ByBy Porsha Monique – Sherry Blake, Ph.D., is one of the most highly sought-after experts in the area of mental health in the country. She’s a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years and over 100,000 hours of direct and indirect service. She works with everyone from top celebrities in the entertainment, news and sports arenas to everyday people.
Rolling out recently sat down with Dr. Sherry, as she is known, to understand her dedication and desire to continue to work in the health industry.
Growing up, I saw a huge racial discrepancy in health care, economics and education. I wanted to make an impact and difference in the lives of others from a mental health perspective.
What’s your specialty, and why did you choose this area of health?
My specialty is clinical psychology. I chose mental health because at that time it was least understood and less talked about but had a major impact in all areas of people’s lives. I had a strong desire to understand people’s behaviors along with answers to questions, such as “Why did people act and think the way they did?” I also had a strong desire to help people who were struggling emotionally.
What are three things people should give up to live healthier lives?
1. What other people think about them.
2. Self-limiting thoughts.
3. Things and/or situations they cannot change.
Stress has a major impact on all aspects of your health. It can detrimentally interfere with your overall functioning if it is not managed.
What are three ways to reduce stress?
1. Understand what you can and cannot control. Let go of the things you can’t control.
2. Learn and implement relaxation exercises (e.g., breathing techniques, meditation, exercise).
3. Create “me time” as part of a self-care routine.
Finish the sentences…
I am committed to providing… knowledge to reduce mental health stigma and help people understand that their mental health is just as important as their physical health.
I work to make a difference by… providing needed mental health education and services to underserved populations.
To remain healthy you must… get healthy first and commit to a routine to maintain your health. It is easier to do by connecting with like-minded people.
Annual checkups and doctor visits… are a necessity and can save your life.
Health and wellness are… the foundation for determining the quality of your life.
A great day for me at work results in… peace of mind.
What are your favorite vacation spots and why?
Any beautiful beachfront. I can disconnect from my daily routine and allow for mindfulness thinking. Water is healing for me.
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