Black-owned business Cultivate Counseling started by married couple

 Black-owned business Cultivate Counseling started by married couple

As a high school student, Nyema Bedell struggled with depression but didn’t talk about it. 

“It was a taboo,” he said. “It was like, ‘If something’s wrong with you, fix yourself. Stop looking down.’ So I always wanted to go into counseling to talk to men and other individuals who struggle, to normalize it and make it OK to talk about.” 

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Now, 20 years later, Bedell and his wife, Keisha Bedell, have opened their own trauma-informed and culturally competent private practice, Cultivate Counseling and Consulting, in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. 

“Cultivation is about growth,” Keisha Bedell said. “You think of the dry dirt, the roots of something, and how you can just watch it grow. Cultivating takes work. When you’re growing and nurturing something, it takes time. It’s not something that happens overnight, and that’s the same with…

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