Our guest today is Robin Stone who holds a Master’s in Applied Psychology from New York University, and a Master's in Health Arts & Sciences from Goddard College in Vermont. Incorporating Transformative Language Arts, narrative and creative arts therapies, she uses expressive arts to help clients understand how culture influences their thinking and being. Robin supports clients coping with trauma, grief and loss, stress, and difficult couples and family dynamics.
Robin is also trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to help clients adopt practical lifestyle management techniques. She develops and shares great healthy recipes that support mind-body wellness.
A longtime journalist and author, Robin has written and edited about mental and physical health, food, nutrition and holistic living for more than 20 years. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at Michigan State University, she enjoyed a successful career as an editor and writer at a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press and Essence and Health magazines.
In this episode, we have a conversation around the power of storytelling and expression in mental health and wellness. We discuss her book, No Secrets, No Lies which shares compelling personal accounts from everyday people and illuminates the emotional, psychological and hidden consequences of remaining silent, and provides holistic, practical steps to move toward healing. We talked about her documentary, "THICK: Black Women Weigh In on Body Awareness, Food, Stress and Self-Care, featuring the stories of nearly 20 Black women nationwide –including Robin herself – the film asks how can we take care of ourselves in the face of stressors like work demands, relationship issues, cultural expectations and taking care of others.THICK centers on healthy weight, as Black women contend with weight-related health concerns like heart disease, diabetes and fertility problems in disproportionate numbers. Lastly, we discuss Robin's work as a mental health professional informed by her history as a journalist and health coach and at the end of the conversation, Robin's shares a powerful expressive writing exercise you can practice and share with your clients.
To Connect with Robin please check out her website.
Robins' book, No Secrets, No Lies is a powerful and daringly honest resource guide for families seeking to understand, prevent, and overcome childhood sexual abuse and its devastating impact on adult survivors. No Secrets, No Lies demystifies the cultural taboos and social dynamics that keep Black families silent and enable abuse to continue for generations. Among them:
Check out THICK: Black Women Weigh In on Body Awareness, Food, Stress and Self-Care, the documentary film.
Hurry! Robin's new Single Women Support Group starts Feb 19th! Click here for more information or to register.
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