Community, Healing, and Mental Health with Lachelle Goodrich, LPC | GP 183

How can you bring positive change to your community? What are some of the ways to bring awareness to mental health? Can you be a source of healing?

In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about community, healing, and mental health with Lachelle Goodrich, LPC.

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Meet Lachelle Goodrich, LPC.

Being a woman who has overcome her own set of challenges, Lachelle holds a special place in her heart for empowering women to meet their maximum potential.

After finishing up her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University, her strong desire to see others succeed drove her to establish iLegacy Consulting and Counseling in 2015.​

Her goal and the goal of iLegacy is to empower and equip her clients with the tools and strategies needed to revive their light, manifest their dreams, and realize their worth. She’s well-rounded in assisting people to see themselves, shift their perspective, and motivate them to do better, to be better.

Visit iLegacy and connect on Facebook.

In This Podcast

  • Working close to home
  • Healing yourself and the community
  • Mental health awareness and support

Working close to home

Your community can be the people that you serve in your private practice, and it can also be the community that you operate out of – the one that perhaps inspired you.

Giving back to the direct community that you love and grew up in is a wonderful feeling, and for Lachelle, it was a source of inspiration that she brought with her into her private practice.

I’ve always had a love and passion for the city and the communities that I grew up in, [and] then also being able to impact, inform, and educate [the] brown and black people in those communities because we do understand the lack of services, the lack of exposure, and so forth.

Lachelle Goodrich

Lachelle saw the need in her community before she even became a therapist. Later, she then combined her love for the community and her love for helping people into one.

Healing yourself and the community

Every therapist knows that working on yourself creates a positive impact on those around you.

If someone is struggling with past trauma or emotional pain and they work through it, they can often share that newfound wisdom, peace, or clarity with others that are still going through the motions.

I wanted to be able to start a non-profit that could help us when trauma happens in our backyard … and [I was] making sure I was doing my part to remove the stigma of mental health services [in my community].

Lachelle Goodrich

Lachelle wanted to offer that space of healing to the community that she loved because she knew that there were people that would benefit from it but that they didn’t know how to approach the therapeutic space.

Additionally, when a community is more self-sustaining in terms of offering mental health support, it can empower them overall. Having outside help is great and necessary, but the community will know what the community needs.

I want communities to be really informed on how to respond to trauma because again it’s not going away. So, if we are informed then what that looks like is them having practical tools to recognize, respond, and reset.

Lachelle Goodrich

Mental health awareness and support

If you want to help your community and create a positive shift in mental health awareness, the first thing you have to do is some soul-searching on what your heart is compelled to do for your community.

Which part of the field are you really drawn to? Helping children, women, men, or marriages?

Figure out … where your heart is called to and build from there.

Lachelle Goodrich

What do you enjoy doing the most and to where is your heart called to help people? From that space, build your non-profit or your practice.

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Meet LaToya Smith

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LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcomes.

She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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