Three years ago this summer, Embolden Psychology went from a dream to fruition. We emerged at the beginning of a mental health pandemic, of an enormity never seen before in my profession. In the summer of 2020, the US Census Bureau wrote that the levels of clinical depression in the United States had never been recorded as any higher since they began record keeping. Anxiety disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and domestic discord were close partners.
After being the clinical director for almost 18 years for a DC and MD-based mental health practice headed by my mentor, Dr. Neil Schiff, I worked as a contractor all over Washington DC before deciding to pursue opportunities that were not available under any one roof. Neil helped me develop a model that emphasized inclusion, flexibility, and diversity as essential in providing psychological services.
Throughout the pandemic, which is far from over, Embolden provided low fee and Pro Bono support for front line medical and emergency providers, the service industry which was devastated, and individuals nationally experiencing￼ severe financial hardship and family problems.
Our motto is Mental Health Is For All
This requires a tricky combination, constantly being fine tuned:
Community mental health, volunteer services, crisis management, neuropsychological assessment, psycho educational work (teaching and consultation), writing about mental health in a way that’s accessible to as many people as possible, cultural competency and training, individual and family-based therapy services, and some very enjoyable creative opportunities that I’ve had a chance to collaborate on, including film, graphic novels, podcasts, and meditation classes. Lots more to come. Stay tuned. ❤️