On Breaking Family Patterns to Move Forward
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On Breaking Family Patterns to Move Forward

On Breaking Family Patterns to Move Forward: A Conversation with Nedra Glover Tawwab and Minaa B.



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Every family has a story. For some of us, our family of origin is a solid foundation that feeds our confidence and helps us navigate life’s challenges. For others, it’s a source of pain, hurt, and conflict that can feel like a lifelong burden. Licensed therapist and bestselling relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab is an expert in helping individuals reclaim their voice and set healthy boundaries. In her latest book, Drama Free, she offers clear advice for identifying dysfunctional family patterns and choosing the best path to breaking the cycle and moving forward.

From the trauma of emotional neglect to the legacy of addicted or absent parents, to mental health struggles in siblings and other relatives, and more, Nedra shares tools to help you take control of your own life—and honor the person you truly are.

Join Nedra and writer, author, and licensed mental health professional Minaa B. in a conversation about understanding and moving past family struggles—and living your life, your way.

Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW, is a New York Times best-selling author, licensed therapist, and sought-after relationship expert. She has practiced relationship therapy for 15 years and is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Kaleidoscope Counseling. Every day she helps people create healthy relationships by teaching them how to implement boundaries. Her philosophy is that a lack of boundaries and assertiveness underlies most relationship issues, and her gift is helping people create healthy relationships with themselves and others. 

Nedra earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has additional certifications in working with families and couples and in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, plus advanced training for counseling adults who've experienced childhood emotional neglect. 

Nedra has appeared as an expert on Red Table Talk, The Breakfast Club, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning Show to name a few. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vice and has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Good Life Project, Sofia with an F, and Therapy For Black Girls. She runs a popular Instagram account where she shares practices, tools, and reflections for mental health and hosts weekly Q&As.

Minaa B. is a writer, author, and the founder of Minaa B. Consulting, a mental health consulting practice that works with organizations to help them develop psychological safety and become mental health inclusive. She is also a licensed mental health professional and worked as a therapist specializing in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. An expert in her field, Minaa sits on the Mental Health Advisory Committee for Wondermind, a mental fitness company co-founded by Selena Gomez. Minaa has also been featured in various media outlets such as Red Table Talk, Peace of Mind With Taraji, BBC, Essence, and more. She lives in New York City.

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