From Lennie…

Hi there! 👋

I’m jumping in to write this week’s Mondays with Motivo, as Rachel has been on a well-deserved vacation this past week.

My name is Lennie Carter and I joined the Motivo team in January. My role is to help mental health agencies and organizations onboard to Motivo. I have the pleasure of helping these agencies select one or more of our incredible Motivo supervisors. 

So far, I’m loving it!  

Over the past month, I’ve been asked a few times about why I decided to join a mental health tech company.

This past weekend gave me a chance to reflect on my journey – and I’d love to share a bit about my story and what led me to Motivo.

A few weeks ago, on February 17th, my mother would have celebrated her 66th birthday. Unfortunately, she passed away on May 16, 2008. This was the day that helped me understand the true definition of a transition. I was faced with my biggest transition ever; living without my mother for the rest of my life.

Through this monumental loss, I learned that grieving is the process of understanding your transition. After going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance, I learned that grief is not the only human emotion that goes through these five stages. Rather, these stages often play a part in every major life transition.

Another important thing I learned through the process of my own grief is that there are particular barriers that people of color face when accessing therapy – things such as stigma related to seeking mental health care as well as a shortage of diverse providers in underserved areas.

I was inspired to take action – I created a business, TruCircle, to ensure that people from underserved neighborhoods could connect with a diverse population of mental health professionals. TruCircle has connected thousands of people to clinicians over the past five years. During this journey, I saw the gap close for access to care exponentially.

So, when asked why I joined Motivo I now share that I’ve found a new problem to solve. As you likely know, more people accessing therapy is causing a waiting list amongst the therapy community. This New York Times article highlights the challenges people face when seeking care. It is clear that there is a dire need for more licensed mental health providers – and Motivo solves this problem on a daily basis. The article states:

“While companies that provide online counseling or psychiatric services like MDLive, Talkspace and BetterHelp have helped to improve access for some, mental health experts have said that these outlets cannot alone address the chronic inequities and provider shortages that were already plaguing the country.”

I’m excited to, once again, be part of a solution that increases access to care, and I’m thankful to join a team of empaths who “think like therapists” every day.

I am eager to assist agencies, organizations, and group practices with their clinical supervision needs to ensure that more people have the opportunity to receive the services they so desperately need.

If I can be of any help to your organization or practice, please reach out to me anytime at lcarter@wearemotivo.com.

I look forward to meeting you!

Lennie

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