A former college basketball player from a small Connecticut city on the edge of the cold & gritty NYC, Dr. Broderick Sawyer is a clinical psychologist, wellness teacher, and DEI consultant located in Louisville Kentucky. While in his doctoral training Dr. Sawyer studied the development and healing of race-based stress and generational trauma.
After practicing psychotherapy for a few years and even founding a racial trauma center, Dr. Sawyer ultimately decided that his expertise would have a larger impact by intervening at an organizational level, rather than in one on one psychotherapy.
By collaborating with organizational stakeholders and DEI professionals, Dr. Sawyer uses a skill-based "emotional competency" approach to help your organization achieve a psychological environment of real compassion- all rooted in scientifically sound techniques.
As a teacher, his straight-forward speaking style and abundant warmth make it easy for you to relate, learn, and accomplish any goals you set.
DEI and Racial Trauma: Dr. Sawyer's main area of expertise is in healing race-based stress and trauma. In addition to DEI programming, organizations also need to account for skills in managing emotional discomfort to achieve success in creating a sustainable culture of inclusivity. Dr. Sawyer covers all bases in this area, combining his expertise in DEI, racial trauma, and mental wellness to create a solid "psychological foundation" within your organization. He achieves this by assisting you in developing and teaching customized programming, speaking to your entire organization or to select stakeholders, and providing ongoing consultation support.
Mental Wellness Skill-Building: In his time as a psychotherapist, Dr. Sawyer gained plenty of experience teaching his patients scientifically-backed skills of mental wellness. When teaching outside of the therapy environment, he approaches mental wellness like building muscle: Transforming mental health into a routine hygienic activity, rather than an intimidating process. He uses his extensive experience, combined with his background as an athlete, to teach you the fundamentals of mental wellness from a down-to-earth, skill-based perspective.
Training for Mental Health Professionals and Trainees: Dr. Sawyer was trained to provide psychotherapy using several theoretical perspectives (cognitive-behavioral, liberation psychology, mindfulness, relational psychodynamic, attachment, exposure, humanistic, compassion-focused, and more). Often, therapy clinics, training programs, and other treatment settings may desire exposure to diverse and integrative approaches to psychotherapy, but may not be able to hire full-time experts. Dr. Sawyer's offerings resolve this dilemma by collaborating with you to provide supplemental support across many topic areas, delivered with ultimate flexibility.
Mental Wellness for People of Color: For the past several years, Dr. Sawyer has personally created and put on programming for mental wellness in people of color. He uses his expertise in racial trauma and generational healing to put on wellness workshops, digital curriculum to create resilience against racism, and facilitate discussion. Dr. Sawyer also works with employee resource groups to co-create programming that meets the unique needs of your organization.
Mindfulness, Meditation, and Compassion: With almost 7 years of experience teaching and practicing mindfulness, meditation, and compassion-based techniques, Dr. Sawyer is an embodied teacher in this area. While also being grounded in a personal study of Eastern philosophy, Dr. Sawyer keeps these approaches culturally-aligned with their original sources.
Bottom line: Mental wellness is a skill.
The number one predictor of mental wellness in Dr. Sawyer's experience of providing psychotherapy has been the development of specific skills to work with one's inner psychological environment. In other words, learning techniques to keep one's mental health running "smoothly" is a fast-track to health, solid life performance, and a compassionate interpersonal style.
Dr. Sawyer has spent years teaching psychotherapy patients relevant skills to alter their psychological environments. He found that change was always possible, but building mental wellness skills made the process of wellness much easier.
Outside of psychotherapy, altering the wellness of organizations and carrying out DEI initiatives is made accessible with this approach of skill-building. Specifically, he finds that mentally healthy individuals are much less likely to act non-inclusively, which is why he collaborates with you to target psychological "competencies" that will allow change to happen.