Name: Kendra Simpson
Licensing Info: Licensed Clinical Social Worker [LCSW], Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor [LISAC] Where you live: Arizona
Amount of time working at Talkspace: almost two years
Time working as a Therapist: 15 years
Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
I’ve known I wanted to be a therapist since middle school. I began working in this field because I felt an innate drive to help others and had a huge curiosity toward the human mind and human behavior.
Over time, however, I have begun to realize this work grants me knowledge beyond what I imagined. Most recently I am reminded that despite all the negativity we are exposed to in this world, I get to interact with positive, hopeful, brave and courageous people each and every day!
What made you start working at Talkspace?
When my twins were born, I began working at a local college, teaching online. I was able to stay home and care for them while continuing to do the work I love.
When the twins were six, I found Talkspace and it was the perfect fit for me! I love that their mission is to give affordable, convenient care to everyone while reducing the stigma that often comes with seeking help.
What has made you feel the most pride in your work at Talkspace?
Last April I had the privilege of attending Talkspace’s first annual conference in NYC. I was able to meet many of the amazing people behind this great company.
Some of these special people included the co-founders, Oren and Roni Frank. I was able to see their genuine passion and obligation to help others. I knew then it was the right fit for me!
Do you have any special credentials, specializations or modalities you use as a therapist? How do they complement your work as a whole?
I tend to utilize person-centered and cognitive behavioral techniques as my main treatment modalities. The mind/body connection is also something I feel strongly about so, holistic principles are often a big part of my practice. When someone is doing everything they can to connect the mind and body, I often see the work we do come together with less of a struggle than when they are off balance.
This began for me when I used to work with children and families in poverty. It’s hard to behave or do well in school when you are hungry, tired, have a poor diet or are getting little physical activity.
Why is what you do important?
I think everyone can benefit from talking to someone outside of their family and social circle. Giving someone a safe, nonjudgemental space to share is so important!
Getting support from a therapist is a sign of strength, courage and bravery. I think it’s necessary to get this message out. We all could use someone to talk to at some point in our lives.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to speak up. Tell us what you’re looking for and what works or what doesn’t.
Although it’s often difficult, be honest with yourself. This will help you open up with your therapist when you’re ready and this is when real improvements can happen.
What would you say to someone considering using Talkspace?
Give it a try! You can write, talk or take a video whenever/wherever is most comfortable and convenient for you. Communicate what you like or don’t like.
If it doesn’t feel like a good fit, don’t give up. Try again. Once you find the right fit, you won’t be sorry.
What do you do for fun?
Volunteering at the local pet shelter is my favorite thing to do with my family. Also, being active with them or by myself is fun and necessary!
Who is your mental health hero?
Oh, that’s easy. Brene Brown.
“Here’s what I think integrity is: it’s choosing courage over comfort, choosing what’s right over what’s fun, fast and easy, and practicing your values” – Brene Brown