I started working for my current agency right out of college and for a long time, this job was all that I knew. But things started to really change for me in 2017 when I had the opportunity to see a client in one-on-one therapy.
I started off working with an 18-year-old, multi-racial woman who was transitioning from high school into college. She was previously attending a predominately white high school and was struggling with identity issues after graduation. Having the opportunity to help her was so rewarding to me and I knew that I wanted to continue doing this type of work.
Eventually, one client turned into two, two became three, and so on and so forth. To be honest, I never really thought about what I wanted to do with my social work degree. I think that I give off the appearance that I have it all together. Truthfully, I’m a “let the chips fall where they may” kind of person. That’s how I got into college, how I got into my social work program and how I currently have my private practice.
I wrestled with the idea of starting my own practice. I have a good job and I am comfortable there, but something was missing. I knew I had another purpose. As I started to see more clients, I had this gut feeling that this is what I wanted to do with my life and my career.
Deciding to branch out from your comfort zone is a hard decision for most people. In fact, many people are never able to take the leap. It’s understandable because there are so many changes and unknowns that come with it. When I started my practice, I had to adopt a different lifestyle. I was now balancing a full-time job, my practice, and my private life. Creating clear boundaries became extremely important for me to allocate enough time and energy to focus on growing my business.
I have met so many amazing women through my practice and online therapy. I want nothing more than to be able to continue providing treatment to those who want it.
In growing my practice I’ve learned how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and how to thrive despite the difficulties. I stepped into my true power, and I am helping women of color every day!