Dr. Ngonzi Truth Crushshon is a licensed-eligible psychologist with 15+ years experience in the mental health field, specializing in healing for psychological trauma. She utilizes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and storytelling to help individuals “work through” or process their trauma stories. Dr. Truth’s purpose and mission is to BREAK GENERATIONAL CURSES that state if you were born with certain risk factors you must live a certain lifestyle. Dr. Truth seeks to utilize empowerment to assist individuals, families and communities in reclaiming their power and purpose in life.
Dr. Truth provides therapy and psychological services within a private practice setting. Dr. Truth and Associates, LLC located in Decatur, Georgia (within the metro Atlanta area).
Dr. Truth’s doctorate is in Clinical Psychology indicating that she has interfaced and assisted clients/patients with tackling some of the most severe mental health concerns and life challenges. She has cared for persons within fostercare/youth in care facilities, juvenile detention centers, jails, mental health courts, residential group homes, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, and those with dual diagnoses: mental health & substance abuse as well as mental health & medical concerns within psychiatric emergency rooms, private practices, community mental health clinics, headstart programs and alternative schools.
Dr. Truth provides outpatient treatment for individuals, couples and families. She addresses primary concerns of Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD (physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, multiple traumas), ADHD, Autism/Developmental Delay/Intellectual Disability, Grief/Loss, Relationship Conflict, Career/Life Transitions and other mental health concerns.
Currently, Dr. Truth conducts mental health assessments and writes comprehensive behavioral health/biopsychosocial reports for Family Ties, Inc., an Atlanta-based mental health agency contracted with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
From 2006-2019, Dr. Truth provided on-call crisis assessments in person (S.A.S.S./Psychiatric Emergency Rooms) and via phone (the Suicide Hotline) for patients/clients with suicidal and homicidal ideations and behaviors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ada S. McKinley Behavioral Health Services. In 2019, Dr. Truth resumed crisis work for a 24/7 suicide prevention call center in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2017, Dr. Truth provided mental health therapy, play therapy and psychological assessment services as a member of the private practice team at HOPE HAVEN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCE in Indianapolis, Indiana.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & MASTERMIND GROUP
Entrepreneurs Circle visualizing business success
In 2015, Entrepreneurs Circle Chicago was formed, a mastermind group and supportive community for entrepreneurs and business owners with monthly meetups and conference calls.
Since 2011, Dr. Truth has faciliated workshops and trainings through the Chicago Urban Love Series which highlights healthy love, conflict resolution and intimate love relationships.
In 2006, the FAITH Empowerment Institute was created to provide empowerment workshops and linkage to community resources such as college scholarships, housing, criminal record expungement, and youth programming for Chicagoland residents. chicagolandcommunityresources
Generation HOPE Youth program has organized several signature events since 2006 to expose urban youth to mentors, resources and positive influences for goal setting including, but not limited to, the Annual Back To School Bash, HBCU College Football Game at Soldier Field, and creative arts experiences such as Alvin Ailey dance troupe.
Dr. Truth is a best-selling author of SHIFT an anthology written with 20 authors including Nikki Woods the former Senior Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the #1 urban syndicated radio show in the United States.
Dr. Truth is an author of GRACE: 35 women share letters of reflection to the little girl or young woman they once were. Grace is a cross-generational book that shares stories of strength, wisdom and truth from women ages 29-95. This compilation of letters is presented by Tiffany M. Fincher .
Photo Credit: Jaren Greene-Adore Productions. Black Girls Cry booksigning
Dr. Truth’s 1st solo book, Black Girls Cry:10 Active and Passive Strategies for Healing from the Death of A Loved One was self-published and is distributed worldwide on Amazon. In this book, the reader will learn how to recognize grief vs. depression, learn/practice more effective ways to cope with grief, identify their current stage of grief and are provided national grief resources for followup (online apps, grief support groups, grief camps, grief counselors and emergency / crisis hotline).
NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE EDITOR Dr. Truth is a contributing writer for Urban Matrix Magazine and has been published in Huffington Post and True Star Magazine
“How To Find 5 Quiet Moments In your Hectic Day” Huffington Post Sept 6, 2016
“Tips On How to Fix Your Flaws” True Star Magazine Feb 16, 2017
“Why You Should Care About Self-Care” Urban Matrix Magazine Aug 5, 2018 …..
Dr. Truth’s Blog and Dr. Truth Speaks*
Suffering In Silence: 5 Ways to Discuss Suicide, Recognize the Signs of Suicide & Cope with the Loss of Someone to Suicide-June 2018
Make Time for Your Dreams: 2 Mindful Ways to Make Time for your Dreams-July 2018
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CONSULTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
Dr. Truth has presented workshops: Race Based Traumatic Stress & Racial Discrimination Mental Health & Spirituality
Dr. Truth featured presenter at mental health retreat in Michigan
Dr. Truth has been featured in a documentary entitled: Women of Color and Their Road to Success by Alisha Roberts-Novak
Dr. Truth worked as an Adjunct Professor of Neuropsychology as well as Counseling Children and Adolescents in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Truth has a long history as an educator. She began as a peer tutor, became a Chicago Public School substitute teacher and later supervised tutors/tutored students in Calculus, Algebra and Spanish. Dr. Truth was homeschooled most of her life, is a lifelong learner and believes that an excellent education should be attainable for all children.
Marian Wright Edelman Founder&President Emerita of The Children’s Defense Fund
Dr. Truth has studied and traveled abroad in Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; (West Africa) and Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Truth is a proud Chicago (South Side) native but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, she called these places home: Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN and Washington, DC where she worked for the Civil Rights Leader Marian Wright Edelman at the Children’s Defense Fund within the Policy Department advocating for underserved children in America.
In October 2019, Dr. Truth was accepted by the National Urban League’s Washington Bureau (NULWB) to earn a Certificate in Advocacy. Dr. Truth will engage in congressional advocacy and grassroots mobilization and plans to present mental health concerns to members of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., ultimately, influencing mental health policies and laws nationally.
To connect with Dr. Truth call 501.500.HOPE (4673) or visit www.drtruthandassociates.com
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