Embodiment for the Rest of Us – Season 1, Episode 4: Alishia McCullough

Thursday, October 14,  2021

 

It’s the first interview! Woohoo! Chavonne (she/her) and Jenn (she/her) interviewed Alishia McCullough (she/her) about her embodiment journey. To learn more about her work, feel free to connect with her on social media under the handle @blackandembodied.

Alishia McCullough is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist currently residing in the DMV. She is also an independently published author of the book Blossoming. Alishia is passionate about racial healing, and anti-colonialism within eating disorders. She is motivated to increase access and create spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of the Global Majority to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and liberation focused healing. Outside of her clinical work, she is a Co-Founder of the AmplifyMelanatedVoices Movement  and the Founder of The Holistic Black Healing Collective. Her work has been featured by Target, Bustle, Popsugar, LA Times, and Forbes.

 

Content Warning: discussion of privilege, mention of ableism

 

Trigger Warnings:

53:20: Jenn discusses the history of slavery on Turtle Island

53:54: Jenn discusses mass graves in North American residential schools

1:24:26: Alishia discusses experimentation on and exploitation of Black people

 

A few highlights:

4:22: Alishia shares her understanding of embodiment and her own embodiment journey

11:08: Alishia discusses how her IG presence came to be

13:31: Alishia discusses starting the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices Movement with Jessica Wilson

21:07: Alishia discusses her understanding of “the rest of us” and how she is a part of that, as well as her privileges

38:52: Alishia discusses how unchecked privilege from providers can cause harm

45:20: Alishia discusses how using BI&POC rather than BIPOC has changed her work

56:21: Correction: The activist discussed is Gloria Richardson and not Akeelah Richardson.

57:50: Alishia shares wise words to young people on how to support their embodied practices

1:06:47: Alishia discusses embodiment and religion

1:18:23: Alishia discusses how helping professionals can center the people they serve when working with them

1:24:51: Correction: The woman discussed is Sarah Baartman and not Sarah Barton.

1:28:31: Alishia shares how listeners can make a difference based on this conversation

 

Links from this episode:

#AmplifyMelanatedVoices

Alishia McCullough

Alishia McCullough’s Patreon

Amplify Melanated Voices Movement

BI&POC vs BIPOC

Black and Embodied

Credentialism (“letters”)

Enslavement on Turtle Island

Fatness Spectrum

“Food Is Not The Enemy” Article

Gloria Richardson

Imposter Syndrome

Jessica Wilson

Mass Graves of North American Indigenous Residential Schools

Medical-Industrial Complex

Quote about Identity from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”

Religious Trauma, White Supremacy, & Eating Disorders Online Panel

Rosie Mensah

Sage and Spoon

Sarah Baartman

 

Music: “Wheel of Karma” by Jason Shaw

 

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