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Empowering Connections

Welcome to Empowering Connections, a podcast by Connie Akins, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Private Practice, here to help you heal your personal and professional relationships through counseling advice, tips and ideas. Empowering Connections will focus on healthy ways to improve these relationships, help you manage your stress and attain self fulfillment.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

In episode 65 my guest is Raynard Meridith, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a practice in Southfield Michigan.  We are continuing to  celebrate and acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May.  During this episode Raynard and I are discussing "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder"  which is often misunderstood in the community. Raynard provides us with the DSM-IV definition and gives examples of how PTSD effects individuals in our world. Raynard also provide intervention and coping strategies for families and individuals with PTSD. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression, trauma  or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

21mins

10 May 2021

Rank #1

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Mental Health and The Pandemic

In episode 64 my guests are two local mental health professionals; Eric Scott, LMSW , and Nicole Bell , LPC . May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are discussing how the pandemic has impacted mental health. Eric and Nicole share their expertise and some coping strategies to deal with all that is going going with the pandemic, social justice, parenting, relationships, and the education of school age children.Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

44mins

3 May 2021

Rank #2

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Fitness and Holistic Health

In this episode my guest is a fitness and holistic health coach from Atlanta Georgia . He shares his health and fitness tips . Fitness is a mindset and your health begins in the womb according to @Supremeholesticofficial.  He believes everyone should have an individual plan for health , fitness and recognize the utility of health. Health is so important to your energy and everything that you do in life. Focusing on your health is aligned to having your priorities in order. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

20mins

26 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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Addiction and Relationships

In the 62nd episode my guest is Charles Phipps , who is a Licensed Master Social Worker and owner or Paradigm Counseling . Charles is also a Certified Addiction Counselor who shares his expertise on " Addiction and Relationships" . Charles shares information on the stages of addiction, including how the pandemic has impacted substance use and addiction.  Listen to Charles share how alcohol and other drugs impact the body and relationships. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

33mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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Setting Boundaries with Toxic Family Members and Friends

In the 61st episode  I share  strategies to help you set boundaries with toxic people in your family, friendship circle or any other relationship. Toxic people are usually self-serving and the emotions you experience when they are around include stress and anxiety. In this episode you can learn how to start saying no. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

17mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #5

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Toxic Masculinity

In episode 60 my guest is Eric Scott , a Licensed  Clinical Master Social Worker , with a private practice in Southfield, Michigan. Eric  shares his expertise on Toxic Masculinity . Eric helps us to understand social norms , traditions and identifies the difference between masculine behavior and toxic masculinity. He also shares insight on her to help men become more authentic and caring in their partnerships and with their families. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

29mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Helping Black Men Heal from Trauma

In episode 59 my guest is Eric Scott , Licensed  Clinical Master Social Worker with a private practice in Southfield, Michigan. Eric gives some dynamic information on Black Men and Trauma . He provides insight into the types of trauma that black men suffer and provides an analysis along with strategies of how best to help them face the myriad of challenges that they encounter. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

31mins

22 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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Helping Teens With Stress

In episode #58, I am discussing ways that parents can help their teens manage stress and anxiety.  As students return to school for hybrid and in-person learning some students will begin to become stressed about the change in routine. Some teens look forward to changes and others will feel that it is a challenge, because the social anxiety that they no longer had to deal with during the pandemic while learning remotely will once again become prevalent. In this episode I share ways to help your teenager manage their stress and cope with changes. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

20mins

15 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Chemistry or Compatibility in Relationships

In episode 57 my guest is Dr. Ryeal Simms, PsyD a neuropsychologist and the_relationship_ scientist  who shares his insight into the topic " Chemistry or Compatibility in Relationships".  He provides us with the science of attraction and how our DNA is seeking compatibility. If you have ever wondered which is more important chemistry or compatibility listen to this episode.  You can find Dr. Simms at, @ drsimms.com or the_relationship_scientist on Instagram. Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

47mins

8 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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Millennial Dating

In the 56th episode my guest is Marquita Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor from Atlanta, Georgia and she is the Millennial Dating Coach.  Marquita shares her knowledge of how millennials approach the  dating world.  Marquita helps to empower millennials to have the relationship of their dreams. She has developed some affirmation cards for millennials to empower them in the dating process.  Are you in need of coaching or counseling for anxiety, depression or having relationship problems? You can find me at  my website, (www.empoweringserenity.net ) or follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/connieakinslpc/and  join my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/empoweringserenityandguidance and  locate me on the Therapy for Black Girls website for counseling. Please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast and help Connie Akins increase the number of views and listeners. Please share and thanks for your support. 

22mins

1 Mar 2021

Rank #10