We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Boyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is AUTHENTICITY! I noticed that as I sauntered through other spaces within the therapy field, there was a lot of code-switching that I had to do in order to protect myself and to appear professional based on other people’s standards. I realized that I am the most authentic version of myself when I am present with my clients, where there is safety and permission to be vulnerable. While venturing into private practice, I have appreciated the ability to be the most fully realized version of myself and successfully support clients to heal through their own version of authenticity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have an online private practice that I started in August 2019, but I have been in the mental health field for several years. I have worked in different facets of mental health and decided that after exploring, I love to work one on one with folx, and I specifically wanted to provide therapy for folx of color. Therapy and mental health are still taboo topics. I desire to dispel the fear, provide a safe space, and challenge the desire to internalize the challenging experiences that folx have faced.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love going to the hills to watch the sunset, the dawning of the day is my favorite time.
I love anywhere near a beach!
I love all food, specifically soul food so that’s definitely where we are heading! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a beautiful question! I’d love to dedicate my success to my family, friends/chosen fam, and mentors! Through trials and tribulations, through self-doubt and criticism, and feeling ungrounded, the folx in my life have reminded me of my accomplishments and have validated them when I have struggled to do it for myself. The folx in my life are human so there are conflicts but I am very grateful to be able to be human too: flawed, scared/fearful, and imperfect, and they remind me that I am still worth it!
To my mentors: I appreciate the support that I have gotten and for seeing something within me that I did not see within myself. For reminding this young, Black, queer, femme-identified person from Oakland that she can look further than the bubble that she was in and use the passion within.
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