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The Health & Wellness Source, LLC

Sharon G. Richardson, LCSW-C

14450 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772





                                                                               Sharon G. Richardson, MSW, LCSW-C

Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.

 As a holitstic health provider, our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Please E-MAIL me at [email protected] to schedule an individual, couples or family therapy session today.

Achieving Emotional * Balance * Health * Wellness

Emotional wellness means you feel good about yourself, your relationships and your purpose in life.

It does not mean that you will never feel

sad, angry, or confused.

Everyone will experience these feelings

…from time to time.

However, if you are emotionally well,

you will have fewer lows;

and bounce back from sad times faster.

Emotional wellness also helps you to be

HAPPIER during the good times.

*An important part of emotional wellness is to

VALUE who you are and what you do.*

Women often have many roles and responsibilities in their lives--

They can be a mother, a daughter, a friend, a leader, a co-worker, a

wife, a partner, a volunteer, a bill payer, a homemaker, so on-ALL at the same time.

These many roles and tasks can make women feel overwhelmed.

That is why it is especially important for women to

take time to value themselves and all the things they do.

Taking a little bit of time every day to do that can

help you to do a better job at all of your tasks.


It also makes you feel good about yourself ;-)


  • Taking time to explore your beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life.
  • Taking time to think about how you want to guide your life by the principles that are important to you.
  • hinking good thoughts about yourself and others

Set your own goals and self-expectations:


  • Many women allow others tell them what they should be doing and how.
  • To be emotionally well, you need to judge yourself by your OWN standards ALONE




Remember how you add value to the world.

These tips may help you set your own expectations:

Define beauty for yourself:

  • Images of thin, glamorous women are everywhere. However, most women do not look that way. True beauty comes from inside and shines outward.
  • Focus on the things about yourself that you think are beautiful.

Define your own values:

  • Many women believe they need to live up to the expectations of our culture.
  • However, the only values you need to live up to are your own. Take a look at your own beliefs and values.

Focus on your strengths:

We all have strengths and weaknesses, but many of us focus more on our weaknesses.

Try this trick to change your way of thinking:

Each time you think about one of your weaknesses,

Follow and COMBAT that with a thought about one of your STRENGTHS

If you exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep, it will help your physical health. It will help your emotional health as well. You can improve your mood with physical activity, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep. Enough sleep will also improve your memory and help keep you healthy. Most women need about 8 hours of sleep a night

ealthy eating habits:

  1. Decide on just one thing you would like to do to eat healthier.
  2. Keep doing it until it becomes a habit.
  3. Then try to form another good eating habit.
  4. If you are not sure what healthy eating means, here is one definition:

Healthy eating means consuming a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within and among the basic food groups, while choosing foods that limit your intake of

saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, salt, and alcohol.


Develop good sleep habits:

  • Write down your sleep habits for a week and look for ways to improve them.
  • Set an earlier bedtime: Make your bedtime 10 minutes earlier. Keep doing it until you have reached your goal.
  • Once you have found the right bedtime, try to retire at about the same time every night.
  • Try not to eat to eat, drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages right before bedtime.

Physical activity:

  • Add a few minutes of walking or some other form of exercise to your day.
  • Keep doing it until you have reached your goal.

(One goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of walking or other moderate physical activity

at least 3 days a week.)


***An important part of Emotional Wellness is

Training Yourself to be More Positive or Optimistic.***



  1. Developing a personal mission statement
  2. Setting goals
  3. Adapting to adversity and change
  4. Learning skills that help you deal positively with stress
  5. Increasing your confidence
  6. Nurturing your spirit

While this may not be easy,

Positive Thinking during tough times will help you stay hopeful.

It can improve your chances of moving past your problems.

It also has been linked to better health. Some people are more optimistic than others, But…everyone can learn how to be more positive…

One way to improve your overall wellness is to

get involved in activities you enjoy and that mean a lot to you.

You can get happiness from simple pleasures

***Every woman has her own coping style.***


Coping is the way we handle difficult situations, people, and problems.

…It is how we survive stress or conflict.

In general, there are 3 main ways that people tend to cope with stress:

Task-oriented coping:

  • In this coping style, people will take a close look at the situation and take action

to deal directly with the issues.

Once you understand which of these styles you tend to use, you can coping styles that may help you handle difficult situations…

Emotion-oriented coping:

  • In this style, people feel emotions, express feelings, and tend to ask for help.


Distraction-oriented coping:

  • Here people keep themselves busy – distract themselves – in order to take their minds off their problems.



 Patience is accepting the things you cannot change.

It means being peaceful, content, satisfied, and willing to enjoy the moment.

When you are patient, you can wait without feeling anxious or frustrated.

You will be more caring, understanding, and accepting of others.

Patience is an important part of healthy relationships.

Patience does take practice, especially in a fast-paced world…

Nurturing your SPIRIT:

 It is easy to know when we feel physically tired, but it takes time to know when we feel emotionally tired.

 Caring for your spirit is taking a conscious break to renew the soul.

It means taking time to tune out the world and to reconnect with yourself.

 Women who take time to nurture their spirits…tend to be more emotionally healthy.

