Dr. Adia Gooden

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Adia Gooden, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist; she received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Adia is a sought-after, dynamic speaker who gives talks on unconditional self-worth, imposter syndrome, and Black women and mental health. Dr. Adia gave a TEDx talk on “Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth” which has over 950k views. Dr. Adia has a podcast and online courses and programs designed to help people to build healthy relationships with themselves and embrace their unconditional self-worth.

Adia Gooden, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist; she received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University. Dr. Adia served as a Staff Psychologist and the Coordinator for Multicultural Outreach and Support for the Student Counseling Service at The University of Chicago and the Director of the Clinic and Community Programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern before starting her own business. Dr. Adia specializes in providing therapy to people of color. Dr. Adia is a sought-after, dynamic speaker who gives talks on unconditional self-worth, imposter syndrome, and Black women and mental health. Dr. Adia gave a TEDx talk on “Cultivating Unconditional Self-Worth” which has over 900k views. Dr. Adia has a podcast and online courses and programs designed to help people to build healthy relationships with themselves and embrace their unconditional self-worth.

  • Self-Worth for Professional Success

    Owning our worth involves being grounded in the fact that we are unconditionally worthy. When we embrace our unconditional self-worth, we are no longer caught in the struggle to try to prove our worth. Owning our worth enables us to show up and share our gifts and talents at work without burnout. In this session Dr. Adia will share how conditional self-worth shows up at work, how unconditional self-worth provides a foundation for thriving at work, and powerful strategies to help attendees own their worth and thrive at work.
  • How Low Self-Worth Leads to Imposter Syndrome and Powerful Strategies to Overcome Both

    Imposter syndrome is something that many high achieving people experience, and it can lead to stress and impede people from reaching their full potential. Low self-worth is an often-overlooked root cause of imposter syndrome and when people connect to their unconditional self-worth, they can overcome imposter syndrome. This experiential workshop will help attendees to understand the link between self-worth and imposter syndrome, discuss their experiences related to imposter syndrome, and begin to practice strategies to connect to their unconditional self-worth and overcome imposter syndrome.
  • Practicing Self-Compassion for Resilience and Emotional Wellness

    Research demonstrates that practicing self-compassion fosters resilience and mental wellness. Further, when people are compassionate with themselves, they are more understanding, supportive, and compassionate with other people. In this talk Dr. Adia will discuss the importance of practicing self-compassion for professional success, break down the components of self-compassion, and provide practical strategies to integrate self-compassion in attendees’ daily lives.
  • Black Women and Mental Health: Challenges & Opportunities

    The strength and resilience of Black women is widely recognized. What is often overlooked is the silent suffering and mental health challenges Black women experience as they navigate racism and sexism in their daily lives. In this talk, Dr. Adia draws on her expertise from clinical work and research with Black women to provide insights on the unique mental health challenges Black women experience, how Black women can cope with and overcome these challenges, and how organizations can support the mental health and wellness of Black women.

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