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Self Care Vs. Self Love

A self-compassion workshop that explores faulty beliefs and creates new healthy affirmations.

Healing Spaces

A course on how to be a mental health advocate in our traditional spaces of healing. Learn how to respond to client’s emotional needs as well as practice self-care.

For the Culture

Educational workshop about inter-generational trauma within the black community and how to achieve wellness.

What’s the Matter With You?

The practice of allowing. A narrative and writing workshop focused on allowing difficult emotions space.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Wellness for the Culture EXPO – July 20, 2019

Self Love via Self Care Web Series – July 27-31, 2020

Pioneer Valley Conference for Women, Virtual Panel – March 4th, 2021

One Day You Will Live Scholarship Banquet – March 6, 2021

As an accomplished therapist, workshop facilitator, panelist, board member and author, Whitney Dodds is on a mission to shift the narrative of mental healthcare in black and brown communities, creating pathways for access and cultivating
conversations to dismantle and eradicate the stigma around mental health. She is a sought-after speaker, counselor, and podcast guest, specializing in empowering women and youth, and uplifting communities of color.

Whitney is the Founder and CEO of the Wellness for the Culture Mental Health Organization. Under this umbrella is a growing mental health practice located in the heart of Springfield, MA, the “; One Day You Will Live” Scholarship Foundation, and the Cultural Wellness Network Association, a collective of black and brown counselors in Massachusetts. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (CT), with a passion for addressing issues of inequity in access and quality of care in underserved communities. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from American International College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Whitney committed to showing that in the struggle for equity, “representation is half the battle,” and that “we don’t have to lose our culture to choose our careers or communities – Black is professional.” Her mission is to be part of a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable ecosystem of service providers who offer both professional services, as well as hosting and curating culturally relevant events and learning opportunities for communities that need it most.

Whitney’s presentation style is flexible, with signature speaking topics for larger conferences and events, as well as carefully curated and customizable workshops that facilitate spaces of vulnerability and healing for more intimate sessions. Passionate, inspirational and informed, Whitney’s keynotes are based upon the foundation of giving a voice to the voiceless, advocating for representation, equity, and justice in healthcare and self-compassion via self-care. She uses stories from her lived experience as a trauma- survivor and as a licensed mental health practitioner as tools to engage her audience and empower attendees and participants to open up and experience transformation and restoration.

Whitney presents on topics related to mental health, mental health equity and justice, entrepreneurship, women in mental healthcare, self-care via self-compassion, mental health advocacy, suicide prevention, entrepreneurship, and more. She has had the opportunity to present for a broad range of in-person and virtual events, including regional conferences and workshop series.

Client Experiences

“Loved your series, can’t wait to start my list! Thank you! That was a cool challenge. It’s hard to put your fears into the universe and challenge yourself against yourself if that makes sense.” 
  • Self Care via Self Love workshop participant: S. Rodriguez

“Whitney Dodds, I am in Love With Your Book! It’s Unique, it’s Funny, but Most Importantly it’s Real and Speaks to the Power of the Mind and Mental Health!! You are such a leader and inspirational woman who is committed to Wellness For The Culture 💖 Ladies I highly recommend this book!! Thank you Whitney for the book and the shirt.
  •  Whit is the Matter With You Reader: Regina Hudson

“After what seemed like the longest week of work I’ve ever had, my first day at WFTC Book Club was certainly the breath of fresh air I’ve been needing! A book and an hour discussion/conversation with some of my favorite women? LIFE 🙌🏼🔥. Thank you ❤️”
  • Therapeutic BookClub Member: Rachel Fontanez

“Just want to thank Whitney Dodds for putting on an amazing event! I was truly blessed and some of the discussions that I was involved in within the workshops about mental health and well-being put things into a much more clear perspective for me for what I’m going through and have endured. Thank you for the invite and the opportunity to take part in this event!”
 • Wellness for the Culture Expo Attendee:  Katrina Banks

Whit’s the Matter with You?

Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy stable relationships; platonic or intimate? At the basis of this what are the beliefs that you hold? What do you feel contributes to your inability to maintain these relationships? Some may say lack of communication, others, financial instability, or infidelity. However, there are things you have learned early on in your life that make it hard to communicate or difficult to be in a relationship with someone.There are things you have learned early on in your life that hinder you from being the best version of yourself. You’ve missed out on so many opportunities. In this workbook you will be able to examine our faulty belief systems and create new healthy ones that allow us to live the lives we’ve always desired

Whit’s the Matter with You?

Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy stable relationships; platonic or intimate? At the basis of this what are the beliefs that you hold? What do you feel contributes to your inability to maintain these relationships? Some may say lack of communication, others, financial instability, or infidelity. However, there are things you have learned early on in your life that make it hard to communicate or difficult to be in a relationship with someone.There are things you have learned early on in your life that hinder you from being the best version of yourself. You’ve missed out on so many opportunities. In this workbook you will be able to examine our faulty belief systems and create new healthy ones that allow us to live the lives we’ve always desired

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