"The Pathway" is the process you will take during your therapeutic journey.
Engage - The 15 minute consultation allows me to get to know what your hopes are for therapy, for you to ask questions, and for us to determine if we will be a good fit. If you are not sure whether or not you need coaching or therapy, this is the space where we can discuss this.
Examine - The first 2-3 sessions will involve an intake/assessment. We will go into a deep dive on what has brought you to therapy, symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as understanding who are you are holistically.
Envision - We will collaborate to create a treatment or coaching plan that best suits your goals.
Explore - This part of the pathway includes weekly or bi-weekly sessions (as determined during the envision phase) where you will get to know yourself on a deeper level, and participate in self-reflective activities. In this stage, you may also find yourself embracing new behaviors and new attitudes.
Evolve - Sessions will continue until you actualized what you have envisioned! Throughout the process, we will revisit what you have envisioned and make changes if/when necessary.
God and Therapy
You can love God AND go to therapy too. In fact, it's biblical. Have you been spiritually gaslighted about going to therapy? Have you been told that you should "Just pray about it?" or that mental health issues are "demonic?" Therapy is not rejection or a replacement of God's power. With the help of therapy you can experience God from a healthier perspective.
Read some more great insight about your faith and therapy here.
"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers." - Proverbs 11:14
PATH OF DISCOVERY COUNSELING
Reclaim your voice
Together we will take a holistic view of your life, and identify patterns that may contribute to . From there I guide you through unlearning what isn't healthy and learn a new way of being that feels authentic to you.
You may find yourself overextending yourself and dishonoring your needs trying to meet someone else's.
You may find it difficult to set boundaries or say no when you need to.
You may not be sure what you want or need in your life.
You may be uncomfortable with negative feelings.
You may feel drained or resentful by various obligations you are juggling.
You don't feel empowered in your close relationships, instead you feel resentful.
Booked & Busy
In our therapy sessions, we’ll work together to help you manage your life easier, improve positive thinking, create and implement healthy boundaries, and feel more confident about what you offer and bring to the table.
As a Black professional woman, you may find yourself having to put a "mask" on at work because you can't be the real you. Despite your success, you may struggle with imposter syndrome.
You may struggle with balancing, work, personal life, and pleasure, which makes it difficult to "shut your brain off" at the end of the day.
You like being in control and struggle with spontaneity.
You become irritable when someone disrupts your flow.
Strong Black Woman
Our sessions will be a place for you to "let it all hang out," and to be vulnerable in a non-judgmental space. You can process your thoughts and feelings while also working to improve your goals for your own personal growth.
The Strong Black Woman: The identity you are proud of, but also find yourself fighting against, because you need a break!
You may feel like you have to hold it all together and just need a moment to exhale!
Being strong can make it difficult for people to hold space for you to be vulnerable. You may even struggle with how to be vulnerable. You don't have to have it all together, sis.
Is there a difference between Coaching and Therapy?
YES. They are NOT the same! Coaching offers the opportunity to identify and explore your purpose, goals, and desires, while also working to change behaviors that may not best align with what you want out of your life. Coaching is not meant to be used as a replacement for therapy or treatment for any mental health diagnosis.
We offer a variety of Transformational Coaching Services
You may desire coaching for:
service based entrepreneurship
I also offer professional coaching for social workers
There is no residency requirement for coaching.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? I’m committed to giving my clients the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad or dumb question. Check out the answers to the common questions below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, if there is something else you'd like to ask.
CAN THERAPY FIX ME?
Therapy is a process that requires participation by both therapist and client. My role as the therapist is to help guide you through your journey, offer a different perspective, point out distorted thinking, and help you grow into the person you desire to be.
We ALL things we are struggling with. We ALL have experiences in our lives that have left us with many questions in an effort to figure out how to move forward. Instead of thinking that you need fixing, consider that you may have an issue (or issues) that needs help being solved.
DOES YOUR PRACTICE ONLY SEE BLACK WOMEN?
Path of Discovery's focus is primarily on Black women, and thus they are our primary demographic, however we will support clients, who do not identify as Black women as long as their needs fit with what our expertise offers. We hope our clients respect the mission and vision of Path of Discovery Counseling Services regardless of how they identify.
HOW LONG SHOULD I BE IN THERAPY?
There is no clear answer for this. Therapy can be used on a short term basis or long term basis. It depends on your needs and your progress toward treatment goals.
The same can be said for coaching. My coaching approach leans toward a long term relationship.
Enjoy the journey!
Looking for something more short term? Join the Sister Circle.
DO YOU SERVE CHILDREN AND TEENS?
At this time, our practice does not serve anyone under the age of 18.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes, Fatima has partnered with Alma to contract with the following insurances (Aetna , Cigna, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (as well as BlueCard Network) and UnitedHealthcare, Oscar, and Oxford. Ashley and Brianna do not accept insurance at this time. Please know that health insurance companies require you to be diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis, so that they can justify paying for your services. Not everyone who seeks therapy qualifies for a mental health diagnosis.
To have complete control over the therapeutic journey, sometimes clients prefer self pay for increased levels of confidentiality.
If you are not sure what route to take, we can discuss this at your consultation.
We also accept Loveland vouchers.