Celebration of National Women’s History Month: Dr. Dawn Tyus
March 1st marked the beginning of Women’s History Month which highlights the contribution of women to history, culture, and society observed annually in the United States since 1987. There are so many women who have paved the way in so many different arenas in the world today and many of them have impacted my life.
“Leaders, pioneers, homemakers, trailblazers – women were essential to the founding of this nation and are essential on the path forward into its future.”
Today, I want to share with you a woman who has been very influential in my life since I was a high-school student. I was introduced to this phenomenal woman by my aunt. She assisted me with an assignment that I was having problems completing in one of my AP classes. Over the years, I still kept my communication with her and she invited me to one of her workshops she was hosting for women in December 2016. I will never forget this day, it changed my life and I am grateful for my attendance at this event on that Sunday evening. I was very tired that day and was not going to attend but I am so…. glad I did because I gained an accountability partner forever! This day changed my life and made me begin my journey of healing. I began to look back on not only my tragedies in life but the triumphs I have endured over the years. I was able to dream again and celebrate my small wins which helped me birth “From Scars to Stars”. I am truly grateful to Dr. Dawn Tyus for being instrumental in my life and honored to celebrate her this month.
Dr. Dawn Tyus is a Behavioral Health Influencer, Certified Personal Executive Life Coach, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator. She’s electrifying, dynamite, and on fire about helping African American women with busy minds and hectic lives heal from anxiety, trauma, and stress caused by past relationships, past hurt, and past pain to find happiness, healing, and hope. Dawn is a native of Griffin, Georgia, she is the mother of Destiny, Janae, and Cameron. She is also affectionately the favorite aunt of Savannah and the loving MiMi to Londyn, Sevyn, and Nolan. She is a graduate of Mercer University; and while matriculating at Mercer, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Dawn received a Ph.D. in Counseling Supervision from Capella University.
Dawn is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dawn is also the CEO of Everything Therapy Counseling Center where she provides personal executive coaching and mental health counseling. Dr. Tyus is a Behavioral Health Influencer who proudly leads the Black Women Do Heal initiative, a community-based tribe to aid African American women dispel the “angry black woman” myth through cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused healing. Dr. Tyus also facilitates the Healing Lounge, a weekly virtual safe space for women to collectively dialogue on topics to release the past, walk in purpose, and become emotionally and mentally free. She’s also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated and a host of other community organizations.
Dawn is a woman with big faith and is the epitome of an encourager who intentionally lives without a script for her life. She’s spiritually connected, grounded in grace, and refuses to wallow in pity. She also refuses to allow women to settle for mediocrity.
Dawn states her mother, Ms. Dorothy Underwood is the most influential person in her life because “in her mom, she finds love, strength, and faith”. Dawn’s favorite quote for her life is “To add value to others, one must first value others” – John Maxwell.
I can’t thank Dr. Dawn Tyus enough for being a beacon of light to her community and to so many others that she has crossed paths with. She has been that beacon for me. Therefore, if anyone needs any of her services, you can follow her on Instagram @drdawntyus. Dawn loves people, she believes that everyone is worthy, and she helps them believe it too with loving sincerity sprinkled with a splash of sass and a dash of spunk. One thing I love about her is she is relatable and resourceful. Dawn is relentless and unapologetic about empowering women worldwide to Get Real, Get Right, and Walk in Happiness, Healing, and Hope! Therefore, I encourage every woman to dream again and become the woman that God has created you to be.
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