So now you’ve come to the point where you get to know a little bit about me! I could bore you and list all my degrees, experience, and qualifications because I’m sure that’s what you are really interested in right;). Or I could give you my life story and afterwards schedule an appointment with my therapist (I kid, I kid). The reality is I dread about pages…there I said it. The daunting task of compartmentalizing myself enough to put the multifaceted dimensions of what makes Yunetta …. Yunetta on piece of paper or a computer screen makes me feel inclined to run …which could actually be a good thing ☺. I’m the type of person that likes to meet a person face to face and see what they are ABOUT…Rather than reading what they are ABOUT…. then spending time trying to determine if what they are ABOUT on paper matches what they are ABOUT in person. I realize that we live in a technology driven world and YOU my possible future client are taking a huge step. With that being said I can understand why you would kind of want to know what you’re getting into before you get into it… I completely respect that. I appreciate your presence so I will honor it and follow protocol …..
So here goes I Graduated from Austin Peay State university with a Bachelors in Psychology minor in African America Studies in 2004. I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2011 from Walden University. I became a Nationally Certified Counselor with National Board of Certified Counselors in 2011. I am a Licensed as a Professional Counselor Mental Health Service Provider in the State of Tennessee. Over the past 7+ years I have worked in various settings Private Practice, Community Mental Health, Mobile Crisis, Military, and School settings. (taking a breath and checking to see if your still awake) still there…. Ok I’ll continue.
Now on to the reason I come work every day …. I love therapy, I love people …some people jk all people ☺. I love to see people healed, whole, thriving, hopeful, inspired, growing, and changing. It may sound Cliché but I think therapy is a beautiful thing. To be able to create an atmosphere where individuals can be seen, heard, and affirmed is awesome. To witness the act of human resilience while observing and highlighting the strengths of the clients I encounter is something I don’t take for granted.
I grew up in area and time where counseling and therapy was unheard of. Common phrases I heard as a child was “Children are to be seen and not heard” “crying won’t fix anything” “get over it” “if you keep crying I’m going to give you something to cry about” (geesh that sounds brutal but familiar for some I’m sure). The reality is often times we are taught to suppress our feelings to ignore them the work them away, to sleep them away, to eat them away, to drink them away, to smoke them away. News flash … they don’t just go away! In retrospect I believe if some of my family…(me included), friends, or other individuals in my community had access to therapy they could be living a more fulfilled life right now. When I think about this I feel sad. It’s sad that stigmas attached to mental illnesses prevent individuals from getting the help that they need. It’s even more saddening that some individuals don’t really know they need it and others recognize the need but lack the resources necessary to acquire services.
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio and becoming a military child at the age of 11 I have lived in two different but similar worlds. This has given me the opportunity to connect with various types of people. I see this in the clients that I work with. Even with the differences I find the identifying and understanding the similarities helps us grow. I am confident that my experiences and education has helped me to connect and cultivate change in the lives of my clients.
It is my hope that you will get the help you need if you need it. If you are just lurking I hope that you will be able to share something with someone that needs it, and if you are on this fence I encourage you to continue to search for the right person to share your story with. I am confident that therapy is beneficial…. allow yourself to be open, to grow, to change, and to move forward.