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

Hi Joy, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first got in my profession I hit the ground running and quickly learned that I needed to find a balance in order to foster longevity in my career. Finding that balance became not just something that would be helpful but would be imperative to my mental health and my ability to give my best over time without running the risk of burning out. I began to think of balance as more of a necessity than a luxury and it required a certain discipline to consistently implement it

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working as a therapist in private practice and program director in community mental health. I’m passionate about providing quality mental health services for my community and disseminating education that could help normalize issues we experience in mental health. I’m also passionate about helping fellow mental health practitioners be mindful of self-preservation and self-care so that they can avoid burn out. I started an organization called “A Day Off” that brings Black (woman) Mental health practitioners together to foster community and encourage self-care. I’m proud of the community that has grown from this platform and the impact it has had on being able to share our experiences working in mental health and lean on each other for support in difficult times. Building this platform has come with a host of challenges but remembering my “why” has helped me stay grounded and overcome them so that I can continue holding space for people who need it the most. Being able to hear and share in these experiences of burnout that can come from the work we do, is a constant reminder to why it’s important for me to prioritize rest, community and self-care

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 would go to all of my favorite black owned restaurants for lunch and dinner like Simply Wholesome, Bayou Grille, My 2 cents LA, Awash, Stuff I Eat. For breakfast I’d go to The Serving Spoon or The Nest. For coffee I’d go to Bloom & Plume, Sip & Sonder, Harun Coffee Hot and Cool Cafe or Hiltop. Support Black Business!!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to friends and family who have supported my business in any capacity and those who have invested in themselves by coming to my events.

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Image Credits
Mikeisha Tresevant, 33:15 Photography

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