Grief Counseling: Overcoming Barriers To Seeking Help With Reginald W. Lockhart, Resident in Counseloling 

WRT 26 | Grief Counseling

  In a world where silence breeds suffering, let us remember that seeking help is an act of courage. We must transcend cultural taboos and empower ourselves to embrace vulnerability on our journey to mental wellness. Today, we have the privilege of hosting a remarkable guest, Resident in Counseloling Reginald W. Lockhart, affectionately known as Reggie, who shares the value of grief counseling. In this candid conversation, Reggie fearlessly shares his personal experiences, inviting us into his world with authenticity and vulnerability. As the episode unfolds, Tina engages Reggie in a deep exploration of the taboos surrounding therapy, particularly within the African-American community. Counselor Reggie discusses the significance of recognizing that we all fall under the same umbrella of needing support, irrespective of cultural backgrounds or personal characteristics. He emphasizes that grief knows no boundaries and that seeking assistance in our journey of healing is not a sign of weakness but a display of strength. Counselor Reggie also highlights the importance of being present and attentive to the needs of loved ones who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide. Tune in now and take the first step to seek help.   Thank you for viewing this post. I am not a licensed therapist or professional life coach.   I am sharing my experience of loving the same man for 32 years, a mother to two adult children, a retired military officer, a breast cancer survivor, and my connections with others.    Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should reach out to a suicide hotline or local emergency number in their country — Watch the episode here   Listen to the podcast here   Grief Counseling: Overcoming Barriers To Seeking Help With Reginald W. Lockhart, Resident in Counseloling  I want you to be prepared. The real talk is in this conversation. I also want you to guard yourself if dealing with a conversation around difficult marriages. There are different triggers that could happen to you in this conversation. There is a lot of graphic conversation. I want you to be prepared for that. It may or may not work well for you. Just be okay with that if that’s a thing. In this conversation, we do talk about some of the taboos when it comes to people that may attend church or faith-based, people of color, and as it relates to mental wellness. I want you to also realize that that conversation relates to any community of people that are very proud and may not always seek out help. This conversation is value-added. I wanted you to be prepared. Let’s get into the discussion.     Our guest is Mr. Reginald Lockhart, but I’m going to be calling him Reggie. Welcome, Mr. Lockhart. I’m going to allow you to share a little bit about yourself. It’s always a pleasure to see you. I appreciate you and the work that you’re doing with widowhood and everything. A little bit about me, I am many years in a ministry in teaching and preaching. I decided to go to seminary and get my Counseling degree. I got my Master’s in Counseling. My wife thought I was crazy. She called it the cemetery. I did get that and I was very enlightened. What else is about me is my mother suffered from schizophrenia. That’s one of the things that led me into the counseling program in Clinical Counseling. I’m raising up my business, Train The Brain, LLC. It’s about mental health awareness and suicide prevention. I have a wife, Dorothy, of many years, a son, Josh and a daughter, Tyra. My son is getting his PhD at Boston University. I’ll be there to see him get his Doctorship. My daughter earned an Emmy from the 2017 Olympics. They’re doing well. I guess that’s all about me. One thing I want to share with you is when my late husband passed away, the first thing that Reggie sent me is this book that I share with everyone, I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye. This literally was my lifeline because there was too much going on. There was too much I didn’t understand. Reggie called me that first weekend. He said, “How are you doing? I know that was a dumb question. I know how you’re doing. It’s horrible.” Even for all he knows, we just automatically asked those questions. He said, “I got a book for you. I’m going to send it to you.” He wanted my address because we kept in touch phone number-wise, but we didn’t have addresses. I said, “When this gets started, I wanted Reggie to be one of our guests,” because as we’re sharing our stories, one of the huge parts of widowhood is to have resources. You may not all be able to be on Reggie’s time and on his schedule and personally, he may not be the person that you are organically connected with. This conversation is to find a very valuable, knowledgeable source that can help you navigate through a very difficult time. Reggie’s going to represent a lot of people that are in this work out here to help us because it is a very difficult time. I’m going to pick his mind. We’re going to have some fun and have this discussion. I’m appreciative of him taking time out of his schedule to be here with us. Reggie, what gives you hope these days? What gives me hope these days is to continue not to drink the Kool-Aid of my youth. There were a lot of things told to me being outside Detroit, Toledo, Ohio, in the projects that were harsh, abusive, the whole nine yards either from a mother, bullies or whatever. That has stuck with me somewhat through high school. As I got older and started learning more, I was like, “You’re not that person of the youth. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” The counseling has helped me to learn my child-adaptive ways of dealing with abuse or dealing with trauma and everything. I can …

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