Shacunda Rodgers, Ph.D.,
My name is Dr. Shacunda Rodgers, and I am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, where I treat teens and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. For the 13 years that I have been a psychologist, I have been teaching and practicing mindfulness for the last 12 of them. I have found that mindfulness, with regular practice, brings not only a sense of being centered and balanced, but also helps with being more kind and compassionate—toward one's own self as well as others. It also strengthens your ability to “show up” and be more present in day-to-day life. As a long term benefit, mindfulness has a way of making sunny days feel brighter, and also strengthens your capacity to weather and endure those darker days as well.
Because of the amount of growth I have seen in my patients who have adopted mindfulness practice, as well as the immense benefit I have experienced personally through the use of mindfulness, I decided to extend this work and share it with others beyond the walls of my therapy office. I wanted to focus my efforts toward one specific group, African-American women—1) because I am one (!), and 2) because I wanted to use this as a vehicle to serve and bring healing to an often underrepresented group in therapy. And that is how Melanin Meets Mindfulness was born! My desire is to use mindfulness as a vehicle for establishing a sense of community and sisterhood, as we help one another move toward becoming the best versions of ourselves.