Dave and I sharing a little about our journey which includes and during week and
Providing counseling, coaching and consulting to improve your life, relationships and businesses. https://calendly.com/loveandacceptance
Dave and I sharing a little about our journey which includes and during week and
Let's answer a common question: What is the difference in Empathy and Sympathy?
Sympathy is feeling sorry for another person’s misfortune. It is limited to understanding from your own perspective. Sympathy doesn't look at how others are impacted.
Empathy is the ability to share in another person's feelings. It means to put yourself in their shoes so you know why they feel this way, also called emotional empathy. There are also two other levels of empathy (cognitive and compassionate).
Work through your own personal development journey and start growing with empathy.
Drop a 😀 in the comments if you want more information.
Looking to work on you and improve your personal or work relationships?
Download our journal prompts and take a deep dive inward to look at you so you can improve your communication with others.
Use the link in bio and download the journal prompts today.
Let's talk about mental health. Ask us anything and we’ll give you honest answers and feedback.
Post your question below or schedule a complimentary chat and we can answer privately for you.
We will be live later tomorrow at 12:30pm to answer your questions.
Link in bio to schedule with us.
The moment you are ready to give up is the exact moment you need to push harder. It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come and the progress you’ve made. You may start to doubt yourself and your achievements.
It’s completely normal and yet you have to fight the urge to stay in a place of comfort. There’s no growth without some measure of discomfort.
Focus on your next milestone and achievement to take the next step. Stay the course, take a deep breath, pray, meditate, and find your inner strength to go on.
Phone a friend, accountability partner, therapist coach. Whatever the goal and whatever the obstacle that presents, don't quit!
You’re almost there!
Download our journal prompts and push yourself a little more!
Self talk is so important.
What you say to yourself matters more than what others say to you. The little voice that constantly tells you that you aren't good enough is always with you. It tries to bring you down by constantly telling you that everyone else is doing better.
Block it out!
Don't let that voice stop you from achieving your goals, getting some help, taking a vacation, and putting yourself first.
That voice is you, and now is the time to change the narrative. You need to change your words so you can change your mentality.
Celebrate you! Take time for you! Do what makes you feel good!
Download our journal prompts and start thinking about you a little more. Link in bio.
3 Things TV Shows get WRONG about people with mental health concerns.
1. The person is prone to violence
Mental illness alone isn't a predictor of violent behavior
Age, s*x and stress level (plus other factors) contribute to aggression
2. The person won't seek help because therapy doesn’t work
Mental health professionals are written as cold and uncaring, therefore pushing the myth that “there is no one to turn to”
3. The person is overly dramatic
The reality of a drama-free life doesn't make good television.
When people are struggling with mental health challenges there is absolutely no desire to be dramatic. They’re often experiencing real life suffering that is deeply impacting their daily lives.
If you need any help, find a real therapist; not one “made for T.V." The truth is everyone has mental health and therapy can be beneficial even if you don’t suffer from a mental health disorder.
Mental health hygiene and personal growth allows you to work on the person you desire to be and the goals you long to accomplish in life, love and business.
If you need help finding a therapist or want a complimentary consultation with us, click the link in our bio.
Life is like a camera.
Focus on what's important.
Capture the good times.
You need the negatives to develop the full picture.
And if things don't work out... take another shot!
Join us in our Facebook Group to continue the conversation. Link in bio.
You can't take action and move forward if you’re holding on to past challenges .
Dwelling on the person you used to be and mistakes you made in the past doesn't reflect who you can be today.
Be the one who is ready and willing to take action.
Be the one who normalizes your struggles with anxiety, depression, stress, burnout or relationship challenges.
Ask for the help you need and expect it to be given because you’re deserving.
Be the one to end your family’s generational curses.
Don’t suffer in silence and don’t do nothing. Even if all you’re able to do is ask for help. That’s enough.
Only you can make that choice.
Comment below I'M READY if you are going to take action.
Knowing who you are and what you stand for is important. Your core values become your guiding light for boundaries you want respected.
When you stand on these principles, your relationship becomes stronger. What is one of your relationship values?
Dave is Guyanese and Indian. I am Black American.
We value love over tradition.
Remember, tradition is just man made things. No matter how many decades or generations ago it was written, it's just man made rules that you can rewrite at any time.
What's more important - tradition or your relationship?
On this journey called life, there are oftentimes when you feel confused 🤔 or uncertain about where your life currently is and what road 🚸you should take to get there.
