In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re doing a special spinoff series of Healthy Her called Ask a Black Therapist where we’re bringing the questions you asked us to two Black female health experts and sharing their answers here.

As we get older, our relationship focus tends to center on romantic partnerships, so much so that we actually forget how to connect to people of the same sex and even build friendships. In this episode of Ask a Black Therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist Shadeen Francis lays out tips for making friends with other women as an adult and she also shares advice for those who asked how to begin dating again after divorce, whether you need to be completely happy with yourself before attempting to date, and how to balance not needing a man with wanting one. Check out the video above for her expert opinion.

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