LaToya Smith Podcast Takeover “Reclaiming Healing Space” Shawna Murray Browne | PoP 515

Are you seeking to deepen your understanding and connection with true anti-racism work in your practice? Is there a non-judgmental space where you can go to learn and do anti-racism work within yourself? Is there training out there with accountability tied in to encourage you to really do the deeper work?

In this therapist podcast episode takeover, LaToya Smith speaks with Shawna Murray Browne about reclaiming healing space.

Meet Shawna Murray Browne

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Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is an award-winning community healer, national speaker, and Liberation-Focused, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Kindred Community Healing and the Principal Consultant at Kindred Wellness LLC. Trained as an integrative psychotherapist, Shawna has created life-changing, community-based sacred spaces, honoring culture, to equip Black women, youth, and change-makers with the tools to heal themselves.

A fierce advocate for racial equity in mental health care, Shawna guides professionals and organizations in nourishing a culture of mindfulness, anti-racism, and impact. Intuitive, authentic, and high energy, she is committed to helping the community reclaim collective wisdom to triumph the effects of historic and present-day trauma. Shawna was named by The Huffington Post as one of the “Ten Black Female Therapists You Should Know,” featured on a segment of Good Morning Washington, and was a two-time guest on the popular, Therapy for Black Girls podcast.

Shawna is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she earned her Masters in Social Work. She gained her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dedicated to continued growth, her practice in QiGong, African spiritual traditions, and sitting at the feet of elders maintain.

She lives in Baltimore with her husband and her three-year-old daughter.

Visit her website, connect on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Healasista on Instagram.

In This Podcast


  • Remembering to reclaim
  • Decolonizing therapy

Remembering to reclaim

Generational trauma comes in waves with each new family member born, and in order to heal and repair the trauma, one needs to go back to where it came from. Through tracing lineage, both culturally and historically, you are able to remember those who survived before you and the ways that they survived, and so reclaim the healing where needed.

I know we had healer ways because there is no way we could have gotten through all of the hardship. So for me, it’s been sort of reilluminating that, studying that, contending with that, identifying who are the folks who have been able to preserve that in their lineage. So, when I’m talking about remembering, I’m talking about however far we need to go to specifically on this land, how can we reclaim those healing ways. (Shawna Murray Browne)

This can be embracing cultures, foods, gatherings: these are things you can “remember” to reclaim to encourage a healing space where you can connect with the survivors before you.

Decolonizing therapy

This is the center of the merging of multidimensional healing; merging traditional healing systems, evaluating and utilizing the scholarship of black mental health supervisors, and understanding the historical nature of healing systems.

Through her webinar and teaching, Shawna offers information for therapists and practitioners on how to learn how to assist black people effectively and genuinely in dealing with race-based trauma.

You’re looking at yourself right and you’re applying these concepts to yourself and your practice, your life, your frameworks, your worldview and you’re getting coached, not by me, but by two other folks that are well-versed in what it means to sort of unhook from the system so that you can drop down into your own healing. (Shawna Murray Browne)

Click here to access How to Heal in the Midst of Chaos {Replay}

Click here to access 6 Crucial Steps to Decolonize Your Therapy Practice {Replay}

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Meet LaToya Smith

LaToya Smith

LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcome.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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