10 Questions With: A Mental Health Therapist
Calling Cleveland Robinson a mental health therapist doesn't seem right because he's so much more than that. He's a mental health therapist/advocate, musician, entrepreneur, mentor and more than I probably know. He was kind enough to have a mental health conversation with me on Instagram Live back in December 2020. Find that conversation here. Now, we're back at it with the updated, condensed and written version.
So, here are 10 Questions with Cleveland Robinson, a certified mental health therapist.
1. Who are you & what do you do?
I am Cleveland Robinson, an artist, entrepreneur and mental health therapist.
2. When it comes to mental health, what areas are your expertise?
I focus on families, children and life transitions.
3. In today’s landscape (COVID-19), what issues do you see arising now more than ever and what are some preventative measures people can take?
People isolating is one of the biggest issues. This increases the possibility of depression and anxiety. In addition, people should limit their access to social media as it can perpetuate fear and anxiety that may be exaggerated.
4. How can someone tell if they or someone close to them is having a mental health problem? In these circumstances, what should they do?
Pay attention to changes in patterns or if someone withdraws. In these cases, family should ask if someone is ok, needs help or just be a listening ear. Most importantly, be present.
5. There’s a huge debate on whether prescription drugs are needed with difficulties such as depression or anxiety. What are your thoughts regarding this topic?
There are many interventions that can be effective. All individuals should speak with a professional and not be afraid to do what is going to make them most healthy. No matter what, they must focus on being healthy.
6. Personally, I have had to overcome a lot of anxiety. For myself and for others out there dealing with anxiety, what are the best ways to battle these feelings?
When dealing with anxiety you must focus on finding out what your triggers are and remove/minimize them. Secondly, learning interventions and skills that can assist with coping with anxiety.
7. My mother suffers from PTSD; she’s been abused both mentally & physically and she is an addict which has taken quite the toll on both her brain and body. What are some ways I can help her regain control of her mind?
When you have a relative or loved one who is an addict, it is important to not enable. Be supportive, a listening ear and do not push your agenda as hard as that may be. People have to quit addiction when they are ready.
8. At times, we are all sad or feel beat down. When is it time to reach out to a therapist?
When your emotions get to the point where you feel as if it is disrupting your life it is important to reach out to a therapist. You want to counter this before things get unbearable or hard to control.
9. I’m an avid reader and learner; what are some books and resources anyone can use to broaden their knowledge more regarding mental health?
Book: Breaking The Cycle (This book is geared towards sex addiction but can be used to help other issues)
10. On a final note: What is the best way to improve overall mental wellbeing on a daily or weekly basis?
Focus on overall mental health. Physically through exercise and food. Mentally through taking breaks and not being overwhelmed. Spiritually, whether this is through prayer, meditation and fellowship. Overall, most importantly by learning yourself and finding out who you are you will discover what you need to live your best life.
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Again, for more in depth answers to these questions watch our Instagram live story here. I want to give a huge thank you to Cleveland for taking the time to share his knowledge. Much respect!
Greg is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native with a passion for personal growth.