Dr. Ronjonette O'Bannon, affectionately called Dr. O, earned a Ph.D. at the prestigious school for social work at Smith College and an MSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. O imparts over sixteen years of clinical social work practice experience with her clients and students.
Trauma is pervasive, and while many individuals recover without adverse effects, for some, even if experienced for just a short time, emotional injury can have long-lasting effects on mental, physical, and emotional health. For this reason, it is essential to address trauma and provide support for black women who have experienced traumatic events.
Ensuring that trauma-informed care is gender-responsive is important, because women and men typically experience different types of trauma, and react to trauma in different ways. For example, women are more likely to experience trauma at the hands of an intimate partner, while the risk of trauma for men is more often from a stranger. Naturally, the effects of these types of trauma often differ, as do the processes to recover from them.
Common Mental Health Concerns: Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Related Issues
Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence: Physical, Emotional, Financial, Sexual Abuse/Assault, Sex Trafficking History
Transitioning after Divorce
Women's Reproductive Issues including Postpartum, Abortion , Miscarriage, and other Health Issues
Institutional Betrayal: Work Place or School Trauma - Sexism, Racism, Discrimination, and Other Forms of Oppression
Therapy for Women and Couples