We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jamie, is there something you believe many others might not?
I feel that vulnerability is more often a strength than anything else.  We are in a time of craving authenticity, and seeking a real connection when creating, in relationships and growing a business.  Choosing to be vulnerable, allows people to see who you are and connect to your mission. One thing I feel this pandemic has given us is the opportunity to take the mask off, disrupt the system and connect back to what really matters in our own lives and  relationships. Real people creating and connecting.  In my work I practice transparency with my team, my clients and on all my platforms. Working in mental health we are often taught to be a “blank slate” and not bring ourselves into the room. To some that can feel cold and lonely. In contrast, my belief is the strongest therapeutic tool is the relationship between client and therapist, and the best way to build good rapport is through genuine connection.  In my personal life I choose to talk openly about my experiences with my own mental health by “recovering loudly so others dont struggle in silence.”  When we show up and are open it invites others to join us and be vulnerable as well.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing with neurodivergent teens. In 2019, I founded Equilibrium Counseling Services, a teen mental health center. We provide individual, family and group therapist with the goal of supporting and empowering people to become break generational cycles of trauma. We just received a grant from the city allowing us to offer Free Mindfulness Paint nights as a way to welcome the community in and de-stigmatize mental health. But what I am really excited to share is that I just finished writing a book!!! Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A practical guide to manage stress, ease anxiety and find calm. It is available now on Amazon for pre-order and the release date is March 22, 2022. This is a huge accomplishment and an additional goal of increasing accessibility to mental health resources.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The week would likely be filled with tracking down the list of food trucks I follow as well as the best taco spots! My favorite view of the city is at dusk at Griffith Observatory, being able to see to the ocean and then watching the city light up, is absolutely breath taking. LACMA is also a go too, as well as a number of art galleries in West Hollywood. Really its hard to pick there are so many hidden gems in every part of the city, it all depends on the the right vibe.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will always shout out the amazing women that keep me motivated! I was so fortunate to meet an incredible group of women years ago (like many years) while at UCLA. It has been essential for me to have a strong group of women as support and not competition. Coming from an abundance mindset there is enough for each of us to make it. I love cheering on their accomplishments and I am honored when they cheer for me.

Website: https://equilibriumcs.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neurodivergenttherapist/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT6FubczAj4gWMkqC8k1WKA

Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@neurodivergenttherapist?

Image Credits
Mindfulness Paint Night, (Planter painting) Guided by artist Talea Ross @Chaleuhh

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