By Kaysha Thomas
Alishia McCullough (she, her) is a millennial Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and National Certified Counselor currently residing in North Carolina. She is also an independently published author of the book Blossoming. Alishia is passionate about anti-racism, racial healing, and decolonization within eating disorders. She is motivated to increase access and create spaces for black, indigenous, queer, people of colour to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and culturally inclusive informed 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, and Forbes. To learn more about her work, feel free to connect with her on Instagram at blackandembodied or on her website blackandembodied.com.
In this interview we spoke about our experiences in supporting the black community with eating disorder recovery, how the current framework for eating disorder recovery doesn’t address the intersectionality of racial trauma, oppression and social injustices that black people face and the origins of fatphobia.
We also spoke about the importance of rest whilst doing social justice work and Alishia shared some of her favourite books, resources and tips.
It was a really heartwarming conversation and I came away with lots of deep thoughts, research ideas and motivation for the important work that we do.
Hope you enjoy it.