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Couched in Color

80 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Alfiee Breland-NobleWebsite

The Couched in Color Podcast is designed to elevate conversations about mental health in diverse communities. You’ll hear from mental health experts, thought-leaders, people with lived-experience, celebrities, influencers, and everybody in between. Remember to like, subscribe, and turn on your notif… read more

80 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S3E16: Empowering Gen Z to Explore Their Passions Featuring Morgann Noble

November 24th, 2022


In this episode, guest Morgann Noble, daughter of Dr. Alfiee and an intern at The AAKOMA Project, gives unique insights for parents about the …

S3E15: Expanding the Narrative for Black Men Featuring Shaka Senghor

November 3rd, 2022


In this episode, guest Shaka Senghor shares his inspiring story from incarceration to becoming a two times bestselling author, influencer and one of …

S3E14: Building Bridges Featuring Kheira Bekkadja

October 27th, 2022


In this episode, guest Kheira Bekkadja, a Muslim Algerian American college student making an impact in mental health, inspires listeners with her …

S3E13: Spreading Hope Through Content Creation Featuring Gigi Robinson

October 20th, 2022


In this episode, 24-year-old guest Gigi Robinson, a master content creator, graduate student and model, shares insights for living with chronic …

S3E12: When You Hear Me, You Hear Us Featuring Brooke Simpson

October 13th, 2022


In this episode, singer-songwriter Brooke Simpson, who just made her Broadway debut in the revival of 1776, shares the impact her culture as an …

S3E11: Creating the Right Parenting Mindset Featuring Dr. Ann-Louise T. Lockhart

October 6th, 2022


Couched In Color | Season 3 | Episode 11

In this episode, guest Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, a pediatric psychologist, parent coach and widely followed …

S3E10: How Sneakers Saved and Ruined My Life Featuring Trent Out Loud

September 29th, 2022


In this episode, guest Trent Out Loud, founder and CEO of Exclucity, a multi-million-dollar footwear and apparel company, shares his story of seeking …

S3E9: Mental Health Advocate, Mom, Veteran, Latina: A Hidden Healer Featuring Ayanna Kelly

September 22nd, 2022


In this episode, guest Ayanna Kelly, an Afro-Latina advocate, disabled veteran and mom, shares an inside look at her mental health journey from burnout to standing at the White House as a leader of the Mental Health …

S3E8: Carson Daly Feels Your Pain: A Special Conversation on Couched in Color

September 15th, 2022


In this episode, Carson Daly, co-host of “The Today Show” and creator of its “Mind Matters” digital series, and producer/host of Emmy-award winning “The Voice”, openly shares his mental health struggles. 

He discusses …

S3E7: Phillip Schermer’s Mastermind Approach to Mental Health for the Masses

September 8th, 2022


In this inspiring episode Dr. Alfiee interviews guest Phillip Schermer, founder and CEO of Project Healthy Minds, a non-profit created for a new era of mental wellness.

Phillip, who was previously a Vice President & …

S3E6: Youth + Community Mental Health Advocacy: On a Mission with Marc Mendiola

September 1st, 2022


In this episode, Dr. Alfiee showcases 21-year-old youth advocate/mental health activist Marc Mendiola, who began making a difference in high school …

S3E5: Beyond the Red Carpet: A Life Redirected to Service with Shanti Das

August 25th, 2022


In episode 5 of Couched in Color, Dr. Alfiee celebrates the comeback/reinvention of Shanti Das and her “Silence the Shame” mission.

Shanti, well …

S3E4: New Mental Health Models for All Generations of Black Men Featuring Douglas Reed & Reginald A. Howard

August 18th, 2022


In Episode 4, Dr. Alfiee speaks with two “brothers” serving the Black Men Heal mission, expanding the non-profit’s free online therapy out into the world with an ongoing tour in various cities across the U.S.

