Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
The session will include a discussion on why therapy is important, with a focus on Black people, what to expect when attending a visit, why mental health matters, self-care in times of COVID-19, how to engage young people in the mental health conversation, and the impact of social justice issues has on ones’ mental health. The discussion will be held with mental health professionals Dr. Jerez Mitchell and Tita Johnson, LPC.
Dr. Jerez Mitchell
Dr. Jerez Mitchell is a mental health consultant and provides psychoeducational programming and advocacy for children and adults. She currently works at the Charleston Area Urban League as a Program Coordinator and Community Organizer. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Mitchell obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Spelman College and her Master’s and PhD degree in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. She completed two Post-Doctoral specializations: First in Couples and Family Therapy at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, SC where she provided individual, couple, group and family therapy for Veterans and their loved ones. Her second specialization was as an After-hours/Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Resident in the Counseling and Psychiatry department at the University of South Carolina (USC). Here she provided individual, group, and couples therapy for USC students and psychoeducational programming for the campus at large. Dr. Mitchell is an alumna of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning program at Howard University and currently consults for various boards and coalitions regarding mental health, diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Dr. Mitchell is the co-creator of Cuts and Conversations, an initiative to increase the retention, progression, and completion rates of Black Males at colleges, universities, and beyond. She is the co-founder of Southern Conduits, LLC which is a consulting firm that specializes in wellness management, community engagement, and program management. Jerez honors her sense of responsibility to her community and strives to advocate and implement cultural and evidence-based interventions and programs that can positively impact marginalized populations.
In her free time, Jerez enjoys spending time with her husband and son at the beach.
Tita Johnson, LPC
Tita Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over ten years of experience in the field.
She became a counselor because she wanted to help individuals, families, and couples face challenges and to be able to walk with them through difficult situations. Her passion is helping children, adolescents, and adults heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a more fulfilling and empowered life. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an LPC Supervisor (LPCS), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), and a Certified EMDR Therapist.
Mrs. Johnson has a wide range of experience that has led her to work in different settings with a variety of conditions. Some of her specialty areas include trauma, depression, anxiety, family counseling, and child and adolescent issues.
Mrs. Johnson currently works at the Charleston Counseling Center.