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On Mother's Day in 2020, I created my podcast to help people in the community to better understand themselves, others, and a range of topics to support mental health, wellbeing, and ability to thrive as your true self. I share my experience and knowledge with you and have intimate conversations with a range of professionals on topics including depression, anxiety, dating and relationships, sex and masturbation, racism, alternative health, medications, and more. The discussions are "up close and " and often make listeners feel like they're right there in the room. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/brainlove/support

The Brain Love Podcast Dr. Delvena

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

On Mother's Day in 2020, I created my podcast to help people in the community to better understand themselves, others, and a range of topics to support mental health, wellbeing, and ability to thrive as your true self. I share my experience and knowledge with you and have intimate conversations with a range of professionals on topics including depression, anxiety, dating and relationships, sex and masturbation, racism, alternative health, medications, and more. The discussions are "up close and " and often make listeners feel like they're right there in the room. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/brainlove/support

    Hot Topics - Transgenders & Tips for Growing Older

    Hot Topics - Transgenders & Tips for Growing Older


    After a two-week hiatus we are back. Summertime began and we took much needed time off.

    In this episode we start with a short chat about transgenders. I conclude tonight's episode with ten tips about aging.


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    • 24 min
    Aging Gracefully

    Aging Gracefully


    Have you ever thought about life and how it can continue to be the same, or at least very similar, as we age? What I mean by being the same is that we still walk, talk and are nearly just as active in our 60's and 70's as we are/were in our 50's and 40's. As we age, we don't have to stop having fun and living life.

    Join Dr. Delvena and guests for her aging panel talk:


    Dionne Polite is AARP Florida’s Director of State Operations. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight and management of operations, which includes all outreach initiatives, engagement opportunities and education efforts in the state of Florida to its 50+ communities.

    AARP Florida State President Ken Thomas has always found purpose in serving others. Ken’s journey highlights his spirit and dedication to service. As the top volunteer position in the AARP Florida state office, the state president works in partnership with the state director, along with other staff and volunteers to lead AARP’s work in the state.
    ***********OTHER PANELISTS*****************

    Dr. Michelle C. Powell
    With a wealth of expertise spanning over three decades in the healthcare industry, Dr. Michelle C. Powell stands at the forefront as a Board-Certified Family Physician. Her dynamic leadership as the CEO and founder of both Powell Health Solutions and Weight Loss 4 Life is matched by her profound commitment to patient care as an experienced hospitalist at Jackson Memorial. In the 2004, Dr. Powell's entrepreneurial journey reached a milestone with the inception of Powell Health Solutions.

    NEUROLOGIST J. Ivan Lopez, MD: he is a distinguished neurologist renowned for his comprehensive expertise in treating a broad spectrum of neurological conditions. With over 20 years of medical practice, Dr. Lopez has dedicated his career to improving the lives of both adult and pediatric patients. His clinical focus includes managing headaches, seizures, strokes, and sleep apnea.

    Dr. George Love, Jr. is a Navy veteran and a paragon in the field of holistic health and wellness with an impressive career that spans over five decades. As a distinguished Doctor of Asian Medicine, he has committed his life to mastering and imparting the wisdom of ancient healing arts.At the heart of his professional journey, he is the founder of the Qi.M.D. program at Blue Dragon Qigong Academy.

    Jean Titus is a former financial advisor who worked for over a decade for industry giants such as Morgan Stanley and Citi Group but is now investing his time as an advocate in the health and wellness industry. He is involved in several business ventures and has become a Social Media Wellness Icon "TITUS UNLIMITED". He dedicates his time to building his worldwide brand TITUS UNLIMITED and Unlimited Supplements of which he is the sole owner.

    Gordon Eric Knowles is the President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is responsible for advocating for the interests of Black- and minority-owned businesses in the Miami-Dade area, guiding its members to capital, opportunities, and other resources. Knowles was also Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Miami Dolphins from 2006 to 2012 and Sun Life Stadium from 2009 to 2012.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Men and Mental Health

    Men and Mental Health

    I am soooo sorry for being late this week. The weekend was busy with work, hospitals and call. Forgive me.

    JOIN OUR PANEL OF MEN AS WE DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH. It gets personal and all of these men have sexy brains! Join us for this panel discussion that is full of gems and will keep you laughing. Join CEOs, a physician, a lawyer, and a mental health professional.

    Mental health is a critical issue for Black men in the United States, with unique challenges and disparities compared to other groups. Here are some key statistics and insights regarding Black men and mental health:

    1. **Prevalence of Mental Health Issues**: Black men are less likely to report mental health issues, but they experience mental health challenges at comparable or higher rates than other groups. The American Psychological Association (APA) indicates that Black men are more likely to experience serious psychological distress.

    2. **Depression and Anxiety**: Black men are less likely to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder compared to white men, but they often experience these conditions in silence due to stigma and cultural attitudes. Research suggests that about 6.4% of Black men have depression and 10.8% have anxiety disorders, but these numbers may be underreported.

