Today we’d like to introduce you to Samiyrah Bennett.
Samiyrah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Currently, I am a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. I am passionate about helping young women get out of their own heads while increasing awareness that they are not their thoughts. I do this through Mindfulness and Intentional living techniques to encourage mental wellness. In my clinical practice, there is emphasis on mindset shifts and reframing automatic negative thoughts.
While I am absolutely clear on my purpose and undeniably love what I do, I didn’t not always have this mind frame. In my undergraduate career, I majored in Psychology. It wasn’t until my Senior year in college I took an ‘Introduction to Social Work’ elective just to fulfill my degree requirements. I instantly fell in love with the multifaceted opportunities that Social Work provides. After taking this class in senior year, my interest widened. I was now a Senior in college and not quite sure if what I studied for the last three years was the direction I still wanted to take. I was scared but decided to stay the path of where my passion existed.
After graduating, I gained experience in many different areas of Social Work. From substance abuse, behavioral health, medical settings, criminal justice and adolescent residential settings, I’ve had my fair share of experience. It’s the experience that led me to the path that I am on. Trying new things and being uncomfortable allowed me to pursue my passion and led me to being an exceptional Mental Health Clinician.
Whoever is reading this right now, I want you to know that you don’t have to have it all figured out. The beauty is in the journey so stay the path and remind yourself that you are deserving of the life you desire. Talk about a Mindset Shift!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worth having is a smooth road. There have been highs in lows in my career and while I could choose to beat myself up about what did not work, I choose to remind myself of what is going well. I also remind myself that experiencing peaks and valleys in life is evidence that I am human. Also, Resilience is Real!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am the Clinical Director for Samiyrah Bennett, LCSW – Mental Health Counseling Practice that is dedicated to offering Mindfulness and Intentional Living strategies to improve mental wellness. Helping my clients get out of their own head to reduce anxiety, worry, depression, panic and phobias is my specialty.
As a Private Practice company, we have really been able to provide transformative work. I am so proud of my clients who make a conscious decision to live on purpose, do the work and show up for themselves. In my practice, there is a focus on a holistic approach, which means the whole person is taking into account that includes mental and social factors rather than just focusing on symptoms.
Furthermore, I recently have been able to expand business services and begin offering Life Coaching services in addition to therapy services. One of the main questions I get asked is, what’s the difference between Therapy and Life Coaching. A simple answer is the attention of the work that is done in session that is different. While Therapy focuses on emotional wellbeing and mental health support, Life Coaching pays attention to setting and achieving specific life goals.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is unapologetically striving to be the best version of yourself. Consciously deciding to never settle and being open to exploring how to elevate is being successful. For me, this is typically marked by exhibiting self-awareness while remaining goal-oriented.