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31 therapists in District of Columbia accepting Optum

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Asha Henson, LICSW

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LICSW
13 years of experience
Virtual
Is it hard to show up authentically? Do you seek a safe space to explore and understand yourself holistically? Are you struggling to find a therapist you can connect with? Welp, you have come to the right place! Hey, I'm Asha! As a compassionate and empathetic Humanistic Therapist with a deep-rooted passion for helping individuals, I will embrace your inner potential as I support you on your journey to find purpose in your life. With a profound belief in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, I seamlessly integrate metaphysics and spirituality with evidence-based strategies, providing a holistic healing experience for my clients. Whether you are looking to dive into your shadow or simply have a space to vent, I'm here to help. Together we will explore, understand and transform your relationship with yourself so that you can begin living a life of unconditional self-love.

Erin Price

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LICSW
8 years of experience
Virtual
Hi, I'm Erin! The one thing I love about being a therapist is being able to help individuals break the cycles in their lives that cause them feelings of "being stuck." I utilize a mix of tools/ interventions from Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy that allow clients to explore unresolved issues, challenge their thoughts, and develop insight into barriers that can be blocking their growth. My main job as a therapist is to teach my clients how to regain control over their lives whether it's from anxiety, depression or stress; we will work together to come up with a therapeutic style that helps clients progress towards their goals.

Dr. Kendel M. Wylie-Pugh

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PsyD
25 years of experience
Virtual
Kendel M. Wylie-Pugh is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in the DC Metropolitan Area. Dr. Wylie-Pugh is currently in Private Practice. She has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, whom research has indicated, as being at an increased risk for the development of mental disorders. Her areas of specialty are conducting various psychological assessments; facilitating individual, group, and family therapy; providing supervision; crisis management; and teacher, psychiatric, and parent consultation. Dr. Wylie-Pugh has worked with school-aged children diagnosed with disorders such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Wylie-Pugh has also worked with adults diagnosed with severe mental health disorders in various forensic and psychiatric settings. Dr. Wylie-Pugh received her doctorate in psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and her Doctoral Internship from Howard University and The Child Guidance Clinic at DC Superior Court, her master’s degree from Virginia State University, and her undergraduate degree from Salisbury University. Dr. Wylie-Pugh previously worked for the DC Department of Mental Health at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), the Youth Rehabilitation Services Department (DRSD), and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in VA. Dr. Wylie-Pugh also supervises clinician's and student trainees.

Dr. Priscilla Wright, Ph.D.LPC

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Dr. Priscilla Wright, Ph.D.LPC profile image
LPC
Virtual
👋 I'm Priscilla Wright and I'm thrilled that you're considering working with me on your journey toward improved mental health and well-being. Let me give you a snapshot of what I bring to the table, so you can decide if we might be a good fit. 🎓 First off, I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology . I'm also licensed in multiple states Over the years, I've worked in various roles, from Clinical Supervisor to Human Services Coordinator, gathering an array of experiences that help me offer personalized and effective care. 🙏 For me, therapy isn't just a quick fix. It's about building a long-term relationship where you feel safe, heard, and empowered. I'm dedicated to working together to help you lead a more balanced and enriching life. 🌟 I continually strive for innovation and excellence. I've introduced programs like "Cuddle Sessions" with animals to help staff combat compassion fatigue, and my ongoing research interests include the fascinating impact of human-animal interactions on stress levels. These might seem unrelated, but it all adds to a more holistic approach to mental health. 📞 If you think we'd be a good fit, I would love to hear from you! Together, we can explore how to navigate the challenges you're facing and work towards a more balanced you. Looking forward to the possibility of working together!

Latonya R. Moore

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LICSW
20 years of experience
Solution oriented
Warm
Humorous
Virtual
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile! I am Latonya Moore. Are you feeling "stressed out", anxious and/or depressed? Are you having difficulty in your relationships? Would you like to learn coping skills to manage your life more effectively? I am an experienced therapist and I am licensed in Washington, DC and in the states of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. I am excited that you have decided to focus on improving your health and wellness. Be mindful that the change you are seeking requires commitment and a willingness to participate in a supportive, collaborative process.

Jennifer Shotlander, LCSW, LCSW-C , LICSW, CEAP

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Jennifer Shotlander, LCSW, LCSW-C , LICSW, CEAP profile image
LICSW
20 years of experience
Virtual
I have 20 years of experience counseling a diverse array of adult clients. In my office, each person is treated as the unique individual they are without judgment or comparison. I start by listening to understand your story, your strengths, your needs, and your goals. I will work with you to identify techniques and strategies to cope with depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, parenting concerns, substance abuse recovery, difficulty setting boundaries, low self-esteem, caregiving stress, grief, work-life balance stress, and other life challenges. We will work together to build a toolbox of healthy coping strategies and skills that will lead you to reach your goals.

