Today we’d like to introduce you to Mayana Geathers, Ebony Jones, Joanne Howe, Mahima Mohan and Ana Jayme.
Mayana, Ebony, Joanne, Mahima and Ana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We all met through our connection to the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency of Long Beach. Upon its closing in 2009, we knew that we didn’t want to lose touch. We immediately began meeting monthly to connect in support, laughter, and food! As we continued this tradition, we knew there was something special and unique about it and we wanted to work together in some way.
Our commitment and passion for the mental health field sparked a fire in us. We had a distinct perspective as feminist therapists and with our specialized training in working with survivors of sexual violence and trauma, we hoped to offer something incredible. Friendship evolved into a concept, which turned into a business plan, which then resulted in our incorporation! On January 1, 2014, we opened our doors as a practice. In the beginning of 2019, we opened the doors on our second location in Dallas, TX. We still meet on a regular basis and uphold our tradition of sharing a meal at every meeting.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We actually started with a larger group of ten people but as with any large group, natural attrition happens. Some chose to leave because of family decisions, major life transitions or differences in values. However, similar to life, these types of challenges serve to make you stronger and the group that remains has very strong bonds with each other that go beyond being business partners. We often consider ourselves sisters and support each other in other aspects of living, as well.
Bridges is a small but growing private practice, that honors the needs of our service providers, by not subjecting therapists to workplace demands that fuel burn out or create a poor work-life balance. We consistently remain cognizant of the balancing act that is making our services accessible while being vigilant about our ability to maintain a thriving, effective business.
We’d love to hear more about your practice.
Bridges to Healing is a group private practice. Our therapists provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families. It is our mission at Bridges to Healing to offer therapy that promotes psychological wellness and healing, with a particular focus on trauma, oppression and disempowerment. Additionally, we provide training for other mental health, social service and paraprofessionals on a wide range of topics. We are able to tailor training to the needs of the organization with which we partner.
Our practice is unique in that all of our therapists work from a Feminist therapy modality, which means we use a social justice framework that acknowledges our client’s intersecting identities and provide services that are culturally-relevant and have an anti-oppression focus emphasizing empowerment, inclusiveness, affirmation, validation, safety and equity. We take pride in being a diverse group of therapists who reflect the multiple identities of the communities that we serve.
We have nurtured this practice for many years and we utilize a trauma-informed, feminist approach from the running of our business to the services we offer our clients.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
One of the greatest aspects of Bridges to Healing is that the personal bond and connection we’ve developed and strengthened over the years embodies and exemplifies the principles, mission, and vision upon which our organization is founded. As friends and colleagues, we share and provide safety, empowerment, transparency, collaboration, non-judgmental support and respect to name a few.
We continue to hold monthly meetings wherein we take care of business, take care of each other, consult on cases, debrief, decompress, and stay current on developing mental health matters, ethics and laws. Forming our bond and business took a lot of hard work, long hours, blood, sweat, tears, smiles, sorrows, worries, celebrations, etc. Through it all, we have been able to lean on each others’ strengths, and on our genuine connectedness to continually move forward successfully through triumphs and through personal and professional setbacks.
- Address: 3711 Long Beach Blvd. STE 1016A
Long Beach, CA 90807
- Website: www.bridgestohealing.net
- Phone: (562) 528-0606
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org