The two …

S3E3: Knowing That You Are Enough Featuring Adrienne “Gam” Norris

August 11th, 2022


In this third episode of Couched in Color, Dr. Alfiee goes deep with guest Adrienne Banfield Norrris, better known as “Gammy” or “Gam” from Red Table …

S3E2: Healing and Holding Hands with Maya Smith and Shadille Estepan of Born This Way Foundation

August 4th, 2022


In this second episode of Season 3 of Couched in Color, Host Dr. Alfiee interviews two members of Lady Gaga’s team from her Born This Way Foundation …

S3E1: Finding the Home Within with Dr. Jenny Wang

July 28th, 2022


In this opening episode of Season 3 of the “Couched in Color” podcast, Host Dr. Alfiee is joined by guest, Dr. Jenny T. Wang, who has been …

Season 3 Trailer

July 25th, 2022


This podcast is designed to elevate conversations about mental health in diverse communities. You’ll hear from mental health experts, thought-leaders, people with lived-experience, celebrities, influencers, and …

S2E23: Season 2 is a Wrap! with Dr. Alfiee

June 3rd, 2021


Join Dr. Alfiee as she wraps up Season 2 of the Couched in Color podcast! After 22 episodes, Dr. Alfiee sits down with you and shares the driving …

S2E22: He's On Wheels with a Mission and a Message with Justin Graves

May 18th, 2021


As a huge advocate for inclusivity and being of service, Justin Graves embodies that very purpose in everything he does, especially through his organization, He’s On Wheels. Tune in as Justin shares his experience of …

S2E21: The Winding Road that Leads You Back to Yourself with Matt West

May 13th, 2021


Join us as we uncover the power of mindfulness and journaling with special guest and founder of the Boom Journal app, Matt West! In this episode, …

S2E20: The Joy Of Being Unapologetically Me with Juan Acosta

May 6th, 2021


From the young age of thirteen, Juan Acosta started his mental health advocacy for kids at the intersection of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. Now …

S2E19: The Doctors: Black Youth, Parenting + Racial Socialization

April 29th, 2021


In this three-part episode, Dr. Alfiee chats with the authors of the book African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D., Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D., and Heather A. Jones, Ph.D.

We …

S2E18: My Culture Does Not Take Away From, It Only Adds to My Character with Jason Phillips

April 22nd, 2021


We’ve all experienced growing pains in our lives. The struggles of fitting in, overcoming fears, even navigating insecurities can oftentimes be too much to bear, especially for young people. But therapist, life coach, …

S2E17: My Journey to Knowing: Black Boys, Mental Health and Healing from Trauma with Brittney Morris

April 15th, 2021


In this episode, published author Brittney Morris joins us to chat about her latest novel The Cost of Knowing with your host, Dr. Alfiee. The Cost of Knowing is a celebration of Black men and shines a spotlight on the …

S2E16: U Good?: Black Mental Health in the Age of COVID with Ali Gates and Evans Anyanwu

April 8th, 2021


Founders and creators Ali Gates and Evans Anyanwu of the U; Good? app have been making waves in the mental health space with their platform. Find out how they are breaking intergenerational chains as Black men by not …

S2E15: I Woke Up Like This... On Purpose: Black Men, Medicine and Mental Health with Dr. Russell Ledet

April 1st, 2021


In this episode, we invite medical expert and cancer scientist, Dr. Russell Ledet to discuss his life’s work and the moments leading up to his achievements as a Black man in the field of academic medicine. Tune in as …

S2E14: On Eating Disorders, Yoga + a Tight Shoe Game with Dr. E2K Dzirasa

March 25th, 2021


Did you know that 9% of the U.S. population (that’s 28.8 million Americans!) will have an eating disorder in their lifetime? Yet many people …

S2E13: I Slay...All Day with Ryan Mitchell

March 18th, 2021


We are so excited to have Ryan Mitchell, host of the Channel Q radio show ‘Let’s Go There with Shira & Ryan’, joining us today! Ryan is a …

S2E12: The Sad Girls Club with Elyse and Brianne

March 11th, 2021


In this episode, we are joined by the founders of the Sad Girls Club - Elyse and Brianne, to take a deep dive into mental health for BIPOC women and femmes who are part of their super inclusive Gen Z community. Driven …

S2E11: Gen Z Girls: Power Creativity and Mental Health with Madison, Ava, and Elle MacGregor

