Mental health and wellness is very important to us and is a topic that we here at Black With No Chaser are dedicated to tackling head on. In our fight to destigmatize mental health, we have come across many allies who are just as dedicated to the cause. One of those allies is Dr. Ebony Butler.Ebony Butler, PhD., a native of Mississippi, is a Licensed Psychologist and Food Relationship Strategist who has made it her mission to help women of color heal and thrive in the areas of trauma and diet recovery. In her private practice, she selectively works with Black women and trauma survivors as well as marginalized groups such as LGBTQ and those who identify as Black.
Dr. Ebony, as she is affectionately known, is a visionary and a teacher. She is also the creator of My Therapy Cards.
It is the first ever therapy deck designed with Black women in mind. When asked if these cards will ever be opened up for everyone, she replied, “No, anybody can use them but I am specifically creating them for Black people. I want us to have better access to mental health and I want us to be able to talk about it in ways that actually feel good to us.”
During our chat, she talked about how she created the cards to bridge the gap for the many barriers that make it difficult for Black people to engage in therapy services. She says, “Part of what keeps us stuck is that we struggle with mindset stuff…our mental blocks. We struggle with changing habits, and we struggle with coping skills and learning ways to respond to our triggers in ways that are effective. So these cards are designed to address those things.” Ideally she said that her mission is for the cards to serve as a tool to help you understand your problem areas and begin to do the work in the areas keeping you from living your best life.
Here is what is included with the card deck:
• 12 cards with prompts and tasks for each category (mental blocks, habit blocks, and ineffective coping skills) for a total of 36 cards.
• A designated comprehensive glossary card for common terms and language.
• QR codes for additional resources, support and guidance, including resources to locate local therapists for continued outside support.
• Access to a private Facebook Group for additional learning, support, and community.
• Access to journals, worksheets, and live streams for additional support.
The My Therapy Cards are available for pre-order and will be shipped in July 2020. You can follow Dr. Ebony on her Facebook page, as well as her Instagram page. On Wednesday, June 24 at 8/7c, tune in to our Facebook page for a live in depth discussion with Dr. Ebony.
For more info you can contact her at 601-559-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org