobic and racist behavior to the very providers who are on the front lines, ensuring our physical and mental safety, are some of the ones being targeted. Please join our speakers in a discussion of coping strategies and ways to create more resilience—for yourself, your clients, and your community. This supportive discussion will help not only those who are currently being targeted with and experiencing traumas from racist or xenophobic behaviors, but also those who looking for guidance on how to be helpful on behalf of others. This timely event is part of our Third Thursdays for Therapists series, held every third Thursday of the month. For future events, please check our event page. DISCLAIMER: Thank you for joining TogetherWell's event. Please note that the opinions, advice and information offered today are the opinions and advice of the panelists and not that of TogetherWell. TogetherWell does not take responsibility for any of the content provided. TogetherWell is a nonpartisan mental health advocacy organization without party affiliation, bias, or designation. We seek to work with all Members of Congress, regardless of their political affiliation, to advance such policies. We hope you enjoy the event. If you are in need of support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Can you or your company benefit from our services?
During my 2 1/2 years at Stanford I sowed many seeds that eventually bared sooo much fruit which include Transformational Series like: Stanford CAPS Diversity ,Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Seminar People of Color Affinity Group Whiteness and Accountability Affinity Group The Black Coalition at Stanford An Advisory Board Member to Presidential Initiatives to address Anti-Blackness at Stanford Transformative Gatherings like: Decolonizing Mental Health Series The Gathering Process Group for Graduate Students of Color Sankofa Mental Health Series for First Year Black Undergraduate Students The list truly goes on! Unbeknownst to me, the work that I was passionately doing became the blueprint for transformative change that organizations with global footprints like Amazon and Audubon, and higher education institutions like Yale and the University of San Francisco would call on me to offer my professional expertise on how to pivot meaningfully. Today, I am the proud owner and ÇEO of Hill Psychological and Consultation Services servicing businesses and higher education institutions who are looking for transformational change, and owner of Dr. LaWanda Hill, LLC, empowering women to be the highest version of themselves. Check my website out to see if you or your company would benefit from our services.
Women and Sexuality
Women and Sexuality
Dr. Lawanda Hill & Dr. Nikki Coleman on BIPOC Women Pursuing Pleasure: A Radical Act of Liberation
Watch to be enlightened by Dr. Lawanda Hill & Dr. Nikki Coleman who took the stage to talk about BIPOC Women Pursuing Pleasure: A Radical Act of Liberation at the World Sexual Health Day 2020 at Stanford University's virtual conference.
Welcome to Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill
Hey y'all! I am the host of Dr. LaWanda Hill. I am a licensed psychologist, consultant, content curator, and provocateur of thought. I want to officially welcome you to the channel. Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill is a space where we center the experiences of Black women, value our beautiful complexities, and provide thoughtful and informed perspectives that will inspire you on your unique paths. We cover topics that speak to your sexual, spiritual, emotional, and physical selves. Our paths may look different, our journeys unique, but our experiences are very similar. And I believe that if rooted in a healthy and fruitful community, we can all continue to evolve into higher version of ourselves. Real Talk with Dr. LaWanda Hill is a REAL SPACE. We are not here to perpetuate the cycle of fluff topics and perspectives that keep us stuck as a collective, nor do we aim to show case perfect journeys that are not without failures and mistakes. We are here to provide a platform to address critical topics and hold conversations with thought leaders who provide their unique stories and expertise that are real, relatable, relevant, and thought provoking. Here we push the envelope and curate a space that celebrates Black girl magic and community, and also challenge you to grow. We want to invite you to the space; each one bring one!! Welcome ~Dr. LaWanda Hill
Black Women and Our Relationships with Our Bodies with Dr. Ebony, Pt. 1
Our bodies are the pathway to so much that is essential and critical for health and well-being; food, relationships, intimacy, and pleasure. Yet as Black women, the relationship we have with our bodies has been colored by so much history, visible and invisible systems of oppression, trauma, etc. As we began to take an active role and embrace our new found agency we have with our bodies, Dr. Ebony shares her expertise on one of the critical relationships; our relationship with food. Dr. Ebony shares her approach to helping women discover a healthy path forward!
Black Women and Our Relationships with Our Bodies with Dr. Ebony, Pt. 2
Dr. Ebony and I discuss some of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves as Black women. She shares the 3 top mindsets that need to be shattered in order to improve our relationships with food and our bodies: (1) I have to get below a certain weight to be healthy, (2) healthy reside at a particular weight, and (3) our self worth is connected to our size and how much we weigh.
Black and Brown Women and The Intimate Relationship with Their Bodies, Pt. 1 Trailer
In the continuation of her "Black and Brown Women Body Series," Dr. Hill gets candid and "intimate" with Relationship and Sex Therapist Eliza Bouquin. Be sure to come back to experience the richness and magic of the full episode!
Black and Brown Women and the Intimate Relationship with Our Bodies with Eliza Bouqin, Pt. 1
In this episode, Dr. Hill continues the conversation around her series, “Black and Brown Women and Their Relationship with Their Bodies” with Relationship and Sex Therapist Eliza Bouqin. During this powerful conversation, the concept of intimacy is explored challenging viewers to not limit the concept in a monolithic manner. Typically expressed only in the physical, Eliza provides eloquent insight into the topic by elevating its emotional, energetic, and historical undertones that must all be acknowledged before true intimacy, or in-to-me-you-see, can be reached. As the conversation continues, Eliza and Dr. Hill engage in Real Talk as they encourage black and brown women to understand that intimacy is not only sacred but it is their divine birthright that is not found externally but is a constant and ever-present part of themselves that can always be accessed through intentional awareness, balance, and healing. Can't get enough of Eliza, check out her self-pleasure meditation using the following link https:trswchouston.lpages.co/pleasure-meditation/