LaToya Smith Podcast Takeover “Trauma Ninja” with Carynne Williams | PoP 514

LaToya Smith Podcast Takeover "Trauma Ninja" with Carynne Williams | PoP 514

How do you heal from the ongoing trauma that you experience daily? What meaningful impact can you make in your community that creates a ripple effect of healing? As a clinician or client, what can you do to be a part of meaningful change?

In this podcast episode takeover, LaToya Smith speaks with Carynne Williams about trauma and seeking out social justice.

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Meet Carynne Williams

Carynne Williams earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Over the course of her career, she has provided psychotherapy in a wide range of clinical settings including practice in federal and state agencies.

Most recently, she has worked for the Department of Justice as a Clinical Social Worker, providing treatment to dozens of patients over the course of the past several years. Carynne has a passion for helping others and has been able to do so with clients ranging from ages four to 80 years old. She has a distinct passion and proven talent in working with marriages and families, and does not believe in a one size fits all approach to treatment. Instead, she prefers a pragmatic approach that includes psychodynamic treatment, CBT, DBT skills, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, and psychoeducation. Belief in addressing the needs of the whole person- emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially is at the core of Carynne’s interactions with her clients. Her own faith and spiritual beliefs fuel her passion for people- their restoration and healing.

Visit her website, connect on Facebook.

In This Podcast


  • Who is a trauma ninja?
  • The work of a trauma ninja
  • Healing from racial trauma

Who is a trauma ninja?

Someone who will work towards finding the most extensive resources, the best coping and healing mechanisms, and the most helpful ways to teach about how to deal with trauma.

By treating one person and teaching them the skills needed to deal with trauma, you can help heal an entire community because this knowledge is passed on. This quiet but significant part can cause incredible ripple effects of healing throughout whole communities.

The work of a trauma ninja

Potential new clinicians sign a training agreement through Carynne’s Facebook group ‘Mend’ that states that if they receive training through Mend, they will give away trauma counseling services for free to people of color who could not otherwise afford it.

This would be a full treatment course spanning six months or so per person, therefore offering services to two people per year for five years, therefore, in the end, having helped 10 people free of charge.

Mend offers people of every color and opportunity to be part of the solution, whether as the clinician of color giving away free services or to be an ally who helps us meet our goal. (Carynne Williams)

Social justice belongs to everyone who seeks it out and wants to work with it.

Healing from racial trauma

Racial trauma can be ongoing, because you experience it within your societies and perhaps even families, therefore it is something you can experience daily. Empowering people to use their voice is a part of their healing.

There is direct trauma, that you experience yourself, and vicarious trauma of watching violence towards black bodies on the news every day.

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Meet LaToya Smith

LaToya Smith

LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. She encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcome.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website.

Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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