We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Ebony Butler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Ebony, how does your business help the community?
In my business, The Center for Creating Change, I work as a psychologist, Food Relationship Strategist, consultant, speaker, and creator of My Therapy Cards. In each of my roles, I am dedicated to helping clients, organizations, and other mental health providers gain the tools they need to create the change they want to see in their lives, workplaces, and world. I am committed to dismantling systemic issues that continue to create challenges for Black people and other marginalized groups. I am intentional about bringing this work into the field of mental health as well. My therapy practices include helping clients navigate the impact of racial trauma and empowering them to find their voice and power again. Additionally, I created My Therapy Cards to address issues within the field of mental health such as stigma, cost, and accessibility.
What should our readers know about your business?
Many times therapists/psychologists are expected to mainly practice in a serviced based capacity. I’ve created a unique niche for myself by creating a physical product that is not a book. My Therapy Cards is a card deck that helps Black women explore areas of their mindset, habits, and triggers that are keeping them stuck. My Therapy Cards has also expanded to include a Teen Edition. We are also working on a deck for men!
With the support of mentors, coaches, and trust in myself, I have been able to grow exponentially in my business. I’ve had to overcome my own self-limited beliefs and fears about what I am able to do. The process has not been easy. I’ve had to rely on my support system and network to push through the challenges. I’ve gained a great amount of trust in myself through pushing past my fears and taking risks.
I want the world to know that I am committed to the empowerment of Black women and the Black community. Everything I do is to elevate us, especially as it relates to our mental health. When people come in contact with my brand, I want them to see change and empowerment. I want them to see genuine care and concern.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a huge foodie! So, we would have to make a few stops. We have to stop at Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours. I am a lover of day brunches/parties – so we will have to make a stop by Ms. Icey’s. The guests can’t leave without trying Desta Ethiopian!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Sabrina Strings who authored the book, Fearing the Black Body. It was her book that helped me to change the way I view health and body image. Her words changed how I viewed myself. It even caused me to shift how I practice and the work that I do.
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