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Meet Portia S. Rouse of Minds Over Matter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Portia S. Rouse.

Portia S., we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I go by SOULcial Worker because I do everything my soul to help others heal theirs. I started Minds Over Matter LLC about two years ago because I was a Rehabilitation Specialist who wanted to also do therapy. I then continued working with Minds Over Matter with a focus on mental health awareness and the importance of self-care. Self-care is not selfish in a negative way but necessary to survive. As of June 2021, I am now full-time with Minds Over Matter LLC where I provide supervision to licensed masters level social workers in Maryland, individual and group therapy as well as coaching. I started Vision Board Series several years ago prior to starting Minds Over Matter. The goal for Vision Board Series is to provide a platform for people to put their dreams into action. We have hosted vision board workshops, speaker series, sip and shops and more. All of our events feature someone who has launched their brand or business for the first time. We provide the atmosphere and support whether that’s through coaching, advertising or collaboration.

I have wanted to be social worker since seeing the movie Losing Isaiah. The social workers were depicted as people who didn’t truly care and I wanted to be sure I could play a role in not allowing Black children to be left behind. My Bachelors and my Masters are both in social work. I have always wanted to and currently work with children and adolescents who were considered “at risk”. This population is my passion because there is always story behind how someone became who they were. It’s our job to listen and guide them.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a therapist in Baltimore has not been a smooth road. Some of the struggles come from not taking work home, seeing various systems fail our children and being a young Black woman who wants to help the best way possible. These struggles come from the lack of support and care for families who are in need and a lack of support sometimes from the families themselves. Can you blame them for learning how to navigate the life they weren’t fully able to narrate? The last struggle of being a young Black woman wanting to create change comes from a narrative that everyone can’t win together when there’s more than enough room for all of us to win.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Minds Over Matter LLC?
I am a SOULcial Worker who does all things from my soul to help others heal theirs. I work consciously to provide support and awareness to Black Mental Health for all ages.

My priority population for therapy services has shifted from pre-teens and teens to young adults who want to find their way and themselves. I provide virtual therapy services, supervision, speaking engagements about self-esteem building, mental health, goal setting and teaching others to live in their truth (based on my healing journal). My other focus is to provide supervision to LMSWs and help them find their niche to social work THEIR way.

I am most proud of being able to social work my way and reach those who feel like they can’t be reached or understood. I want people to look at me and say “my therapist gets me even if she hasn’t experienced what I’ve gone through”. I am also proud of being able to integrate theories into world practices that sometimes include integrating my spirituality for those who are interested in spiritual health and wellness from a Christian standpoint. However, I am best at meeting people’s needs and that’s my superpower.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
One of my favorite childhood memories would be dressing up for Halloween as Cleopatra. It was a fun experience and I won the contest during that year.

Pricing:

  • $115 – Hourly therapy services
  • $75 – Hourly Supervision Services

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Names: Brandon Pierce, Subito Shots

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