We had the good fortune of connecting with Tammy Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tammy, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I always did the best with what I had; and saw opportunities where others may have walked away. My purpose in life has been healing and education. I want to be remembered for helping people to rediscover the best version of themselves, and to continue through life genuinely connected to themselves and others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am passionate about healing the wounds of the heart and mind. I often talk to clients about the many challenges of carrying these kinds of wounds, because unlike a broken bone, they are not visible to ourselves or others. Instead, they speak through behaviors and distorted belief systems that tend to poison and disconnect them from self and others. In finding a place to explore and tend to these wounds my clients can bring to the surface dysfunctional patterns that allow for healing so that they can be more present and honest in their lives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Snooze cafe for breakfast Rebecca’s apothecary for some great scents and healing herbs Walk along Pearl Street DAM for a day or two of inspiring art and interactive exhibits Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for Happy Hour Brunch at the Greenbriar Inn Drive along Peak-to-peak Stop for coffee and fresh-made doughnuts at the Train Cars Coffee shop in Nederland Board games in the Union Station Pavilion A day or two at the Denver Botanic Gardens Stroll through the streets and galleries of RiNo—the Denver art district Walk along 16th Street Mall in Denver with a stop at the Capital Grille
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This journey has been so long; I have been touched by so many lives. The ones that come to the forefront right now are my clinical supervisor Kathleen Naman who has been on my professional journey with me since 2010; the many instructors at Naropa University that transmitted the wisdom of compassion and brilliant sanity in my training to become a therapist; my network of friends and family that have supported and loved me through all the paths my life has taken; and lastly, my beloved husband who has nourished and loved me in ways that have deepened my work in mental health.