The Therapist’s Couch – Lee Anna Belton
My name is Lee Anna Belton, and welcome to my couch.
I attended a Tamika and Friends (T&F) Girlfriend Retreat in 2007 with a mutual friend of Tamika’s. During the retreat, as T&F discussed HPV and the link it has to cervical cancer, all these emotions started to flood me. For the past five years, I had several abnormal pap smears, and my doctor mentioned HPV, yet never really explained what HPV was; I had a colopscopy, which little information was provided again. I walked away from each gynecological appointment with feelings of being ashamed, dirty, and embarrassed. I never discussed what I was going through with friends or family. I was alone in this battle.
Attending this retreat, I questioned…Did others not get information about HPV and its link to cervical cancer? Did others feel the way that I did? What I can do to help this cause. After the retreat, I went up to Tamika and introduced myself, and asked if could help Tamika and Friends in providing support.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in The State of Maryland. I received my Bachelors in Social Work from Seton Hall University and my Master’s in Social Work from The University of South Carolina.
My role with Tamika and Friends is to provide therapeutic support for you. As you’re going through this process you may be feeling lots of emotions and many thoughts may be running through your mind. But know you are never alone…Tamika and Friends is here for you. Please know that I am here to provide support for you…I am only an email or telephone call away.