July is Minority Mental Health Month. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) shared that over 60% of Black people believe that having a mental health disorder is a sign of personal weakness. It is also believed that only 25% of Black Americans seek out professional mental health services. I have the story of an amazing woman helping minority communities understand that mental health is important for your overall health. 
Keisha Saunders-Waldron is a licensed professional counselor supervisor who works with individuals and families to improve their quality of life through the use of counseling and a holistic approach

Tell us a little about yourself and the inspiration behind your brand. 

Keisha: I am Keisha Saunders, the visionary behind Confidential Confessions Counseling Services, PLLC, where I share my mission and distinctive approach to supporting C-level executives in the BIPOC community, particularly women in highly visible roles who grapple with imposter syndrome.

How do you define success? 

Keisha: I believe how I define success is epitomized by the ability to witness my contributions foster a strong sense of community and leave a legacy that transcends time. My unwavering dedication to empowering individuals, particularly those who have felt marginalized within any system, motivated me to establish a practice where clients find solace and support from start to finish.

What makes your approach unique? 

Keisha: What sets Confidential Confessions Counseling apart is its unparalleled approach that allows clients to share their stories just once. By devoting time to connect with new clients, me and my team ensure that each individual’s unique journey is heard, understood, and supported. Confidential Confessions Counseling Services, perspective goes beyond mental health, acknowledging the importance of addressing clients’ mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Do you believe in work-life balance? If so, how do you maintain it? 

Keisha: I firmly believe in work-life balance, not just for herself but also for her team. I have implemented “mental Fridays” to provide my team with dedicated time for self-care. To maintain my own balance, I follow the CCCS METHOD, which involves: Cease negative thoughts, and Capture a vision for peace/ success. Communicate and advocate for my defined boundaries. Seek support from trusted individuals who can guide the decision-making process.

What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new mental health professionals?

Keisha: Advice for aspiring mental health professionals is to learn the power of saying no when necessary. Delegating tasks and surrounding oneself with a supportive team that aligns with the mission, vision, and values are crucial. She also encourages connecting with small business associates and utilizing mentorship opportunities to bring their visions to life while staying true to their organization’s culture.

It’s Minority Mental Health Month. Why is the conversation surrounding mental health so important, especially in minority communities? 

Keisha: During Minority Mental Health Month, I emphasize the significance of discussing mental health, particularly within minority communities. Statistics show that mental illness affects individuals across all races, yet disparities exist. African Americans, for instance, are less likely to seek treatment and more likely to prematurely end it. Increasing conversations surrounding mental health helps combat stigma, foster safety, and comfort, address statistical disparities, and initiate healing from racial trauma.

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