Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Tarzia and Fernando Rodriguez.
Jennifer and Fernando, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began witnessing addiction and mental health struggles within the family and close to home from an early age. It developed a sense of determination and compassion for all those who struggle. After college, I participated in and witnessed multiple interventions that ultimately were not successful, one of which ending in death. It inspired the path of education down, which I decided to travel. Psychology became my calling, and right after grad school, I had the opportunity to participate in intervention work with a primary mental health population. I began to view interventions differently and this developed the want to change not only myself but the industry itself and the subsequent methodologies behind how we do what we do. I saw the success rate the traditional model provided and wanted to make it better, reminding myself and others how miserable and trying it can be to conduct an intervention on someone you love. I filled a number of roles in the coming years that ultimately led me to want to retrain the public and removing stigmas and shame; focusing instead on the roots of addiction and mental health conditions.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been far from smooth, and while I feel blessed and gifted in my current situation, there exist plenty of struggles that circumstantially riddle everyone’s path to success. Being young and female in an industry dominated by “experienced” men has led to stigmatic and assumptive stereotypical relations with families and clients, industry folk and referrals. Wanting to rewrite the sensationalist public view of interventions thanks to a monetized television version of what happens during an intervention process has been nothing short of heartbreaking, most especially how the process people have seen clashes with the industry itself and the views of those who want to help.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Doyen Consulting Group is a team of clinical specialists and therapeutic experts that are dedicated to offering help and treatment to anyone for a plethora of problems and struggles. We have specialists that are proficient in alcoholism, substance abuse, adolescents, domestic violence and human traffic, sex crimes, mental health conditions, and, of course, trauma. While the mental health community has exploded in the last 30 years, we have begun to study and address numerous schools of thought that never before have been part of the model. We work not only with clients of interest, but also their families, friends, and those affected by the person(s) of interest. We coach families on what the process looks like, how to handle it with their own healthy approach, how to manage their own stresses surrounding incidents and involvements. We corroborate with treatment centers, hospitals, first responders, lawyers and court systems, programs for help and change; and we organize as a liaison between all parties to ensure that help is timely and thorough. As a group of professionals, we treat a consulting and intervention company as if it was a therapeutic program by providing ongoing training and supervisions to ensure that we are maintaining our mission and values. We are most proud of the ethical integrity we have established and maintained, and want to continue to remodel what the world of mental health looks like.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
While I would consider Los Angeles to be a hotspot for mental health in terms of industry demand, I would certainly not recommend starting out in this environment. Hollywood, Malibu, and a few other specific areas have been integral in the sensationalization of interventions, the explosion of “designer treatment” for celebrities, luxury drug rehabs and the exclusionist help infrastructure that has been solidified in Southern California. The wealthy are the least well served within the industry, and the most frequently taken advantage of. Vast improvements must be made on multiple legislative and societal levels to ensure that this environment becomes more accessible to the millions of people needing help. This starts with pop culture and is backed by politicians and treatment centers, ultimately culminating in one major deciding factor: money.
- Address: Doyen Consulting Group
2772 Roosevelt Street, #1024
Carlsbad CA 92018
- Website: www.doyencg.com
- Phone: (800) 824-0409
- Email: Jennifer@doyencg.com
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