Truth is at some point in your late 20s, 30s, 40s or even your 50s you realize the expectations you once had for your life and all you’d hoped it would be don’t meet the reality of how your life actually has turned out to be.
Not to mention the nonstop train 🚂 life has you on where ALL THE THINGS need done all at once 😩 or so it seems.
You may be tempted to give in to the temptation to avoid, distract, blame others, withdrawal and disconnect. I mean who has time for soul searching, self-discovery and connecting with friends and family when I just want to hop in the bed 🛌 , throw the covers over my head and wait until tomorrow?
My suggestion is you do this instead:
✅Take time to become aware of who you are, your purpose in life and what actions are pulling you closer or further from that purpose.
✅Remain inspired. Inspiration is that thing that moves us and it’s literally all around us. It could be friends, family, a mentor, books, podcasts, social media accounts or even your past works. Inspiration is required to feel something enough that we engage in the “doing” that moves us closer to where we desire to be.
✅Stay connected to sources of inspiration and those that are willing to support you, encourage you and hold you accountable. It’s easy to say, “I’m too busy”. The truth is you may be too BUSY but you’d be a lot more PRODUCTIVE when you’re connected to the right people.
Be encouraged folks, you’ve got this.
There is a fine line between being absolutely PERFECT and waiting to the last minute to perfect something.
Don't wait and don't try to make it perfect. Tip the scale in your favor and do it well so that you are authentic and honest with yourself once you complete the task.
If you need support figuring out the difference, reach out to us for a complimentary consultation. The link is in our bio.
If you are only looking for the bad (i.e. red flags), you won't appreciate the good in front of you.
Show up for YOU and be authentic because that's the only way your partner can be themselves too.
Authenticity matters from the beginning.
What do you do to be authentic?
What does it mean to you?
What does it mean to your partner?
Finally, do you both agree on what they mean to you together?
Only you can give someone else control over your life. And why would you do that anyway?
Your power belongs to you. If someone else wants the power to control you, recognize what you are about to give up and DON'T DO IT!
Your relationship should be about collaboration, respect, trust, and honesty. It should never be about controlling your partner.
Work with your partner to communicate, understand, and support each other.
What are some positive ways you work with your partner?
Trauma is an emotional response.
Healing is a therapeutic experience.
You can’t have one without the other.
However, you can live your authentic life and tip the scale in your favor.
Which one does your scale favor?
Drop a ❤️ for a healing experience or 💛 a for an work in progress.
Meet The Team... Sherrae is a licensed therapist and coach plus the founder of Love & Acceptance.
Here are 3 things you didn't know about her...
💖 As a PCOS Cyster, Sherrae is an advocate for PCOS Awareness as she has been impacted by it personally.
💖💖 Sherrae was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, but currently resides in North Carolina (And yes, she is a Steelers fan for life!)
💖💖💖 Sherrae's personality type according to Myers-Briggs is one of the rarest of all - INFJ. Being introverted and a therapist, she could be considered a walking contradiction!
Tell us one thing about you below!
Why does it have to be one way or another? Why does the all or nothing mentality seem to win out?
You don't have to be all business and you don't have to be all fun and games.
Harmony is important. Use the knowledge you possess to understand when to be flexible and when to be a little more firm.
Your life experience is about balancing the fun side with the serious and not letting one dominate the other.
What makes you satisfied at the end of the day? Comment below!
This is for the women…
We are about 3 months away from Black Friday. This is prime shopping time for the holidays.
But your job has cut your hours and your spouse isn't working that much either. Do you go ahead and spend money on presents & gifts like all is normal?
Or do you two have a conversation to determine what you want to do as a couple for the holiday season?
If you go ahead & spend the money without talking, what will THAT conversation be like when you show up with all these gifts?
If you have a conversation & make a plan, will you stick to it?
If...if...if… Share below in the comments what you'd do and why.
If your feelings inside don't match your appearance on the outside, you can only wear a mask for so long.
If you think that listening to old ways of “just get over it" OR "I don't see what the big deal is” will help you get past the trauma, you'll never heal.
We know you don't see it as trauma, but why are you wearing a fake smile? Why let their words bother you?
Trauma is an emotional response.
Take back your power for you.
You can let it (and those people) go.
When you let go, embrace your authentic self. We can help with the next step when you’re ready.
Being vulnerable exposes you to the outside world.
It opens you up to discussing your drug addiction, your sleepless nights, and your need for emotional validation.
