CGE's Mini-Mental Wealth Resource Guide
"Church Girl, Etc. is committed to helping every person visiting this site to become and remain whole, spiritually and mentally."
-Briana Robinson, Creator
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, thin, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health is important at every stage of life.
The Church and Mental Health
Unfortunately, mental health in the church is such a taboo topic. It has almost become an unwritten rule that one cannot seek help from a mental health professional and be saved; if help is sought outside of the church, do you really love Jesus? The answer is “yes”! You can have Jesus AND a therapist.
Check in with yourself...
Changes in eating/sleeping patterns, behavior, and socialization, feelings of being on edge or of worry, mood swings, or thinking of harming yourself or others, are a few signs that may indicate the need for outside help. Do not be ashamed. We understand life can be tough. Seek and speak with a mental health professional.
Who can I run to?
It's totally okay to call a friend, relative, minister, or someone you trust. It’s even better to speak with a professional. To speak with a professional to learn more, or in a moment of crisis, feel free to call either of the following:
NAMI- Mental Health Advocacy (800) 950-6264
Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
Additional resources will be included in this guide as we locate therapists and counselors who are able to meet the need of individuals who look to have a safe space to release.
Below, you will find a growing list of mental healthcare professionals who are dedicated to helping those in need.
Ashlie Carr, LCPC
Founder, H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Manage Emotions)
Ashlie Carr is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She is also an approved Supervisor for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC) in Maryland. Ms. Carr has been in the helping field since 2011. Her passion and love for helping others stem from childhood. When Ms.Carr is not working in the field or spending time with family, she is completing her studies. Ms.Carr is also currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program for Counselor Education and Supervision.
LaQuasha Lyles, LMSW
Inspiring Change Mental Health Services
Mrs. LaQuasha Lyles is a HBCU graduate, having received her BS in Social Work from Bowie State University. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she received her MSW with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Mrs. Lyles is a licensed social worker in the state of Maryland.
Mrs. Lyles is passionate about being a voice for the voiceless. Advocating for those in need, who feel like they are not heard or seen. She also wants to normalize taking care of one’s “whole self” in an effort to break the stigma around receiving mental health treatment.
Mrs. Lyles is grateful for the opportunity, and very excited to join the Inspiring Change team. She wants to use her knowledge and expertise to assist children and adults with taking the necessary steps to ensure they live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Founder, Urban Trauma Counseling
Shinelle Oglesby is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who provides individual and group mental health counseling for adults and adolescents. Ms. Oglesby is dedicated to helping women and teens heal from traumatic events, including: childhood abuse and neglect, rape, domestic violence, grief – and improve their feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland Pastoral Counseling program, where she earned an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and specializes in integrating a person's own idea of spirituality into their counseling session. She believes that the counseling environment is one that allows the client to actively and intentionally participate in self-discovery. This self-discovery happens in phases and pertains to the individual's current needs and desires, meaning that the process of therapeutic self-discovery is something that happens both over time and in time.