Encore: Overcoming Financial Anxiety with Dr Ayanna Abrams

In this week's Encore podcast episode Dr Ayanna took a brave step in sharing her story of overcoming financial anxiety. She authentically shar Areas of clinical interest include anxiety (generalized, relationship & academic), mild to severe depression, toxic relationships, trauma, academic stress management, and issues with adjustment.More recently, Dr. Abrams has broadened her practice to maternal mental health needs. ed the impact of growing up without financial literacy, including leading her to make unhealthy money decisions and avoid paying debt for years. She openly shared the process she took to rewrite her money shame narrative and how she manages finances today. Dr. Ayanna Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia and CEO/Founder of Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC, a solo private practice.


In this episode Dr Ayanna discusses

  • The identity we create around money 
  • Knowing you safe spaces
  • Experiences of being a first generation Caribbean 
  • Exploring your authentic self in college
  • Managing finances in college
  • Rewriting your narrative regarding money shame 
  • Black women and money conversations

How to Connect with Special Guest: Dr Ayanna Abrams


Dr Ayanna Abrams

Not So Strong


Ascension Behavioral Health

Not So Strong


Ascension Behavioral Health

Resources Shared on Show



You Need A Budget

Every Dollar

My Finance


Journey to Launch

Clever Girl Finance

Nicole Walters Podcast

Optimal Finance Daily

Myleik Teele's Podcast


The Budgetnista

The Finance Bar


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Bianca Hughes

Bianca Kesha Hughes is setting boundaries and breaking barriers. She knows how to navigate life and discover true identity while trusting in God. Known for authenticity and heart-work services, Bianca is the ultimate trailblazer in the mental health and wellness field as a therapist, coach, speaker, and podcast host, inspiring her audience to let go of the illusion of perfectionism.

She is deeply connected to her cultural values, and Caribbean heritage, and her foundation of faith is a source of light for everyone around her. Bianca experiences her fair share of trials and pain but she heals through vulnerability and connecting to her authentic self. For this reason, she is passionate about breaking down the walls of perfectionism, encouraging her audience to connect to their authentic self while creating a safer place for them to be seen and heard.

Her podcast, "It Didn't Break Me," creates a space for honest and vulnerable conversations. Her guests share their transformational life stories around the messy stuff they didn't think they'd come back from yet they are still here. "It Didn't Break Me" podcast is a platform for people who are struggling with mindset shifts around perfectionism and being their authentic self, inspiring them to discover the beauty in the mess.