In Episode 4 of Talk Wellness to Me, Ashley Johnson and Delilah DaSilva speak with David Hernandez, Therapist and Host of “Beyond the Pulpit”, a KJLH radio show that hosts provocative conversations with prominent faith leaders. In Episode Four, the hosts speak with Hernandez about all things therapy – from surviving an abusive, alcoholic father and honoring his calling to become a therapist to pointers on finding the right therapist for you. This episode is a fantastic listen for anyone who’s ever been to therapy, considered therapy, or is just plain curious about how it works.
Key Popsyisms From This Episode…
“I had an innate desire to help and connect with people that were hurting like me.” – Hernandez on honoring his calling to become a mental health provider
“When you go through anything traumatic…you always feel like (1) It’s your fault, and (2) No one else understands…” – DaSilva on the emotional effects of trauma
“One of my greatest tools in connecting with other people is just sharing my story…I want people to know that talking to me is safe.” – Hernandez on how he approaches his role as a therapist
“There are not enough men of color in this field…There are so many young teenage males of color…that need to hear from a man and see what it looks like to have a man talk about feelings and be vulnerable and sometimes cry.” – Hernandez on the importance of representation in the field of therapy
“Something has to be the impetus to get you out of your old patterns.” – Johnson on self-awareness
Missed last week’s dynamic episode on activism as a form of wellness? No worries. You can always check out Episode Three here. Until next time…
About the Co-Hosts….
Delilah Dasilva is a first gen Cape Verdean American from Boston. She began her career in entertainment working at the Roxbury International Film Festival and went on to work in the film festival circuit including working at Sundance and then transitioned to working in Film/TV Production for the last 8 years. She has worked on the Netflix show GENTEFIED both seasons 1+2. In 2020, she produced her first short DREAMER that has screened at the LA LATINX FILM FEST and OUTFEST. Delilah is a the Co-Creator of the Talk Wellness To Me Podcast, with her producing partner Ashley Johnson, that discusses the intersectionality of being black/brown children of immigrants and how we process trauma and get to wellness. Follow her on IG @ staayydope.
Ashley Johnson was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her career in entertainment working on hit shows such as “American Idol”, “Little Big Shots”, “Speechless”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”, and transitioned into Jfilms such as Universal Pictures’ “The Photograph” and MGM’s “Everything, Everything”. Ashley took the leap into independent producing, which led her to collaborating with “Talk Wellness To Me” co-host and co-creator, Delilah. Ashley and Delilah began TWTM to normalize discussions of wellness within black and brown and immigrant communities; and to share tools and resources that can help facilitate healing and expand awareness of wellness for others. Follow her on IG @ a.noel.j.
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