“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do”.
Mariah Minor, MSW
How did I get here? Like many of my colleagues, my passion for therapy is fueled by my own personal struggles. I’ve seen my fair share of unpleasant things and I understand the desire to want to “get better” but not know how to win the internal battle. I look back at the lack of help and support I was given and knowing how much it would have meant, sparks a fire in me to provide that understanding, guidance, and compassion, I wish I received, to those around me. I have a great desire to advocate for others and empower them to become the best versions of themselves regardless of the situations they may be in. I believe that sometimes it just requires someone taking the time to listen. I am here because I want to be that listening ear. I want to guide and support people through their struggles rather than succumb to them. I want people to understand that the things they have experienced do not define them nor cripple their potential. At the end of my life, I want to be known for the lives I’ve touched rather than the tangible items I have acquired. It is my lifetime aspiration to motivate and inspire people to embrace courage and push on past their circumstances, past the stereotypes, past the invisible constraints and shackles, and become happy purpose-filled individuals. Which leads me to where I am today; being a therapist grants me the ability to be that agent of change in someone’s life and ignite their power to be in control and resilient through all life’s toxic aspects.
I attended Delaware State University and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science in 2013. I later returned to Delaware State University and obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work in 2016. During my academic career, I participated in two internships which provided a great deal of knowledge regarding the foster care system and adolescents struggling with substance abuse. I became employed by a local agency and held different positions working with juveniles on probation in which we provided services to the youth based on their criminological needs. Post graduate school, I became a Mobile Therapist working with children and adolescents with a plethora of mental and behavioral health concerns. I taught and helped implement skills needed to be successful in settings within the community, school, and home. I am currently working towards my licensure and continue to provide a variety of psycho-therapies to children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group sessions here at Mental Edge Counseling, LLC.
- National Honor Society for Social Work (Alpha Delta Mu)
- National Honor Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
- Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
- National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC)
I am a firm believer in your attitude determining the altitude of your success. So often we allow for people and things around us to dictate our happiness when we should never grant them that power. Being successful in life is not about learning how not to struggle; it’s about learning the tools needed to get through the struggle. I try to apply a wholesome approach utilizing whatever method best works for my client to be able to regain control and power. Life is hard and things come at us all the time unexpectedly and when horrible things happen we deserve to feel bad about it but only for a moment. A true accomplishment is when even through all the adversity, and all the obstacles, and all the pain, you’re able to apply the tools of strength, resilience, and perseverance and come out stronger then when you went in. I often remind myself that “giving up is a permanent solution to a temporary situation.” Why say ‘I gave up’, when you can say ‘I survived and conquered?!’ Struggle is inevitable but it does not mean defeat… just makes for a better success story!