Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Princess Souvenir.
Hi Dr. Souvenir, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Wow, well I guess I’ll start here. My Daddie (I always refer to him that way), was a DJ. So, music is probably one of the most significant parts of my life; it is so healing. I remember thinking I wanted to be a music doctor so I could heal people. Lol. My Daddie would mix music on his turntables before the sun got up and would meet the sun the next day. We used to lay on the vents and feel the heat skipping to the beat of the reggae blasting from our basement. So, it was only natural that I ended up playing multiple instruments, being in radio, and eventually theatre, but something was missing. I knew I wanted to work directly with people, and along the way, I gathered a few more degrees and found my way to therapy. It gave me the same feeling of laying on the music-filled vents as when I was growing up.
October of 2019, my Daddie became an ancestor. I was a therapist working at a practice and in a doctoral program at the time. In January 2020, we had a private practice workshop and I remember saying, “man, this is great information, but I would never do that”. About three weeks later, my hubs and I were at a Starbucks doing work. He mentioned to me that I should start my own practice, and I vehemently disagreed. I mean, really, who wants to do all that work?! I sat there, pondering for a while, confused, the imposture syndrome began to settle in, and I remember shutting those thoughts down and began searching how to apply for an LLC.
I pulled up the site and then looked at him. I asked him what would I even name a practice if I had one? We threw some ideas around and then Turntable Counseling dropped in my spirit. We both knew immediately that was the one. My Daddie used to say that there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do with a turntable. My fear-filled heart smiled, and I clicked submit. That was February 16. Three days later, Turntable Counseling was official.
A week later, I couldn’t sleep and began looking at office space. I found a building not far from the practice I was still employed with. I went to see it, and a week later, I signed a lease. March 11th, I received my keys and submitted my resignation. March 21, I had my first client in the office. Three days later, COVID shut down the state. I wasn’t in-network with any insurances. I had babies at home to take care of, I had no idea what I was doing, but what I did know was that my passion for turning the tables in people’s lives led me to this place. So, I pushed forth.
A year and a half later, Turntable Counseling has nine clinicians, all women, mostly BIPOC, and no day goes by that I am not grateful that I get to use music and the arts to help people heal. Somehow, that little girl laying on the vent while her Daddie played music is standing here today as a doctor who helps other people heal.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Hell no! I had no idea what I was doing. Insurance is challenging. I had to figure it all out on my own. No one I knew had done this, so seeking counsel came from Facebook groups and kind strangers answering questions. I cried, A LOT. More than all of this, battling imposture syndrome was probably the biggest challenge. I often didn’t feel qualified to be in this place. I had great friends and family along the way, reminding me who I was and how hard I worked, but often, this all seemed so surreal.
What do you do, what do you specialize in?
We are a clinical mental health group practice with amazing women who specialize in various areas, including, but not limited to: mental peace, women’s issues, sexuality, spirituality, racial identity, trauma and PTSD, family, marriage and couples, and of course the depression and anxiety that comes with these aforementioned life themes.
What are you known for?
We are known for having amazing service, a high level of clinical expertise, being down-to-earth and relatable clinicians who will walk with you through your journey.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of our diverse group of clinicians of various ethnicities, styles, treatment approaches, specialties, training, taste in music, you name it! These women are super dope, and I could not have been more proud of the team I have crafted.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Music. Open Love. Justice. Triumph. Good food. Laughter. Sisterhood. Excellence. Community. Just to name a few…
- We accept CareFirst, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, and John’s Hopkins EHP, to name a few.
- For private pay, the fee is $200 for an initial intake and $180 for all subsequent individual psychotherapy sessions.
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