Creating Authentic Communities by Sharing Our Stories | Dr. Joan speaks with Bianca Hughes Part 4

The Black Community often conceal the traumas they face to avoid oversharing. As a result, certain expectations have been placed on Black people to be strong and perfect while denying them of the chance to be vulnerable. When we share our stories and experiences as a people, we can create healing communities that would help others experiencing traumas heal or even avoid trauma altogether. Creating authentic communities is critical to our collective healing.

In this episode of Hey, I’m Listening, Dr. Joan speaks with Bianca Hughes about Creating Authentic Communities by Sharing Our Stories

Bianca Kesha Hughes is setting boundaries and breaking barriers. Known for authenticity and heart-work services, Bianca is the ultimate trailblazer in the mental health and wellness field as a therapist, speaker, and podcast host, inspiring her audience to let go of the illusion of perfectionism. Bianca helps women overwhelmed with perfectionism connect to their inner selves to embrace their imperfections and authentically be themselves essentially. Her podcast, "It Didn't Break Me," creates a space for honest and vulnerable conversations. Her guests share their stories on the messy stuff they didn't think they'd come back from yet they are still here.

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What you can expect from this episode

00:33 Being vulnerable with yourself and others 

02:50 The distinction between transparency and vulnerability

04:18 Bianca’s Why 

05:30 How can the Black community evolve to being more vulnerable?

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About Dr. Joan

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D., is an award-winning Canadian speaker and authority on trauma recovery, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Joan has specialized in promoting the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities for over a decade through her groundbreaking trauma recovery strategy, The Forgiveness Method.

Her career as an individual, couples, and family psychotherapist has helped countless people heal from their past, transform their mental health, overcome challenges, and reclaim their lives.

In 2016, she founded Becoming Inc.; in 2020, she founded the Village of Peace not-for-profit organization. Dr. Joan is the author of 490: Forgive and Live Fearlessly, Forgive: Master The Art of Letting Go and Becoming the Journey to Love, and the mind behind the revolutionary new therapeutic modality and certification “The Forgiveness Method” launching in 2023.

Dr. Joan is a Jamaican-Canadian Toronto native who lives in the beautiful community of Kamloops, B.C., alongside her loving husband and family.
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