Mind Ur Mind: Depression and Getting the Right Therapist For You?
Depression is often misunderstood as just feeling sad, the myths and shame surrounding depression leads to denial and ignorance which can cause confusion and unnecessary pain. Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Getting the right therapist is vital, because feeling comfortable with your therapist and having a genuine good relationship will determine how well and fast you heal.
My first ever therapy session was extremely uncomfortable, I felt judged and couldn’t wait for the session to be over, my therapist was not only cold, but it felt like she was just reading out of a textbook, the energy or connection was missing, she wasn’t asking the right questions or any questions apart from the basics, so after two weeks of therapy, I decided it really wasn’t for me, which became an hindrance to my healing and growth.
However therapy doesn’t have to be daunting, so when looking for a therapist here are some of questions you need to ask yourself: (If you are getting a therapist from the NHS, these choices might not be optional)
- What kind of therapist do you want? A man or a woman?
- Someone from the same country as you? Black, White or Asian?
- Similar age group as you?
- What do you aim to get at the end of your session?
- How do you want your therapist to help you?
- Are you ready to be honest and vulnerable?
However on the 18th of November, from 6-9pm at the 198 Arts Contemporary Arts and Learning Building, Afrokanist Magazine will be holding an event on Depression and Healing the event aims to highlight the importance of addressing Mental Health and to challenge common misconceptions about depression and anxiety within the Black Community and support them in identifying common triggers and to provide professional answers to all of your questions regarding depression and anxiety.
We will be providing you with the opportunity to ask our guest speaker Nadia Nwuanga a NHS Primary Care Psychology Service Therapist, any questions you have regarding getting the right therapist, how to get the right therapist and how you know you are in safe hands.
The event will be hosted by Business Management, Business Strategist and Content Marketer Mariam Tijani and Founder and CEO of Afrokanist Magazine, Editor , Digital Marketer, Content creator and Photographer Abiola Balikis Bankole.
Place: 198 Gallery
Address: 198 Railton Rd Herne Hill London SE24 0JT
Activities: Panel Discussion
Focus Groups: Men and Women
Parking/Travel details:198 is located at the junction between Railton Road and Hurst Street
Train: Herne Hill
Buses: 322, 196, 3, 37, 201, 68, 468 to Herne Hill
There are two parking bays less than 10 metres from the building on Hurst Street, provided for the disabled. There is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets. The building is accessible to wheelchair users with disabled and baby changing facilities.