Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime Castillo.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jaime. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always knew I wanted to help people, but didn’t always know in what capacity. I got a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and soon after landed a job at the local child protection agency. The high demands combined with few resources at this job left me quickly frustrated. I learned that in order to be efficient, I couldn’t spend the time I wanted to listening to the hardships the people in the system were facing. I had court reports to complete, case notes to write, and home visits to conduct. I discovered that what these families needed most was someone to listen, empathize and validate how hard they were working. I just didn’t have the time.
About a year into working for child protection, I decided I wanted to become a therapist. I re-enrolled in school and graduated with a masters degree in social work two years later. After conducting 3200 hours of therapy under a licensed supervisor, passing 2 exams, and eating more Velveeta Mac n Cheese than I ever knew was possible (can we say comfort food?), I finally became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Throughout my years as a therapist, I learned a lot about people. Perhaps the most poignant message I took away was this: people already have within them what it takes to live fulfilled, meaningful lives. I see my role as helping people reconnect to the light that has always been within; hence, Find Your Shine!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced is finding a healthy work/life balance. Being a business owner, it is easy to get tunnel vision and to prioritize your business over your family and even your own self-care. I’ve had to learn how to say “no” to taking a Sunday client or working more than 60 hours per week so that I can make sure I’m tending to the other important parts of my life, like my cute French Bulldog, Kendrick.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Find Your Shine – what should we know?
I provide therapy to children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. My experience ranges from helping people overcome test anxiety to healing from childhood abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, or hate crimes.
In therapy, I strive to provide a warm, nonjudgmental environment in which people feel heard, understood and believed. I understand the stigma associated with mental health and reaching out for help, and I know how hard it can be to take that first step. My goal is to make people feel validated and accepted, and to connect them to their inner potential.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Without a doubt, all credit goes to my clients. My clients are some of the most resilient and impressive people I’ve ever met. Any success I’ve had as a therapist is because of the work they’re willing to do. The fact that they are willing to show up and face their own pain head on is so inspiring. I couldn’t be successful if it weren’t for their courage.
Aside from my clients, I would also give credit to my longtime mentor, Sarah. She encouraged and inspired me throughout my social work education and internship. I still call her a couple of times per week and say “Sarah, WHAT DO I DO?” She always knows the answer.
- Address: 4700 South Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
- Website: www.findyourshinetherapy.com
- Phone: 480-815-3211
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org