How to Find A Therapist Like Me with Dr. Noreal Armstrong | FP 120

On this therapist podcast, Whitney Owens talks to Dr. Noreal Armstrong about How to Find a Therapist Like Me?

Are you looking to join a directory that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and culturally vibrant? Where can you connect with clients that feel comfortable with you? How can you showcase your expertise alongside your life experience?

In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks about how to find a therapist that suits your needs with Dr. Noreal Armstrong.

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Meet Dr. Noreal Armstrong

A photo of Dr. Noreal Armstrong is captured. She is the CEO and Executive Director of A Therapist Like Me. Dr. Armstrong is featured on Faith in Practice, a therapist podcast.

Dr. Armstrong is the former Associate Professor and Clinical Mental Health Department Chair at Montreat College. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a licensed clinical mental health counselor supervisor (LCMHC-S). Dr. Armstrong has written articles, book chapters, and in August published a Lifespan Development textbook.

Currently, she is the CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, A Therapist like Me, a group dedicated to connecting minority-identifying clients to minority-identifying therapists. The organization works to advance therapists of color, provides financial gifts to minority-identifying clients for psychotherapy, and strives to reduce societal stigma surrounding mental health.

Visit A Therapist Like Me, and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

Connect with Dr. Armstrong on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In This Podcast

  • Getting on the directory
  • Set up
  • Armstrong’s advice to Christian counselors

Getting on the directory

We are definitely looking for more therapists to join the directory. The more therapists we have, means more clients can get services and get support. (Dr. Noreal Armstrong)

It is currently free to be a directory member.

Joining the directory broadcasts the message and makes it easier for people to receive support from therapists with whom they feel comfortable.

Required information:

  • License type
  • Background information

On your profile, you can list your rates, your hours, and post information about yourself as a person and some of your stories.

Set up

Each therapist bio on the directory is laid out in a way that portrays their skills, training, and experience so that clients can easily see what each therapist’s specialty is.

When you get on that page, when you click on any of those individual squares, what you’re going to see are the therapists who either work with that population and have experience and maybe certification with that population, or they themselves identify as that population. (Dr. Noreal Armstrong)

The website can be navigated via both interests, experience, or identification by clients and therapists alike. This makes it easier for clients to find therapists who truly identify or have experience with the issue for which they are seeking assistance.

Dr. Armstrong’s advice to Christian counselors

Be authentic to bring a deeper dimension into the work that you do in people’s lives and into the solutions that you offer. Sincerity comes with authenticity, so be sure to bring that to the table. Create space for other values and accept them into the room.

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Meet Whitney Owens

Photo of Christian therapist Whitney Owens. Whitney helps other christian counselors grow faith based private practices!Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.

Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.

Visit her website and listen to her podcast here. Connect on Instagram or join the Faith in Practice Facebook group. Email her at whitney@practiceofthepractice.com

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