When you remove the temporary band-aid you keep covering the subject up with, you give yourself a chance to do something about it.
Don't think you're wearing a band-aid?
What is that smile you put on to hide the pain in your eyes?
What's up with the deep breath you take to put some joy in your voice?
If there isn’t a band-aid on there, why are you ashamed, scared, and anxious?
It’s ok, Sis. We see you, and your authentic smile is gorgeous.
This topic is sensitive, and we won’t ask for a comment.
Instead, check the link in our bio and schedule a complimentary consultation if you need a non-judgmental ear to listen to you.
You can also download the journal prompts in our bio as well and start writing your pain away.
We see you and we can't wait to see your real smile again.
Your mind accepts what you feed it.
Are you feeding yourself (1) luxury, (2) mediocrity, or (3) snacks?
Comment below or let us know if you need a MINDSET SHIFT, and we will help you prepare a new mental meal.
We are so excited to let you know that our newest clinician, Jenifer Shadrick is now accepting clients!! She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor working in the mental health field. Her services are virtual just like the rest of the Love & Acceptance Team.
Jenifer is accepting clients who are looking for support within their family or personal life who might struggle with boundaries and rekindle their relationships. And she is currently taking insurance through United Health Care (UHC), Oscar, and Oxford. More networks are coming soon.
Her goal is to create a safe and accepting environment that allows individuals and families to develop self-awareness and positive coping skills.
Jenifer works on building trust in therapeutic relationships while identifying, exploring and overcoming the personal barriers that you might be facing.
You can schedule time with Jenifer by going to the link in our bio.
Can you feel the Love? We can and it is growing!
We are so excited to introduce to you our newest intern, Ariel Thomas. Ariel is working towards her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University.
She has joined the team to learn and grow while also maintaining her student membership as part of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Ariel is working towards creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for her clients to work through their personal struggles while also healing.
She approaches counseling with an authentic perspective using cognitive behavioral therapy while working with families and individuals. Social anxiety is a focus for Ariel when it comes to teens and children.
When she isn’t working towards her license, Ariel enjoys traveling, cooking, and being creative. Help us welcome Ariel to the Love & Acceptance Family!
You can schedule time with Ariel by going to the link in our bio!
How full is your cup?
While our cup isn't on empty, we realize there are a lot of things that need to be done in order to give more to you.
And before we can give you more, we want to do that in the right way. Let us take a few days to refill our cups and we can pour more into you.
Don't think "Bye-bye." Instead, this is a "See ya later!"
What do you do to fill your cup when you need it?
Vulnerability requires sacrifice.
You have to be willing to sacrifice what you think you know about communicating and be willing to communicate authentically.
If you are holding back your feelings or that thing you did because you thought your relationship was on a "break," you aren't willing to put in the sacrifice to improve your communication and move the relationship forward.
Why build on a faulty foundation? Be honest and open up to your partner so you can grow from a place of authenticity together.
Hit us in the DMs if you want to be vulnerable and open up. We can help you find the right first step.
What is your emotional intelligence?
Are you aware of yourself enough to know when to share some positive versus something negative?
Why are you open to only sharing what will benefit you in that moment instead of being raw and honest?
How can you grow your emotional intelligence if you aren't willing to let anyone in to help you?
Emotional intelligence isn't about hiding what you don't like. Instead, it is about recognizing your emotions and managing other's emotions as well.
If you aren't able to do both, you aren't capable of being vulnerable with your partner and that will lead to communication issues down the line.
As a first step, learn to identify your emotions and what triggers you. Learn the difference between your anger and your jealousy. Feel what it means to be excited for your date night plans and not just happy because it's Tuesday.
The slow road is the road to the good intimacy. Why?
Because when you take things slowly, you pay more attention. A long walk on a beach let's you spend more time observing your partner and how they carry themselves.
Whatever the two of you are doing, slow down and be present in the moment. The more you are present, the more you will willingly open up and share what you might have glossed over in a busy setting.
Set aside time once a week to be vulnerable with each other. Share our feelings, emotions, and stressors with your partner.
Feeling uncomfortable? GOOD! If you feel it, then you are on the road to making a difference.
Tell me, on a scale of 1 - 5, with 5 be absolutely comfortable, how comfy are you being vulnerable with your partner today?
You have to be willing to be vulnerable in order to achieve greater levels with your partner.
Don't know how? Ask a question below and we can support you.
Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Love and Acceptance, LLC posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Send a message to Love and Acceptance, LLC: