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

Hi Leticia, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
One of the most important things I’ve learned when starting my own business and throughout my career was the importance of reframing my “failures” and viewing them as nuggets of wisdom and stepping stones to greater opportunities. Reframing my missteps and mistakes, have transformed my thought processes which have helped me to understand, appreciate and value my stumbling blocks. My journey and process towards my goals have taught me so much about myself and therefore I’ve learned to refrain from condemning my mistakes. I believe one can’t acquire true wisdom without making mistakes during the journey. Mistakes are inevitable and doesn’t necessarily disqualify us. In fact, I believe our mistakes cause us to become more qualified as mentors and coaches, to pave a smoother road for those coming after us.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker,/Mental Health/Wellness Coach, Author and so much more as I’ve been affording with so many wonderful opportunities in my profession. My natural ability to build rapport with individuals with traumatic histories, has set me apart from many others as evidenced by the individual reports I receive. This is not to disrespect the many other wonderful and dedicated clinicians who sacrifice by servicing many individuals in dire need for mental health treatment as there isn’t a one size fit all when connecting with clients. Like any other industry, there isn’t always a good fit initially, and that’s perfectly fine.

Currently, the  mental health field is experiencing shortages of Black Mental Health professionals as more Black individuals are searching more than ever for therapists as the stigma is gradually dissipating (we still a quite a way to go). The fact that more Black individuals are seeking mental health services, is a victory and it’s quite exciting. However, as aforementioned there is a need for more Black therapists entering the field to normalize seeking mental health services in the same fashion individuals one would seek medical services to address physical conditions. I will continue to work diligently to educate and mentor new professionals entering the field as a clinical supervisor and educator in addition to educating non Black colleagues to work effectively with Black clients on a micro level and enact policy changes to eradicate systematic oppression and microaggressions  on a macro level. Being born and raised in South Central Los Angeles has made me both emotionally tough and socially aware of the social ills and voids many in affluent circumstances are oblivious to. I wouldn’t trade my humble beginnings for anything in the world as I’m inherently equipped with experiences which have shaped me to view things with empathy and compassion to help the “least of these”, become better versions of themselves. In my spare time, I love to travel all over the world, adding to my published books as an author and creating content for my podcast Leticia’s Virtual Couch (available on several streaming platforms).

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 most definitely have them pay a visit to the Watts Towers, Central Ave (the former Jazz hub) Leimert Park and the Crenshaw District.

There is so much rich culture in these community gems. I also would advise my field them to visit Olvera Street, Downtown LA, The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mid Wilshire and Larchmont Area, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Inglewood, LA Live, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Malibu, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach Area. I would also take my friend to eat Fat Burger, El Cholos, Superfish Fish Market on Crenshaw, The Coffee Company, Truxton’s, Mom’s BBQ on Vermont and Imperial Ave. Whiskey Red’s and many more (too many to name). I would also like to get a good workout in at the Culver City Stairs to offset all of the good eating!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Cynthia G. Langley is my former clinical supervisor who I had the pleasure of meeting as a budding clinician. Early in my career when I presented as more rebellious in nature due to my immaturity and naivete, she nurtured and educated me with patience and love. She taught me so much about maintaining my integrity above the fanfare and financial gain as I journeyed along in my career. One of the greatest gems I’ve learned from her is learning how meekness is truly strength under control. The real strength is in containing the fire and not always having to respond to negativity. However, there are times when we have to as my field requires us to perform as change agents to make environments better for those coming after us. She reminded me that integrity and a good reputation will help me to remain in positions that my credentials easily ushered me into. It’s easy to get there, the real strength and skill is in remaining there.

Website: www.LeticiaReedLCSW.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Leticia_ReedLCSW

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReedBehavioralSolutions

Other: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B07GNR8SM5&i=digital-text&_encoding=UTF8&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
TeeSpring: https://teespring.com/stores/reed-diculously-chic
Leticia’s Virtual Couch Podcast: https://anchor.fm/leticia173

Image Credits
All Photos are owned by me

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