March 4th, 2021


Meet Madison, Ava, and Elle MacGregor - writers, actors, and mental health advocates! Tune in as they each share their journey as artists, creatives and as supporters of mental health with us. You will also uncover the …

S2E10: Black Men: Mental Health, Marketing, and Media with Dr. Jeff Rocker

February 25th, 2021


Dr. Jeff Rocker is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in individuals, couples, families, and teens. He is the founder of How We See It, a non-profit organization committed to dispelling myths about …

S2E9: Dr. Charles Corprew My Mental Health Revolution: A Brother's Vision for Black Men

February 18th, 2021


Dr. Charles Corprew’s personal revolution began just three years ago - since then, he has been on a path of vulnerability and honesty, and has not …

S2E8: Ryan Peete Free to Be Me: Adulting and Mental Health with Black Gen Z

February 11th, 2021


Tune in to this special episode as singer-songwriter and author of the NAACP award-winning book ‘My Brother Charlie’ Ryan Peete talks about her personal struggles with mental health. Learn about her journey towards …

S2E7: Shira Lazar Authentic White Allyship and BIPOC Mental Health

February 4th, 2021


We are excited and honored to have bright light Shira Lazar on this episode of Couched in Color! From creating the digital platform What’s Trending?, …

S2E6: Technology, Mental Health and Supporting BIPOC Youth

January 28th, 2021


On this episode, behavioral health technology guru Solome Tibebu opens up about her struggles with Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder …

S2E5: Diversity, Developmental Disorders, and White Allies With Dr. Deborah Budding

January 21st, 2021



We are thrilled to have special guest, Dr. Deborah Budding, with us today! Join in on the conversation as Dr. Alfiee and Dr. Budding share their passions and commitment for equity among the many diverse …

S2E4: Love and Teach the Babies: Black LGBTQ Mental Health

January 14th, 2021


Mr. David Johns of the National Black Justice Coalition is an educator, an unapologetic advocate for youths who far too often find themselves …

S2E3: Black Influencers and Mental Health, A Guys Perspective With Landon Moss

January 7th, 2021


Landon Moss is an influencer, filmmaker, director, screenwriter, and so much more! In this special episode, Landon joins us to talk about his journey behind wearing these many different hats. After letting go of his …

S2E2: The Black Kids Have Mental Illness Too With Christina Hammonds Reed

January 7th, 2021


In this episode, we invite special guest and author of The Black Kids, Christina Hammonds Reed, to talk about her book, her experience growing up as a privileged black kid, and finding her place in her community as a …

S2E1: You Can't Just Pray It Away, You Actually Have To Act on It: Mental Illness In Black Teens With The "Not Ok" App

January 7th, 2021


Welcome to Season 2 of the Couched in Color Podcast! In our first ever episode, we meet the creators and innovators behind the notOK App, Charlie and …

S1 BONUS EPISODE: You Are Elegant. A Special CIC Episode w/Super Producer Mark "King" Batson

January 2nd, 2021


This is a time of unprecedented stress regarding racial justice, police brutality, the election of 2020 and of course the Coronavirus. With all that …

S1E20 (Part 2): As For Me, I Have to Stick with the Sistahs: Black Women Creatives and Mental Health with Nikki Webber Allen

January 2nd, 2021


(Part 2 of my conversation with the shining light Nikki Webber Allen)

This final episode of the season, part 2 of 2 parts, is particularly powerful …

S1E19 (Part 1): As For Me, I Have to Stick with the Sistahs: Black Women Creatives and Mental Health with Nikki Webber Allen

January 2nd, 2021


Earlier this week, I took a moment to reflect on Black women, our mental health, trauma, grief and recovery. I thought about Megan Thee Stallion and …

S1E18: Helping Black and Diverse Men to Heal - A conversation with James Harris

January 2nd, 2021


Given recent news about Kanye West, his very public concerns related to his bipolar disorder and his family's public battle to support him, this …

S1E17: Grief Across Cultures, Asian Mental Health and 13 Reasons Why - A Conversation with Dr. Helen Hsu

