Do you have a therapist? Many of us do! Someone to trust with our inner most thoughts and feelings. Someone to talk things through with… If you don’t, what you do have is options and my guest this week is one of the best in the mental health business. In our interview, she drives home the point that Therapists are people too! She’s Clinical Director of the National Pike Health Center in Maryland, the one and only, Icia Ragsdale. She’s also co-host of On The Couch Radio, a mental health radio show broadcasting on WOLB 1010AM in Baltimore and author of bestselling book, Letters for you. She shared intimate details and exhibited clear vulnerability in our interview. From addressing the stigma placed on mental health to how she worked through a number of her own life altering tragedies.

In addition, we all want you to know Mental Illness is not a menace to society. Each of you must do your part, conduct research, work to understand what mental illnesses are and how you can show compassion and respect. Not command and control. Remember, no one wants to be fixed, we want all to be heard. A must see! Watch now!  

Host: Anita Washington, That Anita Live
Topic: How to Work Through Your Emotional Baggage
Guest: Icia Ragsdale

Guest’s Website: http://facebook.com/onthecouch

Icia and I would love to hear from you. Are you looking for a good therapist? How do you work through your baggage? Leave us your thought and comments below. 


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Anita Washington

CEO & Founder at That Anita Live
Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at ThatAnitaLive.com, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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