Minaa B. who was born Jessmina Archbold, is the author of the book Rivers Are Coming, and is a licensed psychotherapist, mental health consultant, and founder of the digital magazine Respect Your Struggle. She was born and raised in Queens, New York, graduated from Briarcliffe College with Her Bachelor’s degree in business administration, and later received her master of social work degree from New York University. Minaa's experience as a Social Worker consists of providing individual, group, and family therapy to a culturally diverse population of all ages with complex mental health issues.
Minaa also works as a mental health consultant for Head Start programs, where she develops interventions to support the socio-emotional development of infants and toddlers, and provides counseling to individuals, families and caregivers.
Being committed to mental health is not only a professional choice for Minaa but it applies to her practice of self-care, learning the importance of knowing how to advocate for yourself, and being educated on systems and interventions that can bring forth healing. Minaa's goal is to offer hope to those who's stories have been erased and their voices made silent. She compels her audience to reflect and think in ways that empowers them and she is a motivator for change and advocator for healing.
When Minaa is not writing for her website or working as a consultant doing psychotherapy, she is freelance writing for the Huffington Post and Conscious Magazine, along with other various publications centered around mental health and strategies for healing.