Deepening Connection

Sustaining Relationships

Every encounter, engagement, or experience we have with another person is a relationship. Strategic emotional resilience is key to establishing healthy symbiosis around the intersectionality of our personal and professional lives. By understanding the specific cultural issues affecting Black relationships, we can learn how to connect with one another on a deeper level, begin to open our hearts, and build the rewarding relationships we all seek.

Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad is an author, Psychotherapist and Licensed Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in relationship and life coaching. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational communications, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. Dr. Jeannelle is specifically trained to transform relationships by exploring communication skills, understanding intimacy and sexuality, and improving conflict resolution. She specializes in the intersection of race and mental health, particularly related to the Black experience, the history of American slavery and its influence on the lives and relationships of individuals, families and couples in the Black community.



Intimacy is fundamental to sustaining a healthy, romantic relationship. With true intimacy, partners allow themselves to be open and vulnerable; to discuss emotions, experiences, and needs freely. They rely on each other for safety, both physically and emotionally.

In Into-Me-See, licensed therapist Dr. Jeannelle Perkins-Muhammad explores the cultural and personal factors that can make it challenging for Black couples to develop and maintain intimacy. The book's title comes from a cultural idiom that describes the ability to look beyond the physical and look deeper to see the greater connection to another person. Unique among books on intimacy, Into-Me-See explores specific cultural issues affecting Black couples, including how a history of slavery and the ongoing racism in America have created relationship expectations that often work against intimacy.

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