Skip links

Session 222: How Horror Films Help Us Process Life

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

As therapists, much of how we work with clients is informed by our own interests and the things that help us make sense of the world. Today Dr. Lana Holmes joins us to talk about how her interest in horror movies informs her work and what the horror genre can teach us about trauma and survival. Dr. Holmes and I chatted about how she uses themes from horror films in therapy with some of her clients, how horror films might help us process issues like trauma and racism, and how to process triggering images you might see in a film.


Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast!

Join us for the Last Days of Summer Book Club chat on Aug. 26 @ 7pm EST.

Where to Find Dr. Holmes

Facebook: @onwardtherapy

Stay Connected

Is there a topic you’d like covered on the podcast? Submit it at

If you’re looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at

Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in the Therapy for Black Girls Sister Circle

Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at

The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

Make sure to follow us on social media:

Twitter: @therapy4bgirls

Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls

Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls

Our Production Team

Executive Producers: Dennison Bradford & Maya Cole

Producer: Cindy Okereke

Assistant Producer: Ellice Ellis