Rebekah Philippart

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LICSW
20 years of experience
Authentic
Warm
Humorous
Virtual
Hi there and welcome! My name is Rebekah. I am a clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience in the field. I am honored to participate in the lives of so many interesting people and feel fortunate to have such fulfilling work. Much of my therapy practice involves clients with a history of traumatic experiences; this can include isolated experiences (assaults, accidents, natural disasters) or more ongoing issues (childhood abuse/neglect, domestic violence). Other times I am meeting with folks who have experienced losses or life changes; this may include things like deaths, loss of identity, relationship changes, new parenthood, etc.. In addition to providing talk therapy, I am also a university professor, provide supervision to new practitioners, and occasionally serve as an expert witness in child maltreatment matters. The rest of my life is comprised of friends, family and community. I enjoy spending time with my 5-year-old son as well as our extended family. I am a dog lover; our sweet pup is 16-years-old and a joy to have around. (You may occasionally hear her tapping around my office during our sessions.) In my spare time you might find me socializing with friends, spending time in nature (despite being a city dweller), being a tourist in my hometown (there's a LOT to do in Chicago!), or getting "crafty."

Tania Arostegui, LCSW-C

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LICSW
10 years of experience
Virtual
Have you hit a bump on the road of your life and feel that you are either emotionally paralyzed or moving in slow-motion? Are you feeling overwhelmed and is your mind constantly racing? Do you miss feeling like your old self? As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) I am passionate about helping individuals overcome anxiety, depression and other feelings that might be posing a burden on you. Issues such as life transitions/adjustments, toxic family relationships, loss and trauma can leave you feeling hopeless and stuck in life. By using a variety of treatment modalities such as: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy I want to support you to get to the root of your struggles. Using a strength-based approach I will work to help you understand what aspects of your past have shaped your present behavioral and thinking patterns until you have a broader and deeper understanding of yourself and start finding solutions to feel better. You are the expert of your needs and wants but I am here to provide you with warm support and clinical expertise as you go through this process. I provide psychotherapy in English and Spanish. I congratulate you for taking the first step in your journey towards healing!

Yasir Ahmed

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LPC
8 years of experience
Authentic
Intelligent
Virtual
Hello, I am a licensed therapist with more than 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. My niche interest is in the area of couples and families. I also work with teenagers, adults and clients who seek help with depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship concerns. I also have experience working with those in crisis and those looking for support in tough times. I am a male therapist of Asian Indian background and work with clients from various backgrounds. My style of therapy is centered around your preferences and can be tailored to meet your needs. I work with you so that you can set the agenda and goals and pace of therapy.

Sasha Varner

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LMFT
9 years of experience
Virtual
Sasha empowers individuals to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships and themselves. Research shows that unhealthy relationships can cause both emotional and physical stress, whereas healthy relationships can enhance and improve overall well-being. Sometimes therapy can be hard. It can bring up stressful emotions or deep thoughts that take some time to process, challenge who we are, or even upset us! Or sometimes we just get so caught up and busy in life that we forget that we deserve to make time for ourselves. Sasha is here for whatever you need. She hopes to hear from you soon!

Carolina Carbajal

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LPC
10 years of experience
Virtual
Hello! My name is Carolina, and I am a licensed professional counselor (bilingual/Spanish). My greatest passion is helping others live their best lives because no matter who you are or where you come from, you deserve to live the life you CHOOSE! As a clinician, I help my clients gain the insight, skills, and tools to overcome life challenges and move toward healing and wellness. I started my counseling journey about ten years ago, providing psychoeducation and counseling to children and teens. I worked with families, couples, and individuals. Most of my clinical training has been in autism, multi-systemic therapy, and trauma, working primarily with the Latino population or black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). In addition, I have extensive experience working with victims of crime and sexual assault and survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, adjustment disorder/transitions, grief/loss, postpartum depression/anxiety, and loss through miscarriage. I recently began my journey as a doctoral student in counseling this past summer. I hope to continue growing my practice and making a positive impact in the lives of others. I am also certified in success and life coaching and love incorporating those skills into my work in therapy. I genuinely believe in the power of the mind and how important it is to care for ourselves and our mental health. I love being with family, reading, watching movies, and relaxing with my pets in my free time. I am a mother, wife, sister, and friend, and I'm so grateful for the people in my life and the opportunity to be part of others' stories and their path to healing. Please reach out if you are ready to take this step in your life. I am looking forward to working together.

Shaquila Glass LCSW, LICSW

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LICSW
11 years of experience
Virtual
Often, we emphasize the joy that pregnancy and motherhood bring, but what if you feel the opposite? Are you struggling in your perinatal or postpartum journey? Hi there, I’m Shaquila. I am an LCSW specializing in life transitions, anxiety, women’s issues, and maternal mental health. I empower women of all backgrounds to overcome their past trauma to become the healthiest versions of themselves. I use a mix of conversation, mindfulness techniques, and spiritual practices to help you discover your strengths. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling life and to take the first steps toward change. I am here to support you on that journey.

