In today’s episode, our host, Celia Faye Meisel, is joined by a very special guest, Dr. Adia Gooden. Dr. Adia is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author who is passionate about promoting BIPOC women’s mental health and cultivating unconditional self-worth. With a TEDx talk that has over 1,000,000 views and her own podcast called “Unconditionally Worthy,” Dr. Adia is on a mission to empower high-achieving professional women to embrace their worth. In this timely and important conversation, they dive into Dr. Adia’s personal journey and the realization that external achievements do not determine our worthiness. They discuss the concept of conditional self-worth and the societal pressures that lead many women to place conditions on their own worthiness. Dr. Adia shares her belief in finding worthiness within oneself and reconnecting with the innate value we all possess. This episode is filled with powerful insights and strategies to help listeners break free from societal expectations and embrace their unconditional self-worth.

Key Moments:

[00:01:41] Quest for worthiness through external achievements.

[00:07:03] “Labeling spirituality, the worthiness of unconditional love.”

[00:09:57] Continuous pursuit of external achievements, burning out.

[00:12:38] Chasing achievements can limit your potential.

[00:17:29] Framework for finding unconditional self worth: freeing, loving, being ourselves.

[00:22:22] Former coaching client transformed her life, career.

[00:24:58] Book promoting Black Women’s Mental Health available

About Dr. Adia Gooden:

Adia Gooden, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist; she received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Adia served as a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator for Multicultural Outreach and Support for the Student Counseling Service at The University of Chicago and the Director of the Clinic and Community Programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern before starting her own business. Dr. Adia is a sought-after, dynamic speaker who gives talks and workshops on unconditional self-worth, imposter syndrome, and Black women’s mental health. Dr. Adia co-authored the book Promoting Black Women’s Mental Health, published by Cambridge University Press.

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