Niurka Maldonado: Wellness Support for the Black Community

Originally Published June 1, 2020

In the world of self-development, spiritual exploration, and energy healing here in the States, much of the work offered has been co-opted from communities of color with little to no credit given to their origins or the people who have been practicing the traditions for generations. Often people of color show up to events with no leaders, guides, or other students that look like them. This list of healers, therapists, coaches, and books was created with the black community in mind. COACHES, THERAPISTS, + GUIDES The Loveland Foundation. Organization The Loveland Foundation is an organization founded by activist and academic Rachel Cargle to assist black women and girls by providing access to mental health professionals. Therapy for Black Girls Organization Therapy for Black Girls provides a space for black women to gather, support, encourage, and learn from one another, and provides ways of connecting black women and girls to therapists. Dr. Jennifer Mullan Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Mullan (Pronouns: She/ Her) creates spaces for people and organizations to heal. She believes that it is essential to create a dialogue to address how mental health is deeply affected by systemic inequities and the trauma of oppression, particularly the well-being of Queer Indigenous Black Brown People of Color (QIBPOC). Preston Smiles Coach, Speaker, and Author Man Cave for Conscious Brotherhood Bridge to Love Relationship Course Jennifer Arnise Healer and Transformational Coach Ariel Davis Coach Davis is a recovery coach who empowers African-American and individuals with multiracial identity issues to create and live a life they love. Ariel’s coaching approach is informed by her professional ADHD coaching training with the ADD Coach Academy and with Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and ADHD Coach Laurie Dupar, her mentoring work with teens and adults who have a dual-diagnosis (addiction and another mental health condition) leading addiction/recovery groups at the McAuley Adolescent Psychiatric Institute, as well as her volunteer experience in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Haile Thomas Certified Integrative Health Coach and Wellness Activist, Author of Living Lively: 80 Plant Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential (Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential Aycee Brown Human Design Expert Jaliessa Sipress Astrologer, Writer, Artist

YOGA + GENERAL WELLNESS Trap Yoga Bae Yoga, Affirmations, and Trap Tribe Membership Shana Nunnelly Sound Healer, Ritual Facilitator, and Meditation Teacher Rev angel Kyodo williams Zen Priest Brima Jah Yoga Instructor

RESOURCES BOOKS Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration By Jason Wilson Self-Care Check-In: A Guided Journal to Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You By GG Renee Hill I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m not Lying: Essays By Bassey Ikpi PODCASTS Come Through with Rebecca Carroll Episode: Bassey Ikpi Didn’t Enter the World Broken Good Ancestor Podcast with Layla F Saad Episode: Ep018: #GoodAncestor Jennifer Arnise on Healing the Black Mother Wound

CREATIVES Tawny Chatmon Photography and Mixed Media Ebonne Davis Artist Niurka Maldonado is a parenting coach, writer, and homeschooling mom with an interest in promoting discussions of race and inclusivity in the wellness and self-development industries. To learn more about Niurka, head to her website Connected Kindred, or follow her on Instagram @connectedkindred.

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