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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Tiffany Young, PhD, LPC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Tiffany Young, PhD, LPC.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey into the counseling field began with my own battles with depression and anxiety stemming from childhood trauma. I was sexually molested at a young age and dealt with the loss of my high school sweetheart. As a teen and throughout my college years I struggled with what to do with these emotions and turned, like many others who struggle with difficult emotions, to negative coping skills, alcohol, and at my lowest wanted to take my own life.

I am a graduate of The University of North Texas where an entry level psychology class led me on the path to becoming a counselor. I learned so much about my own emotions and thought processes in that class and wanted to help others struggling. I got my Masters at Texas Woman’s University and ended my academic career at Texas A&M University Commerce where I obtained my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

I’ve worked in all arenas of mental health including; juvenile justice, inpatient psych, private practice, domestic violence, and schools. I started Trinity Gives Hope Mental Health Consulting Agency because I saw a need, predominantly in minority communities, for education on mental health and mental illness and guidance on accessing the mental health system. My passion is to help families, schools, businesses, and communities bring mental health to the forefront and equip them with the tools to get the right help at the right time.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was definitely not an easy road. I wanted to give up several times. I think the most difficult thing I experienced throughout my journey was finding the right support. I often felt that I had no one to turn to and was looked at as the “strong one”.

Advice I would give to other women and young girls is no matter what journey you are on to be true to yourself and never give up. Overcoming obstacles will never be easy but without the obstacles I faced and still face I wouldn’t be the woman or the counselor I am today or have the stories to empower as many as I have.

What should we know about Trinity Gives Hope Mental Health Consulting Agency? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Trinity Gives Hope is a Mental Health Consulting Agency that partners with minority communities to bring education, awareness to the subject of mental illness and help those struggling with emotional difficulties and mental illness get connected to the right professionals. I also work with a small number of individual as a licensed clinician and specialize in helping people dig up the root of what’s holding them back to push them forward to their greatest potential. People call me the Mindset Reset Guru. I believe that when you can acknowledge how your mindset is affecting your outcomes, you can evaluate how you got there, take ownership of your part, and plan for a better future with a renewed mindset.

What’s cool about Trinity Gives Hope is that we are able to use our trusted network of providers to ensure that our clients seeking referrals are getting connected to only the best. We understand the difficulties of navigating the mental health system and truly strive to ensure quality services and provide practical tools and education.

I am so proud to have recently written a children’s book, Amaiya & Friends See a Counselor, the first book of its kind taking children inside a counseling session and featuring minority children as the stars of the story. I have also partnered with a national mental health initiative called The What Why Program to author a curriculum to improve mental health in schools.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
The most important piece of advice I would give a young woman is know who you are as a woman, what your triggers are, what your passion is, who is in your corner, and what your values are. It’s so easy to get caught up in the noise of this world and you can get lost trying to find yourself if you don’t have a good grasp on who you are.

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