Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about my background.
I am the CEO and founder of the Mental Health Community, an online community for mental health professionals to connect, network, and find jobs in mental health tech. I am also a telehealth therapist and licensed in three states (Washington, Missouri, and Kentucky).
I hold a Master's in Professional Counseling and I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2007. I ran a private practice for 10 years and I hired, trained, and supervised a staff of counselor interns, and pre-licensed and fully licensed counselors.
I have seen all ages of clients, but my passion is working with children, adolescents, and families. I started to see clients virtually online in 2016 (pre-COVID), and as you can imagine telehealth counseling was very new at that time.
This was a billboard outside of my second office location.
In 2015 I launched my podcast "The Mental Health Today Show" and can now my heard on all podcast apps. I also released the video version of season 1 on Amazon Prime Video.
The Mental Health Today Show - est. 2015
In 2016 I discovered live-streaming and I started to help people on Periscope (Twitter's now retired live-streaming app). I enjoyed helping people in real-time on Periscope and I quickly gained over 20,000 followers and I was asked to speak at the Periscope Summit in San Fransisco.
I was known on Periscope as The Calm Expert.
In 2018 I accepted a position in a rural school district to help the schools learn how to support students (PK - 12) who were affected by trauma and abuse. I helped the school district identify the students who were suffering from severe abuse and trauma by using Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
I also trained the school counselors on how to use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) to better identify students who were displaying suicidal ideation and to prevent unnecessary visits to the hospital.
I was also successful in partnering with a community mental health agency to provide a therapist and case manager in every school.
Then COVID hit (we all know what this did to our world), and after almost 4 years of working in the schools, my contract ended.
My last day working at the school.
I'm now working remotely as a virtual therapist and I'm able to set my own schedule and see clients from the comfort of my home. One positive thing that COVID provided was the normalcy of people being able to get help online, so telehealth is much more accepted today than it was in 2016.
I love how my clients are able to have their sessions from home, and even be able to do so before they go to work. Telehealth has made it super convenient for both therapists and clients.