In today’s episode, Dr. Armstrong discusses the role of the psyche in our lives, Microaggressions & Strong Black Woman Syndrome.


Dr. Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S., a native of Durham, North Carolina. She a licensed psychologist and the founder and CEO of The Armstrong Center for Hope (, a private group practice of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals cultivating psychological and spiritual wellness for all ages at their Durham and Raleigh locations. Dr. Armstrong first established her business in 2002 as a licensed psychologist in solo practice and expanded to become a group practice in 2010. There, she and her staff focus on psychological assessment, individual, couple, and family therapy, consultation, and continuing education. Since 2000, she has served as the Minister of Congregational Care and Counseling at Union Baptist Church ( in Durham.


Dr. Armstrong discusses the role of the psyche in helping us to making positive transformations in our lives, and the role of the spirit in sustaining this transformative work. As well we talk about why it is difficult for African Americans to seek mental health care and where the #strongblackwoman archetype comes from.


“I think a lot Lot of times we experience micro aggressions. And we can sort of deal with one or two, but when they begin to accumulate, it’s no longer micro becomes a macro aggression. It can really have an impact on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and it can really lead to premature termination for all the right reasons”.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode:


  • Fear of addressing mental health issues in the black community
  • What Microaggression is and how it can deeply affect someone mentally and emotionally
  • Strong Black Woman Syndrome and where it comes from

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