January 2nd, 2021


Dr. Helen Hsu, a Stanford clinical psychologist, grief expert and expert consultant on the popular Nextflix show "13 Reasons Why" sat down with me …

S1E16: Dr. Bowen Chung on PoC, Big Data and the Mental Health Safety Net

January 2nd, 2021


This week, I sat down with Dr. Bowen Chung, a psychiatrist at UCLA Harborview Medical Center to discuss psychiatric science, health disparities research, socioeconomic status and their intersections with mental health …

S1E15: Sam Bissonnette & Andy Riemer - We Must Be Honest: Decolonizing Mental Illness Together

January 2nd, 2021


This week, we had a really timely discussion about what it means to be both in the fight for social justice and an ally. Our guests, Sam Bissonnette and Andy Riemer are 2 creatives and trailblazers using media, early …

S1E14: Vanessa Adebayo on Making a Difference Worldwide in Black Communities

January 2nd, 2021


This week, we focus on global mental health in the African Diaspora. Our guest, Vanessa Adebayo, imagined and created a nonprofit focused on the health (including mental health) of our brothers and sisters in Africa. …

S1E12: AfroLatinx and Black: Elevating the Mental Health Conversation for Men and Boys

January 2nd, 2021


In 2016, thirty-nine unarmed Black people were murdered at the hands of the police - 34% of them were Black men. Our founder, Jason Rosario - a …

S1E11: Angel White, Striving While Black and Femme: Black Girls, High Expectations and Mental Health

January 2nd, 2021


Angel White, Community Manager at Industrious, tells Dr. Alfiee about the additional pressures and expectations as a Black woman forging a business career.

S1E10: Charlamagne Tha God on Mental Health

January 2nd, 2021


The "Breakfast Club" host opens up to Dr. Alfiee about his battle with anxiety, and how he's learned to take care of his mental, as well as physical, health. They also discuss the growing anti-racism movement, and the …

S1E9: Caring for Your American Soul with Tony Cornelius

January 2nd, 2021


This week, Dr. Alfiee meets TV Producer and mental health advocate Tony Cornelius, creator of the hit BET show “American Soul", which like our …

S1E8: Men, Boys and Mental Health: Let Them Live (and Be Quiet)

January 2nd, 2021


Dr. Erlanger ‘Earl’ Turner, Ph.D. is an author, licensed psychologist, and a leading authority on parenting, mental health, multicultural …

S1E7: Being UnNormal's Kimberly Berry on Advocacy, Parenting and 'Quantity Time' with your Teen

January 2nd, 2021


Kimberly Berry - host of the "Being UnNormal" podcast, tells Doctor Alfiee about the struggle parents face in raising a child with emotional special needs, and the frustration in finding and receiving the right kind of …

S1E6: Jessica Orenstein on grit, and the pressure to succeed as a woman of color

January 2nd, 2021


After working in Higher Education, Jessica Orenstein joined the Jed Foundation, which empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to …

S1E5: Communication, Affirmators and Trolls Too: Celebrity Parenting in Color

January 2nd, 2021


Dr. Alfiee chats with comedian, actor, writer and podcaster Ron Funches about his life: from growing up in an abusive household, to single-parenting …

S1E4: Social Media and Content Creation in Living Color

January 2nd, 2021


Doctor Alfiee talks with Dr. Jacqueline Douge, MD, MPH, FAAP - Medical Director of the Bureau of Health Services in Howard County, MD. Jackie also hosts a weekly podcast, "What is Black", focusing on issues important …

S1E3: Autism Speaks in Color Too

January 2nd, 2021


This week, Dr. Alfiee chats with Dr. Cindy T. Graham, PhD, Founder of the Brighter Hope Wellness Center, who demystifies Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the stigma which accompanies it for millions on the "spectrum". She …

S1E2: Listening To Our Teens

January 2nd, 2021


Couched in Color, hosted by Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, examines mental health issues in racially diverse populations, and centers on the needs of …

S1E1: "Love, And Why Young Men Don't Cry"

January 2nd, 2021


Couched in Color, hosted by Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, examines mental health issues in racially diverse populations, and centers on the needs of …

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