Today we’d like to introduce you to Danisha Almonte.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Wanting to become a therapist was an easy decision. I became aware of my mother’s mental health condition as a child and was exposed to information/interventions to better understand her. As I got older, I became more interested in helping people feel validated and seen. I went to the University of Florida where I earned my bachelor in African American Studies. While in college, I was faced with difficult situations that helped develop my racial identity. From this experience, I became interested in helping people with racial identity issues, racial trauma, and facilitating healing by creating anti-racist environments. Growing up in Miami, FL, I was surrounded by Latinx and Black folks. It was different going from a diverse city to a predominantly white institution. My passion to assist with the healing of Black and Latinx people continued once I started my master’s in Teachers College, Columbia University. After earning my masters, I have continued to facilitate these conversations in different settings including the workplace. I attribute my racial identity development and witnessing my mother’s mental health condition as being two of the ice turning events that got me to where I am now.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Becoming a therapist was not easy. I was unaware of how some companies overwork their therapists before graduating with my masters. In my first job out of school, I was faced with an alarming amount of clients with little to no time to take care of my self. It was a difficult time for me emotionally as I had a hard time balancing self-care, work, and my social life. Despite it being such a hard time, I do appreciate this time. I have been able to understand what type of work environments I thrive in and prioritize my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
My company is named Danisha Almonte, LLC where I provide psychotherapy services to individuals in New York and Texas and consulting on mental health and diversity, equity, and inclusion where I provide workshops to organizations, non-profits, clinicians, and institutions on ways to better their workplace environment and mental health-related information. I am proud to have started my company as imposter syndrome was prolonging the start for some time. I am proud to have started and receive the support from friends and colleagues. I believe pushing past the belief that therapists are “perfect” sets me apart as I do have moments where I add information that is vulnerable for me.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I were to start over, I would have put myself out there more to have mentors to guide me through this process of private practice and other career ventures.
- $100 for Individual Therapy
- $200 for Family and Couples Therapy
- Website: danishacalmonte.com
- Phone: 7864316805
- Email: email@example.com
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