Covenant Care Counseling Center
Where CARE is in the NAME
Why do I get out of bed every day?
To enrich and empower people to be the BEST they want to BE. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Senior Pastor, former educator, Professional School Counselor, Community Leader, Police & Funeral Home Chaplain, and Racial Equity Consultant, specializing in Historical Racial Trauma.
During the pandemic, I launched my business, IN*SPIRATION a Trauma-Informed Educational Planning & Consultant company. IN*SPIRATION provides an understanding of how historical trauma presents itself today, recognizing the impact of racial trauma, describing symptoms of racial trauma, understanding the similarities and differences between Trauma-Informed Care & Racially Conscious Trauma-Informed Care, and describing actionable steps and strategies to address racial trauma in a racially conscious way.
Underneath the IN*SPIRATION umbrella, I began my private counseling practice, Covenant Care Counseling Center (4C) where my mantra is: “We foresee you in the future and you look better than your past.” 4C offers a variety of professional services designed to provide the most effective care possible for each client.
What is depression?
Depression is a mental health condition that causes you to feel sad, lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy, withdraw from others, and have little energy. It's different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression can also cause people to feel hopeless about the future and to even think about suicide.
It is not a character flaw, and it does not mean that you are a bad or weak person.
Depression is very common. It affects people of all ages.
If you think you may be depressed, tell your doctor. Treatment can help you enjoy life again.
What causes it?
When you have depression, there may be problems with activity levels in certain parts of your brain. Or chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters may be out of balance. Most experts believe that a combination of family history (your genes) and stressful life events may cause depression.
What are the symptoms?
One of the most common symptoms of depression is feeling sad, hopeless, or tearful. The other is losing interest in daily activities you used to enjoy. If you have had these symptoms nearly every day for at least 2 weeks, you might have depression.
How is it diagnosed?
If your doctor thinks you are depressed, he or she will ask you questions about your health and feelings. Your doctor also may do a physical exam and tests to make sure your depression isn't caused by another disease.
How is depression treated?
Doctors usually treat depression with medicines or counseling. Often a combination of the two works best. Many people don't get help because they think that they'll get over the depression on their own. But some people do not get better without treatment.
Antidepressant medicines can improve the symptoms of depression in 1 to 3 weeks. But it can take 6 to 8 weeks to see more improvement. Your doctor will likely have you keep taking these medicines for at least 6 months.
In many cases, counseling can work as well as medicines to treat mild to moderate depression.
Counseling is done by licensed mental health providers, such as psychologists and social workers. This kind of treatment deals with how you think about things and how you act each day.
If depression is caused by a medical problem, treating that problem may also help relieve the depression.
Anxiety can be a normal part of life when faced with stressors such as changes in relationships, presenting in front of a crowd, or making decisions.
When anxiety is persistent and interferes with daily functioning, it can be a symptom of a mental health diagnosis.
Some of the signs of anxiety include the following:
Sudden periods of intense fear
Shortness of breath
Feeling of impending doom
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical.
Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help them find constructive ways of managing their emotions.
Relationship counseling, also called couples therapy or couples' counseling, is a type of psychotherapy. This type of counseling helps couples of all types to explore, recognize, and resolve conflicts in an effort to improve their relationships and interactions
At Covenant Care Counseling Center, we understand that experiencing a loss can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. Our grief counseling services are tailored to meet the specific needs of those who have lost a loved one, pet, job, or relationship. Our therapists are here to listen, offer support, and provide guidance as you navigate through this painful experience.
IN*SPIRATION provides an understanding of how historical trauma presents itself today, recognizing the impact of racial trauma, describing symptoms of racial trauma, understanding the similarities and differences between trauma-informed care & racially conscious trauma-informed care, while describing actionable steps and strategies to address racial trauma through a racially conscious lens.
I have taught PK-5 grades for over 20 years. I believe that all students have the capability to learn and grow academically. Learning happens best when the learning environment is fun, organized, and nurturing, virtually or face to face. Students benefit greatly when they have an opportunity to have the support of one on one reinforcement. Looking forward to meeting you!
Your sense of self is ever-changing, not static. There’s the person you are at home, which is likely different from who you are at work or school. How you act and present yourself in public may be quite different from how you are with loved ones.
But which one is your best self? You may feel like it’s a combination of all those options mentioned above — or none of them at all.
But exploring your authentic self can teach you how to be true to yourself in a relationship, to be comfortable in your own skin, and to live the life of your dreams.