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Meet Safi Lynch Wilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Safi Lynch Wilson.

Safi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey began as a 12 years old immigrant from Liberia, West Africa. My family immigrated to the U.S. due to political unrest in our homeland. As a young child, I struggled with assimilation, acceptance, and finding my place in a new land. My experiences as a child led me to the field of mental health and the work that I do today. I want to be able to help and support others who may have experienced similar challenges that I had as a child and young adult. My goal is to decrease the stigma of mental health services for immigrants and communities of color. I want people to have access to support that I did not have as a child.

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?
In order to get to this place, I have had to make sure that I addressed my own trauma. Having to abruptly leave my home in the midst of civil unrest is traumatic. Losing family members to violence within the civil unrest is traumatic. Leaving abruptly without having an opportunity to say good-bye to friends and other family members is traumatic. In order for me to be effective as a therapist, I had to go through my own therapeutic journey and find my healing.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Safi K. Lynch Therapeutic Services – what should we know?
My practice specializes in providing therapeutic services to immigrants and people of color. Although there are many mental health professionals nationwide, there is a small number who specialize in the immigrant mental health. People do not always make connections between immigration and mental health, including grief and loss issues, depression, and anxiety associated with leaving one’s native land. I am especially interested in providing support to these individuals who struggle with mental health, acculturation, and identity challenges.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I have encountered and overcome some of the challenges that my clients struggle with. Therefore, I have the ability to show empathy and compassion, which helps me to build an authentic and trusting relationship with my clients.

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