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Episode 267: James Hawkins Discusses Mental Health and the Importance of Seeking Support

About the Show:

There’s a lot of culture here in Northwest Arkansas even then. So what I ran into in my job at that time, I worked with a lot of business leaders, the church community, but also I worked with what they identified themselves as the hillbilly community.”

  • James Hawkins

About the Guest:

James Hawkins is a seasoned therapist and the clinical coordinator for the Joshua Center. With a depth of experience in psychology and counseling, James holds a Master’s Degree and a PhD in his field. He is a former Air Force member who has served the country with honor and has continued to serve the community through his dedication to mental health and relational work. James is also known for his podcast, “The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy,” where he shares his expertise with other clinicians.

Episode Summary:

In this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast, host Randy Wilburn engages in a rich conversation with guest James Hawkins. The episode peels back layers surrounding the intersectionality of business, culture, entrepreneurship, and life in the Ozarks. It is a narrative journey through James’s transition into the community as a transplant and how he found a home in Northwest Arkansas, despite its striking contrasts to his previous experiences living in the South and New Orleans.

James and Randy discuss the nuances of community and identity, especially for African American individuals like themselves, in a majority space. They delve into the subject of mental health and the importance of seeking help through channels like face-to-face therapy rather than solely through emerging platforms like online counseling. James conveys strong arguments for why therapeutic relationships are most effective in person, drawing from his extensive experience in the field.

Key Takeaways:

  • Northwest Arkansas’s welcoming community and entrepreneurial spirit make it a home for many, including transplants.
  • Mental health conversation is essential, and the stigma around seeking therapy needs to be diminished, especially in the African American community.
  • Maintaining mental health is crucial, much like servicing a vehicle; one must not delay addressing their emotional and psychological needs.
  • The growth and diversity of Northwest Arkansas benefit the community, enriching it with new flavors and ideas.
  • The importance of building a responsible, regional transit system and affordable living spaces to align with Northwest Arkansas’s growth trajectory.

All this and more on this episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast.

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This episode is sponsored by:

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!” HyperLocal Jobs in NWA

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