Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Dana.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A Whole New Approach to Counseling: Shifting The Mindset of Therapy
I knew I wanted to be a therapist at a young age. While other kids were dreaming of being basketball players and superstars, I was picturing a Freudian couch! Although the couch changed slightly (there’s very little laying down and talking about oedipal complexes in my office), the rest of the dream played out pretty true to form.
I have always had an interest in helping other people learn more about themselves and find opportunities for growth. Everyone has blind spots. Sometimes we have experiences in life and we need help adjusting our mirrors so that these blind spots aren’t causing us to crash. That’s where a skilled therapist can come in handy.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’d say that Elevate’s biggest challenges have been between the EARS rather than between the DOORS. In other words, our challenges have been related to mindset.
I’m a driven, type-A, deep-thinker by nature. I liked to talk through problems at sleep-overs with friends (a recipe for disaster by the way), and I decided on psychology as a career path when I was in high school.
But when I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Counseling, I was hesitant to announce myself as an expert. I knew I was smart and capable, but who was I to announce myself on center stage? I was hoping people would somehow find my light but was hiding it under a bushel.
Luckily, I joined another therapy practice that recognized my strengths and helped me grow in my confidence. Now I see things differently. When I share information about Elevate, I know I’m helping to solve a larger problem. This mindset shift has been essential for me to be able to take the necessary steps to not only open my own practice but eventually help other clinicians grow in the same way.
The general public needs a mindset shift too.
People (teens AND adults) often have mental roadblocks to getting professional help. We want to be able to do everything on our own. We don’t want to ask for help.
But doing things alone doesn’t make you stronger. It makes you exhausted!
And people may not even realize how exhausted they are. They’ve been going and going and going and it’s not until a moment of crisis that we realize how much we’ve been suffering. My goal is to help people realize what’s happening before life feels overwhelming.
One of my missions at Elevate is to de-stigmatize mental health. We focus on mental WELLNESS rather than mental ILLNESS. We take a strengths-based approach in giving help, which encourages people to feel more comfortable when they come into our offices (side note: if you seek out help earlier, you often get better faster, with less professional support needed).
Elevate Counseling – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Elevate Counseling helps children, teens and adults shift their thinking and find more enjoyment in life. If someone is feeling anxious, stressed and without the tools to manage day-to-day stressors, we can help.
Individual therapy: Therapy at Elevate is much more than a “place to vent” or a “listening ear.” Our approach to therapy is strengths-based and solution-focused, through scientifically-validated research-based interventions that address your personal struggles.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a great way to catalyze change. It is especially beneficial for anxiety, depression, trauma, and handling situational stressors. This is because it provides a structured and safe place to practice newly learned skills, gain new insight about yourself, and connect with other people dealing with similar struggles in an honest and intimate way, with the ultimate goal of healing and happiness.
Executive Functioning: Does your child struggle to start or complete homework? Are they overwhelmed by missing assignments? Do YOU struggle with organization in YOUR home or workday? Elevate Counseling’s coaches are like personal trainer’s for getting-stuff-done. They can provide support in organizing your workload, explicitly teach the necessary skillset for managing multiple demands, and help your family stay on top of your game.
What I’m most proud of at Elevate is our counselor’s ability to affect real change in the lives of the people we work with and in our community at large. That’s the reason we went into the counseling field in the first place and it’s inspiring to watch the people we work with grow.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
This is a great question! When I was in high school, we did a project on our favorite poem and I chose Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Success,” which I still have today (I throw away almost everything, so the fact that I’ve saved this says a lot). I can’t even pick one line, because I love it all, so here it is in its entirety.
What is Success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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