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About Me

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a bilingual child.  Though my Oakland California neighborhood mirrors the scenery of a street in Tijuana, Spanish is not my second language- movies are.  I don’t discriminate either.  Shoot ’em ups, chick flicks, documentaries, blaxsploitations (this means you too, Madea) and cheesy 80’s fodder all get play in my book.  I thank my father for my obsession with film.  In my house he made sure that we had a television set in almost every room and a life without HBO, Showtime, and “Skinemax” was simply not an option.  So yes, I grew up watching things that a two year old probably shouldn’t see and could recite lines from movies before I even learned how to read (and I was reading with ease at three).  Thanks to good old dad and his fascination with science fiction films, my best friends were Mothra, pretty much all of the characters from Clash of the Titans, Klaatu, his robot Gort, and those garbage bag-wearing villains in Superman 2.  And then there was mom and her affinity for all things Joan Crawford…but that’s another story.

So here I am today- a movie lover who also happens to have a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  What’s a girl to do?  Sure, I could offer you a couch to lay on and have you tell me all sorts of interesting things about your mother or I could use my passion for film to guide you in a discussion about how we invite those wire hangers into our lives.  Oh wait, that’s my childhood.  Just kidding mom- California law says that the use of an open palm is not abuse.

Lest I digress, my venture into cinematherapy (yes, there is a name for it) is dedicated to the memory of my late husband, Michael Anthony Graham II.  Michael too, was a film buff and together we built a collection of over 400 DVD’s and movie-hopped our way through theaters all across the country.  I had a profound emotional experience shortly following his death when watching the 2007 film The Orphanage.

Movies provide us with images that tap into our unconscious and can help reveal things about ourselves.  They have the power to help heal, transform, and shape our lives.   Why do we have such strong reactions to one particular movie over others?  What can we learn from these reactions and how can they guide us in the future?  Some therapists use hypnosis and others use art.  Thanks to my father and my angel I have found my calling in film and I hope you find my analyses as food to your soul.  “Thank you, Big Mama” (Cue the Boyz II Men track). 😀

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3 comments

  1. Ms. Movie Shrink you have arrived! May God bless you in your future endeavors and those blessings spread across a nation and world.

    Lots of love and blessings,

    Mirs


  2. I got to admit that this young lady is so sweet, and she is so precious and I chat and email her when she feels like it or not. Young lady, keep it up! Always remember to keep God first.


  3. I loved this movie! and the music was outstanding, where can I find and purchase a soundtrack or artist work;?

    Ben



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