Wednesday, December 1, 2021

THE REAL FROM HOME: The Importance of Culturally Competent Therapists and Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris

*On Monday, April 20 on The Real From Home, each co-host brings Girl Chat from her home, during the current pandemic.

The ladies discuss how Taraji P. Henson’s foundation has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to help people of color afford the cost of mental health services. Co-hosts Jeannie Mai and Amanda Seales point out the importance of having culturally competent therapists.

Then the hosts welcome Tameka “Tiny” Harris from her home, to talk about season three of T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle. She and daughter discuss Heiress’s recent fourth birthday and how she received her first massage! Heiress exposes the state of her mother’s manicure during this quarantine, and Tiny also chats about husband’s T.I.’s recent comments about them making a quarantine baby!

Actor Neil Brown, Jr. also visits from his home to talk about SEAL Team. He reveals his and his wife’s plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary in quarantine, and also shares his favorite part about working with Amanda on Insecure!

And The Real reaches out to help a couple in Kent, OH, who are dealing with job loss due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and medical expenses from the premature birth of their baby.

Why It’s So Important For People Of Color To Have Culturally Competent Therapists

Jeannie Mai: A lot of my friends where I’ve given out my therapist’s recommendation ‘cause they ask me for therapy – or they ask me who I go to – and then I give it to them. And the first question they ask, my friends of color, mainly black, they say, “Mmm – are they a brother or sister? ‘Cause they don’t know my – if they don’t get the struggle, I don’t want to have to explain that to someone, ‘cause that’s gonna frustrate me more.” And that’s just real – what, real verbiage from my friends. And so I think about that, and I hate that for whatever reason, that they feel that person won’t relate – It just feels like it’s not available to my friends. Like, my friends who feel like someone is not going to relate to their experience.

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Amanda Seales: The cultural competency element is so integral because the black experience, especially particularly in America, is a very unique and nuanced experience. And there are a number of psychological repercussions that come from this experience. PTSD. Just the existence of having to be conscious of this whole other thing every day, how it affects how people receive you, how people treat you, the limitations that you are put under, etc., etc. That also adds stresses that others may not be able to relate to. And so to your friends’ points – there is a timid – no, timidness is not the word. But there is a hesitation about feeling comfortable to be able to speak those things to folks who may not have empathy or understanding. And simply – relatability.

 

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About THE REAL

THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy-nominated talk show now in its sixth season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken Emmy Award-winning hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Amanda Seales, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and shot in Los Angeles, California.

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