Tamika Lewis, Author at WOC Therapy

Author: Tamika Lewis

Politics at the Dinner Table

By tamika-lewis | November 20, 2023 | Mental Health

Navigating political discussions during holiday dinners can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield, especially in today’s polarized climate. The challenge lies in balancing respect for differing viewpoints while maintaining familial harmony. Here are some therapeutic approaches to help navigate these potentially sensitive conversations.

A Journey to Break Generational Cycles

By tamika-lewis | November 13, 2023 | Mental Health

In the quiet corners of our familial history, there are threads woven with pain, knots tied by generations before us. The patterns of abuse and enmeshment are like an heirloom, passed down through the ages, a legacy none of us asked for. But within the silence of this legacy, there lies the power to break free, to untangle the threads that have bound us, and to rewrite the narrative for our own families.

Reconnecting with a Neglectful or Abusive Parent

By tamika-lewis | November 6, 2023 | Relationships

Reconnecting with a parent who neglected, abused, or caused rifts during your childhood can be an emotionally charged and challenging endeavor. The wounds from such experiences often run deep, leaving lasting scars that can make the prospect of rebuilding a relationship seem daunting. However, for some individuals, the desire to reconnect with their parent is motivated by a longing for closure, understanding, or the hope of a healthier future. This blog post aims to guide you through the delicate process of reconnecting with a parent while upholding your boundaries.

Connecting with a Loved One After They Pass Away

By tamika-lewis | October 30, 2023 | Mental Health

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences life can offer. The grief, pain, and sense of emptiness can be overwhelming. However, the connection with those we’ve lost doesn’t have to end with their physical presence. Here, we’ll explore various ways to connect with a loved one after they pass away, encompassing religious traditions, therapeutic practices, and ideas for those who may not believe in an afterlife.

Creating a Chosen Family

By tamika-lewis | October 23, 2023 | Relationships

Family is often considered our safety net, our support system, and a source of unconditional love. However, life can take unexpected turns when differences in ideologies, race, or leaving a religion lead your biological family to turn their back on you. In such challenging circumstances, it becomes crucial to build a chosen family that supports you and your children emotionally, spiritually, and culturally. This blog post will explore the path to creating a new family and traditions with your partner, offering insights and tips to navigate this transformative journey.

Breaking Up when Kids are Involved

By tamika-lewis | October 16, 2023 | Relationships

Life’s journey isn’t always a smooth ride, and sometimes, relationships take an unexpected turn. When children are part of the equation, a breakup can be an even more delicate matter. While it might seem like a stormy sea to navigate, with careful consideration, monitoring your children’s feelings, avoiding potential pitfalls, and taking care of yourself, you can make this transition as smooth as possible.

Honoring Stolen Land

By tamika-lewis | October 9, 2023 | Inspiration

Being connected to the earth and taking care of it is an important part of being a healthy and connected human being. However, for those of us in America, with its sprawling landscapes and diverse ecosystems, we know it holds a deep and complex history. To truly understand and appreciate the land, we must acknowledge the painful truth that it was stolen from Indigenous people. However, we can actively work towards healing and connection by supporting Indigenous communities and embracing a holistic relationship with the land.

Keeping Long Term Friendships Healthy

By tamika-lewis | October 2, 2023 | Inspiration

Friendship, the often-underestimated treasure of our lives, is like a delicate plant that needs nurturing, care, and patience to thrive. In a world where change is constant, prioritizing and navigating long-term friendships can be both challenging and rewarding. Here, we explore the seasons of life, the potential hardships, and the numerous health benefits that come with maintaining deep and enduring friendships.

Building Connection in an Intercultural Relationship

By tamika-lewis | September 25, 2023 | Inspiration

In the modern world, love knows no borders. Intercultural relationships, born out of shared interests, passions, or simply fate, have become increasingly common. These unions promise a rich tapestry of experiences, blending the diverse backgrounds of partners into a unique and beautiful connection. Yet, like any relationship, intercultural unions come with their own set of challenges and rewards. Here, we’ll explore the highs and lows of intercultural relationships and offer insights on how to build a strong, secure connection that bridges the gaps between different families and cultural backgrounds.

How Immigrating Impacts Your Mental Health

By tamika-lewis | September 18, 2023 | Mental Health

In the human tapestry, immigration is a thread that weaves through generations, telling stories of courage, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of a better life. However, beneath the surface of this seemingly noble journey lies a complex and deeply personal narrative that often goes untold—the impact of immigration on mental health. For those who have embarked on this transformative voyage, the experience can be a tumultuous storm, reshaping their sense of self, identity, and well-being.

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