We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosario S. Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosario S., we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a psychotherapist, my focus has been working in community mental health settings with families that depend on Medi-Cal to access mental health services. Initially, becoming a business owner and establishing a private practice was not a career goal I had envisioned. Then, COVID happened! For many people, COVID has brought on many situations that have caused grief and loss, depression, and anxiety about the ambiguity of the future. I quickly realized that there are hundreds, if not thousands of Angelinos without healthcare or plans that cover mental health services. My goal and passion is to give back to my community by making therapy accessible to everyone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My professional path started 11-years ago when after working as a receptionist in a community mental health center I decided to enroll at Phillips Graduate University to begin the Masters Program in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a student trainee, I began assessing and engaging in therapy with children Birth to Five. This is a specialty that has required extensive training, including certification in various Evidence-Based Practices such as: – Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Training & Coaching Certification – Managing and Adapting Practice: MAP Therapist – Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, Level 5 Enhanced and Pathways – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) – Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – Standard Child and Teen – 2010 My journey has not always been easy. I have been fortunate to have been mentored by some mega strong “mujeres” that have influenced my professional journey. Together with these super women, I have been able to overcome some of the challenges I had about entering a profession with people that didn’t look like me. It may seem strange, but I had so much anxiety about being a Latina in a predominantly White profession. It took many hours of mentoring to have the courage to see my worth and the richness my culture brings to the profession.
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?
If you love history, LA is the best place to visit. One of my favorite places is Heritage Square Museum located in Montecito Heights in Los Angeles. This Museum displays architecture found in Los Angeles from 1850-1950. After this visit, you can grab an ice blended Cafe Oaxaca at La Monarca Bakery on Figueroa and Avenue 59 in Highland Park. This area of LA is so rich in architecture that you can just walk around the block and sight-see all the beautiful homes and buildings in the neighborhood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This Shoutout is dedicated to my parents, Manuel & Rosario, without their struggle as a young immigrant couple, I would not be here telling my story. They have taught me the value of education, hard work, and the mantra, “querer es poder” (when there is a will, there is a way). It would be remiss to not mention my “moon and stars,” my husband, Patrick, and my children Achilles and Jax, who have had to share me with the world so that I could achieve all I have wanted in my profession.