We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Jasmine Reed and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Jasmine, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Investing in myself has been the most crucial decision that contributed to my success. In the past, I found myself creating for others with minimal reward. The improvement that I had to do for myself has made it easy to learn to love, listen, and build. I can genuinely say that investing in myself has made me understand the true meaning of happiness regardless of the difficulties that may arise.

What should our readers know about your business?
The most important factor and proudest part of my brand are serving the African diaspora. The brand specialized in providing a safe space for those who are ignored. I genuinely believe in the concept of investing in communities of color. I wanted to build a brand that serviced the many women who wished for a clinician who looked like them. That same brand would cater to me as an African American woman. My goal was to bring “humanity” & “community” to a group private practice. It was equally important to provide employment and mentorship to clinicians who looked like me and experienced the adversities I had growing up in LA. Mental health wasn’t something I was familiar with growing up. However, my mission is to make sure that the next generation regards it as a routine service. The lessons I have learned along the way is recognizing that it is ok to say “No”. I’ve had to make some critical decisions that financially would have taking the business to the next level. However, these opportunities went against the morals and ethics of the company and, ultimately, what the brand was set out to do. It has not been easy, but I believe in the people, mission and community we serve.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say Leimert park village is my favorite place in the city. You can get some great Jamaican food at Ackee Bamboo Cafe & Adassa’s Cafe. It is one of my staples for food. I get food from there once a week. I would also tell them to stop at Eso Won Book Store to Grab a book to read if they are going to the beach or the local coffee shop, Harun Coffee. If you are looking for your nose to get pierce randomly, head by Sika’s. He has pierced most of the people in LA’s nose, including mine.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Breann Robinson.She is amazing at social media. She has been there since the beginning and has made a huge influence on helping me make the big leap. Her resources have been amazing to the business and myself.

Website: www.ubuntupsych.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ubuntupsych
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/drjasminereed
Facebook: www.facebook.com.com/ubuntupsych

Image Credits
Myron Rogan myronrogan.com

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