June 17, 2020
On June 16, Charmeka Newton, PhD from the Pine Rest Kalamazoo and Portage Clinics was interviewed on West Michigan Woman as part of their #RiseUp series. The topic was “Sharing Our Feelings On Emotional Topics“.
As our nation feels divided on topics related to the pandemic and race relations, there is also tension within our closest relationships. Dr. Newton talks about how to share our feelings and differences of opinion with family and friends while still being respectful and kind.
“If you get in a conversation and the emotions get kind of high, acknowledge what you are experiencing,” said Dr. Newton. “Our bodies are always giving us cues. So for me, when I’m hyper-aroused or irritated, I notice that I tend to clench my teeth. For some people it might be a increased heart rate, or tight fists, or your thoughts begin racing… reflect back how you’re feeling, ‘I’m starting to feel amped up’ … and it’s OK to table it (for later).”
Click on the image above to watch the interview on Facebook.
Dr. Newton is a licensed psychologist working at the Pine Rest Kalamazoo Clinic. She completed her internship through the Miami Dade County Psychological Services Division. (APA approved). Dr. Newton earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She earned her Masters degree in Community Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and she completed her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.
She works with children, adolescents and adults. Her primary area of expertise includes anger management, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and parent/child issues.