Onyx Monthly Newsletter
A new season is upon us! Growth and transformation are in the air.
We experienced fun in the sun for three months and now we can get back to our earth sign roots and revel in the calm yet fluctuating energy of the season. According to Google, some common synonyms of change are alter, modify, and vary. While all these words mean "to make or become different," change implies making either an essential difference in one's life or staying complacent.
We will take “change implies making an essential difference in one’s life for $300, Alex!”
This past year and a half has shown all of us that we can push ourselves out of our comfort zones and accomplish much more than we thought we could. We have tackled working from home, not socializing or seeing our loved ones, and ultimately came out on top. We have started new endeavors, businesses, patterns and behaviors, and shaped our thoughts so that we are transforming the narrative for our lives - mentally and physically.
We begin the month of October with National Hair Day and as Black women, this is something we hold near and dear to our hearts. A change in season is always a great time to renew and refresh your look and Fall is perfect for that. World Mental Health day is right around the corner on October 10th, and this will always be a day to reflect and make sure we are putting self-care, self-love, and our mental space, to the forefront of our lives.
Indigenous People’s Day approaches at the same time and we know wassup!! We built this country; Black, indigenous, people of color that is! Here at Onyx we are intentionally choosing to celebrate this day for that very reason and NOT Christopher Columbus Day.
On the same day we celebrate National Coming Out Day and the Onyx team is standing in solidarity and love with all of our brothers and sisters who are taking the leap of faith to live in their truths. Coming out to the world is a major act of courage and we definitely understand why this is a national holiday, because it is something to be celebrated. We stand in solidarity with you on this day and always.
FALL PLANT CARE
Fall is the perfect opportunity to grow and transform - just as nature inevitably does every season, so why not use this opportunity to nurture yourself as you nurture your own plant. There are so many Black Owned businesses that have started from the ground up (literally) and we want to highlight, showcase, and most importantly, support them -
Planting with P
My Crazy Plant Life
The months are just melting away and there’s only 3 months left of 2021! Don’t worry though, Onyx is still working hard to help those in need to manage their mental health problems. As things begin to shift with new rules and regulations, and of course our just every day issues, Onyx is here to help.
Take a look at Onyx in the media from last month!
September 17th : Christopher Kelly Event
The Onyx team had the honor of presenting to the participants of the Christopher Kelly Leadership program, designed to support the careers of local architects and designers.
During this 60 minutes presentation, Dr. Plummer and her team, introduced ideas that increased self-awareness, cultural identification, action steps towards social justice, and recommendations for self-care.
September 19th: Salon.com
Children discuss the effects of the pandemic on their school learning, with appearances by Dr. Plummer’s own son Bradshaw Cuff Jr.and his little brother Aiden. The kids get candid about how virtual learning has effected their friendships, learning and more.
September 28th: Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women - Mental Wellness, Health and Self Care
Dr. Plummer presented on intentional ways for women to manage their mental health, wellness and self-care.
Dr. Plummer lends her expertise on the topic of navigating a breakup and feeling “stuck”.
October 1st: National Hair Day
October 5th: Convos from the Couch
October 10th: World Mental Health Day
October 11th: National Coming Out
October 27th: Forward Promise Podcast
ONYX IS HIRING!
Take a look at the postings below and spread the word, we are looking to add to our team!
GET TO KNOW THE ONYX TEAM!
It’s Libra season and we have quite a few on the Onyx team celebrating another rotation around the sun in the early half of the month. The end of October shifts over into Scorpio season just in time for Halloween. Be sure to send the team a birthday wish!
October 4th : Qiana Wright, Clinical Mental Health Therapist
October 17th : Sakira Coleman, Education and Training Consultant
October 17th : Desiree Brown, Education and Training Consultant
October 24th : Ayana Malone, Director of Education and Training
Congratulations to Carrin Brown! She is now licensed in the state of Maryland and transitioned from a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor to a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor!
Congratulations to Shanelle Clay, our Clinical Director on completing her NBCC Fellowship year as a Minority fellow and presented her findings at the Bridging the Gap Symposium.
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Contacts for Crisis
National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8355; or dial 988
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Mental Health Crisis Hotline (DC): 1-888-7WE-HELP
Mental Health Crisis Hotline (MD): 301-429-2185
Mental Health Crisis Hotline (PA): 1-888-796-8226
Based in Washington DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, Onyx Therapy Group is dedicated to cultivating and strengthening the community through mental health practices. With a focus on direct clinical work, professional development/training, and sourcing, Onyx Therapy Group incorporates the values of integrity, respect, loyalty, community, culture, and excellence. As an organization, Onyx Therapy Group has over 15 years in mental health work and 20 years of education and skill-based practice that has positively impacted individuals, educators, and organizations nationally. Onyx Therapy Group is a Black, Woman, Veteran-owned business that believes in and designs transformative healing