    3. **Suicide Rates**: Suicide rates among Black men have been rising. According to the CDC, Black men aged 20-44 saw a significant increase in suicide rates from 2014 to 2019. Although Black men have lower suicide rates compared to white men overall, the rates are increasing faster among Black men.

    4. **Stigma and Cultural Barriers**: Mental health stigma is particularly strong in the Black community, often leading to reluctance to seek help. Cultural beliefs about masculinity and strength can prevent Black men from acknowledging mental health issues and seeking treatment.

    5. **Access to Care**: Black men are less likely to receive mental health treatment. Only about 26.4% of Black men with mental illness receive treatment compared to 45.4% of white men. Barriers to care include lack of access to mental health services, socioeconomic factors, and mistrust of the healthcare system.

    6. **Substance Abuse**: Black men are at higher risk for substance use disorders, which can co-occur with mental health issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that Black men have higher rates of illicit drug use compared to the general population.

    7. **Incarceration and Mental Health**: Black men are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. Incarceration rates are significantly higher for Black men, and the experience of incarceration can exacerbate mental health issues. Additionally, mental health services in correctional facilities are often inadequate.

    8. **Impact of Racism**: Structural racism and discrimination contribute significantly to mental health disparities. The chronic stress associated with experiencing racism can lead to mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    9. **Youth and Mental Health**: Black boys and adolescents face unique mental health challenges, including higher rates of exposure to violence and trauma. This early exposure can lead to long-term mental health issues if not addressed.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Girl, Let Go

    Girl, Let Go

    Hey-hey! I'm on the couch with author, Shenise Truesdell. She wrote the book, "Girl, Let Go or Be Dragged." As stated by Shenise, "it's a girlfriend's guide to not getting played or playing herself".

    Ladies, answer this question honestly:

    1. Have you felt foolish or stupid during any phase of a relationship?

    Shenise will share with us some of her personal journey to help us in trusting our intuition, setting and enforcing personal boundaries, making me earn the privilege of exclusivity to you, and so much more!


    Shenise Truesdell, the CEO, and founder of Behavior Etiquette Institute, is a Miami native with significant connections in her hometown community. With nearly 20 years of experience as a civil servant and a background in government consulting as a procurement professional, she brings a unique perspective to her work, combining her passion for teaching civility, decorum, diplomacy, and soft skills with her expertise in cognitive behavior therapy, customer service, and life coaching.

    As a former participant of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program, Shenise engaged with professionals from diverse backgrounds, fostering her passion for culture, diversity, and promoting social inclusion. She has also contributed to community engagement and youth initiatives as a former board member of United Way, exemplifying her commitment to supporting young people.Shenise holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. She is a mental and behavioral health advocate pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in social psychology. She firmly believes that improving consciousness, employability skills, mindfulness, and social skills can empower individuals to lead happier & healthier lives, form healthy relationships, and positively contribute to society.


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    • 23 min


    I am on the couch with Sonny Etienne, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Addiction Professional, and a National Certified Counselor. A graduate of Florida Memorial University, he studied Religion and Philosophy and Counseling Psychology at Trinity International University. Mr. Sonny is the founder of Introspective Counseling Services, a private practice based in South Florida. In his role as a psychotherapist and author, Mr. Sonny combines counseling theories and creative interventions to help people achieve greater life satisfaction. In addition to counseling, coaching, and consulting, he is a frequent guest on local and national broadcasting programs. Mr. Sonny addresses identity, purpose, and finding meaning that affects today’s teens and young adults, couples, and families. Moreover, Mr. Sonny helps others enhance their psychological, emotional, and spiritual development.He authored the book, "LIFE S.U.C.K.S OR DOES IT!?". During this interview we discuss his book, including his personal story of experiencing divorce as an eight-year-old boy. We discuss the meaning of life, and he explains how and why life may seem unfair. In the end, we both agree - suicide is NOT an option. Join us on the couch! ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE COUCH?

    Check out his website:
    Introspective – Inciting Insight (introspectivecounseling.net)


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    • 36 min
    A Woman's Intimate Healing

    A Woman's Intimate Healing

    Are You Ready to Take the Couch?®️ This episode was recorded live at one of our LIVE podcast events. It is full of several gems and lots of useful information. Two board-certified Ob/GYNs and a Trauma Informed Board-Certified Kink Conscious Sex Therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Sexology joins me on the couch to engage a chat about a woman's intimate healing.


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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

CutSnCurveS ,

Great Mental Health on Podcast Thus Far.

The amount of information and special guest Dr. Delvena brings to her podcast is invaluable. Having discussion about mental health are hard but I am glad to that this resource is available to continue to help break the stigma around mental health.

Voice Too Low ,

Delving PLEASE Project. We can barely hear you on Full Volume.

Please Speak UP

JennBradshaw34 ,

Great Info!!!

This is some great info. I’m struggling with my weight goal and between working out and what I thought was healthy eating……just found out is ALL WRONG. Thanks Dr. Delvena for this podcast. Learned alot in less than an hour. I will try these new options to give me more energy and get me off to a great start. Kudos to this podcast ❤️🥰

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