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(PSYCHIATRIST, EDUCATOR, & WRITER)

Dr. Flowers began her professional psychiatry career by serving as a community psychiatrist during her 1968 internship in San Francisco. For the next nine years, she served as a staff psychiatrist and senior administrator in the African-American community of East Palo Alto, California and at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco.

In 1977, Dr. Flowers opened a private psychiatry practice in San Francisco that would thrive for the next 25 years. Offering psychotherapy and prescribing medications when necessary, she served adult individuals, couples, and groups. In that time, she also chaired and participated in a number of local and national committees, including becoming a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1987, and serving as president of the 1,200-member Northern California Psychiatric Society (NCPS) from 1998 to 1999. She was a reviewer for "Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General" in 1999 and the supplemental report, "Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity" in 2001. The NCPS honored Dr. Flowers with the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

Dr. Flowers even brought her analysis skills to a television audience in 1985 with “Dr. Flowers on Call,” a national call-in show for BET (Black Entertainment Television). The format was 10 minutes of a taped initial psychiatric interview with a volunteer “patient” followed by Dr. Flowers leading 20 minutes of discussion about the patient's real-life situation with callers. In the 65 episodes that aired, Dr. Flowers addressed issues such as depression, alcoholism, domestic violence, AIDS, refugees, interracial relationships, anxiety, and more.

Though she retired from her psychiatric treatment practice in 2002, Dr. Flowers still consults and teaches in the area of psychotherapy, which—much like her consultations—requires an understanding of psychodynamics in the context of a community. In fact, she used her experience in community psychiatry and this area to develop the original emotional education curriculum presented in her consultation work.

 

 

 

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