Here are some ideas on how to slow down, turn your focus inward, and recharge:


  1. Sip a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate, or drink a glass of cold lemonade.
  2. Take a long  warm shower or hot bath. ***Pamper yourself.***
  3. Write down your thoughts in a journal, or express yourself through art or music--or whatever feels right to you.
  4. Meditate or pray.
  5. Make yourself an appointment for a              …..MASSAGE….
  6. Sit quietly in a space away from everyone. THWS-massage therapy room2.png
  7. Take a break to read a book or magazine.
  8. Take a walk and look at nature. Focus on enjoying the simple beauty of the world around you. Think about what it means to achieve personal peace.
  9. Use a calendar to organize your time, and write in some time for yourself-even if just 10 minutes at beginning of the day.

Don’t forget to BREATHE!!!!

Remember, it will take time and work to improve your emotional wellness—

 just like any other goal.

You will have both triumphs and setbacks along the way.

However, if you are patient with yourself and keep working at it,

you will see improvements over time…

**Peace & Blessings**


FOR colleges students:




Date: 3/14/2015      12:00noon-2:00pm        Event: Social Work Month Panel/Forum
Program Description:
This social work month event is an interactive discussion.  This Discussion is intended to impart new information about social workers, what social workers do, and how the profession has evolved.  Topics such as myths about social workers, emerging issues and community resources will discussed.  The purpose of this event is to highlight and celebrate the profession of social work.  All of the community members from social workers to those receiving social work services are invited to attend.  A documentary is being produced to be presented during the event.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Women's Health Fair


This event is intended to physically, mentally, and financially empower women of all diverse backgrounds.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with several representatives from community and national organizations to gain a wealth of information related to women’s health issues.  Attendees may also engage in a dynamic dialogue on self-care, confidence, and financial wellness.  Join us for this focused panel discussion as we discuss the importance of balancing physical, mental, and financial health.  Light refreshments will be served.

Alternative Therapies Forum:  One Size Does Not Always Fit All





Time: 3PM to 5PM


Location: The Health and Wellness Source, LLC


4230 Forbes Blvd. Suite C

Lanham, MD 20706

Description:  Humanity is a diverse race, regardless of if we share the same culture or socioeconomic status, there is still something distinctly unique about each individual.  Society has come to recognize that difference in the way we learn by identifying our personal “learning styles.”  So if we are allowed to learn differently, why can’t we receive therapy differently?  Talk therapy has its various forms, however talking can be lackluster no matter which theorist you follow.  Alternative therapies/counseling can be a refreshing change to talk therapy.  An alternative approach to mental health care is one that emphasizes the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit. Although some alternative approaches have a long history, many remain controversial.

Therapies Covered:

·         Diet and Nutrition

·         Pastoral Counseling

·         Animal Assisted Therapies

·         Art Therapy

·         Dance/Movement Therapy

·         Music/Sound Therapy

·         Folk/ Culturally Based Healing Arts

·         Acupuncture

·         Ayurveda

·         Yoga/meditation

·         Massage therapy

·         Telephone counseling



 Date: 4/11/2015
Event: Mental Health Awareness Panel
Program Description:
The Mental Health Awareness forum is an interactive panel discussion. This panel discussion is intended to impart new information to the audience, in the form of new ideas, different perspective on ideas, or how different groups come together to improve ideas. Topics such as myths about mental health, emerging issues, community resources, etc. will be discussed. The purpose of this forum is to highlight mental health and combat the stigma associated.  The target audience is male and female adults within the community along with professionals and students studying helping professions.
Date: 6/13/2015
Event: Child Welfare and Foster Care Fair
The purpose of this event is to provide information on child welfare and foster care services within the Prince George’s County community. Attendees will learn about resources and have an opportunity to explore interests in becoming a foster parent.






February 28, 2015

10am – 2pm

Program Description:

The purpose of this event is to challenge and empower attendees to make healthy lifestyle changes that will persist and have a positive impact over time, versus employing fad diets and New Year resolutions that fade within 30 days or less.  Participants will engage in a focused dialogue on detox, nutrition, and components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  A Zumba fitness class will be offered for a minimal fee of $5.  Light refreshments will be served.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE FOLLOWING: Sharon Richardson ([email protected]), Donielle Marshall ([email protected]), LaShonda Godwin ([email protected]), Marie Barrie ([email protected])


The Health and Wellness Source presents:



From stigma to Acceptance the changing role of mental health professionals in the African American community.



 When: February 28th 2015
Time: 3-5pm

Where: the health and Wellness Source, LLC 4230 Forbes Blvd, Suite C Lanham, MD 20706

The progression, awareness, and acceptance of Mental Health issues in the African American Community:  this is an informational panel designed to highlight the positive shift being made with African Americans acknowledging the impact mental illness has had on this population and how mental health providers have seen an increase in the number of individuals who have become willing to participate in the process of self-discovery with the help of a mental health professional.  

 Talking points:

The history of mental illness services in the African American community: Moving from stigmas to acceptance.

 What has caused a shift from stigma to the acceptance of help from mental health professionals? Dealing with mental illness in the African American communities how different is it now than in the past?

 How have community leaders and others increased the knowledge of African Americans, which has empowered individuals? How has this led them to the acceptance of help from mental health organizations?


Saturday, December 13, 2014


HIV/AIDS Awareness Health Fair

  Talk WITH the Experts!! FREE ON-SITE TESTING!!
Admission is FREE !!






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