Name: Jennifer K. Fuller
Licensing Info: Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] in OK #4972, Certified Traumatologist
Where you live: Tulsa, OK
Amount of time working at Talkspace: two years
Time working as a therapist: seven years
Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
I love connecting with people and I was born a very empathetic person. The field of psychology and the human mind fascinate me. It always made sense to me to be working in this field.
But I like to think no matter what job I were to work in I would still be impacting other people’s lives. We all have something to offer one another. That can be done whether you are a therapist, a custodian, a musician, a stay at home mom, entrepreneur, anything.
Everybody is making a difference in others’ lives and the world, even when they don’t realize it. I try to be mindful of that.
Why did you start working with Talkspace?
I connected with Talkspace the day I saw the bubble in NY! I immediately fell in love with the team.
We were a pretty small group at the time. Our founders are all very passionate about making therapy more accessible and making mental health a topic we can talk openly about without stigma.
I knew we were doing something really important here that would change the world. The team here is really like family and I’m so thankful for them!
What is a Consultation Therapist at Talkspace? What do they do?
Consultation Therapists are here to introduce our clients to Talkspace and help them feel comfortable as we guide them through the intake process. We work to get them matched up with a therapist who will be the best fit for them as we gain a better understanding of their unique needs.
We answer questions about what they can expect with their therapist and the online platform itself. We talk with people of all ages and with experience ranging from none to extensive experience with therapy and/or online therapy, so we know everybody is going to come with different desires, questions and needs for therapy.
What do you value about being a Consultation Therapist?
I love being able to work with clients from all over the world who come to us with a wide array of needs, from mild to severe. There are many people who are unable to get the mental health treatment that they need because of their schedules, stigma, high costs of traditional therapy, their geographic location, etc. Because we have a large network of therapists, we are able to match clients with therapists who would be a really good fit for their needs.
Why is your work as a Consultation Therapist important?
It’s a honor to be here to make this happen for so many people. There are countless people who are unable to get the support they need until they find us. It’s also really amazing to talk with people who come from so many different backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures.
Some of them have felt uncomfortable to talk openly with mental health professionals in the past. We give them an accepting, respectful and open platform to be themselves and share about their life and struggles. It’s an awesome process to be the one to introduce these clients to what we can offer them here.
Can you think of a specific instance or moment in your work that was inspiring?
My clients inspire me everyday. They are doing the hard stuff. I know it can feel scary to be vulnerable. They are moving forward and through it, not away from it.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Know that we are all just humans living life together. You shouldn’t have to feel any shame or judgment or fear about reaching out for support when you need it.
I also think it is important to remember that there so many therapists out there with different approaches, training, areas of specializations and personalities. It’s always OK to ask questions and get information so you can find a therapist who will be a good fit for you.
It’s also good to remember that change and progress take time, so appreciate and celebrate each tiny little step forward and don’t push yourself too much. Life is a journey and there will never be a moment where any of us wake up and know we definitely have everything together. You should always meet yourself where you are at.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy time with the people that I love, live music, travelling, being in the sun. I try to live life remembering that every day is a new day and also that it could always be anybody’s last.
Jennifer K. Fuller works with individuals in her private practice in Tulsa, OK and online with Talkspace.