Our guest today is Amanda Iheme is a psychotherapist and architecture photographer based in Lagos. She is founder of Ndidi Private Mental Health Practice in Lagos, Nigeria. Amanda is a therapist and architecture photographer.
In this episode Miriam and Amanda explore mental health, childhood trauma, seeking help in the Nigerian, African context.
- Why Amanda chose to become a therapist
- How trauma affects the adult’s life
- How Nigerians are not allowed to complain about what is hurting them especially if it is emotional
- How the Covid pandemic hals helped people recognize the importance of mental health
- What clients she sees at her practice and the issues they bring
- How she takes care of her mental health as psychotherapist
- And more
“The shame really comes from the culture to be honest, it makes people think that these negative things that are happening to them, it’s okay, and it’s normal for it to happen.”
“I know how to manage my own emotions, and if it goes beyond what I know I am capable of I have friends who are emotionally intelligent around me. They can support me, I can ask them questions, I can seek their point of view. And I know that they will always be honest with me or hold me accountable, and they will support me in that kindness when possible.”
Figuring by Maria Popova (https://www.brainpickings.org/)
Childcare and the Growth of Love, John Bowlby
Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin And Meaning of Dreams, Ernest Hartmann
ABOUT THE GUEST
Psychotherapist and Architecture Photographer, Founder of Ndidi Mental Health Private Practice
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Contact: T. +2347063238701 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE HOST
Miriam is a Trauma Informed Coach, an African, a mom of three daughters, a blogger and writer. After graduating from the London School of Economics, she built her international career in the fields of banking and international development, working for organisations such as the World Economic Forum, Lombard Odier Private Bank, JP Morgan, the Mastercard Foundation and the United Nations. She now uses her passion for psychology and dedicates her time to coaching others to free themselves from the burden of childhood trauma. Her wish to help other women connect to their inner wisdom, love themselves and follow their passion. In her effort to destigmatize mental health and normalize mental health conversations in black communities, she wrote her memoir about surviving childhood and finding her worth.