Stephen Pleasant

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LICSW
23 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, my name is Stephen Pleasant, and I'm a psychotherapist for men. Why therapy for men? Well, because sometimes a man just needs a pork shoulder to cry on. That being said, I will also work with women as well. It’s a recognized human tendency for men to get “stuck” in their lives and to end up “settling” for the status quo when deep down they know they are capable of a great deal more. Here’s the truth; You are never “stuck” with your present circumstances. The Game of Life is a psychological and spiritual journey and winning at this game requires you to change your play and learn to think differently and do things in a new way. I help men break out from being “stuck” in life, resigned to producing results that are disappointing to them and others. My goal is to see transformative progress in men’s confidence, clarity, and self-expression, so that they may gain the fuller personal and work life they thought was beyond them.

Mary Mandell, LCSW

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LICSW
17 years of experience
Warm
Open-minded
Authentic
Virtual
Hello and welcome, My name is Mary and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. I’m dedicated to assisting in your journey to find support and encouragement to process life’s challenges. I commend you for your willingness to seek available resources and welcome the opportunity to work together. During my social work career, I've had the pleasure of being involved with individuals (and their families) who have experienced life-changing events. These experiences have helped me realize that we all can grow, expand our resilience and obtain our goals. With the guidance of a trained therapist, this process may be a bit smoother.

Shae Travis

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LPC
4 years of experience
Solution oriented
Warm
Direct
Virtual
I spent many years as an educator in public schools and as a counselor. Now I have the privilege to devote my full time to mental health counseling. My focus is to help families and individuals navigate through life's challenges. I'd love to be your counselor - whether you would like to do pre-marital/couples counseling, to consciously uncouple/improve co-parenting dynamic, or focus on self-work.

Dr. Brandi Walker

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PhD
9 years of experience
Virtual
I prefer being called Brandi, rather than formal titles like Dr. Walker. I'm the CEO of Marie Pauline Consulting, LLC, my private practice that I recently started. My company provides educational, clinical, and psychological guidance and expertise to organizations and individuals seeking to improve their social climate, employee and customer relations, and/or enhance their diversity and equity awareness. Besides teaching, consulting/coaching and mentoring, I have a solid foundation in individual and group therapy and treatment interventions. I spent several years providing effective therapy to children, adults, and families, who had a variety of presenting concerns and diagnoses. I specialize in treating trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep challenges, ADHD, and situational distress--as all the above, impacts the individual and their family life. I attended Howard University and University of Maryland, College Park, for a Masters in Rehabiliative Counseling and a PhD in clinical psychology respectively. For several years, I've worked within the military as an active duty Army officer, providing therapy to Service members, their families, Veterans, and Retirees. I'm very knowledgeable about treatments and interventions that are based in evidenced and research. I also understand the personal, compassionate side of supporting my clients/patients through whatever challenges they're facing. Outside of clinical care, I conduct research on ADHD, sleep, and wellness initiatives. I've done a lot of work with the Army's Holistic Health and Fitness programs and concerted efforts at lowering stigma. I also volunteer within the community via The National Resource Center for ADHD (CHADD), by assisting parents and families understand their rights as they navigate a variety of challenges related to ADHD.

Leila Kandahari

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Leila Kandahari profile image
LICSW
8 years of experience
Empowering
Solution oriented
Open-minded
Virtual
My name is Leila Kandahari, and I have ten years of experience providing mental health services for individuals seeking independence, quality of life, and social justice who are also diagnosed with a mental health condition or/and substance use disorder. I count it as a privilege to be invited to walk with individuals as they navigate some of their most vulnerable moments and significant life events. As a therapist and social worker, I have practiced in various public, private, and non-profit settings. When I start working with people, I meet them "where they are" to ensure they are moving with their pace.

Dr. Shannon D. Howard, PsyD, LCPC, LPC, CSOTP

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Dr. Shannon D. Howard, PsyD, LCPC, LPC, CSOTP profile image
LPC
21 years of experience
Direct
Authentic
Warm
Virtual
Dr. Shannon Howard is a highly sought-after professional counselor and CEO of SinClair McCoy, LLC. She serves as a sexual relationship specialist who focuses on assisting women and men with healing from childhood trauma surrounding sexual abuse. Her extensive educational background consists of dual degrees in both Counseling and Clinical Psychology with a focus on Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She also possesses specialized training in trauma relating to the treatment of sex offenders and survivors of sexual assault. She believes that every client is unique in their way and that each person’s story is different. This is the catalyst behind her coaching methodology. Using targeted strategies and personalized coaching approaches, she works with couples and individuals to help them transition from victim to victor. Dr. Howard helps clients face their past trauma by uncovering and resolving the root issue, assessing desired outcomes, and implementing a plan of action that leads them toward living a more optimal life experience. She is the author under the alias Sinclair McCoy of The Alternative book trilogy. She speaks nationally to the masses on a variety of topics including: Life After Sexual Abuse Finding Your Sexy After Sexual Abuse Regaining Your Body Trust And much more She is the owner of a private practice AND co-owner/ managing partner of a group practice in Maryland. She is a full-time psychotherapist, author & Dating/Relationship Coach: Services offered include individual & family counseling. She has been in the counseling field since 2002 and is passionate to serve a variety of clientele. Her thriving outpatient mental health practice serves clients located in the D. C. Metropolitan region and Southern Maryland. Currently, she conducts counseling sessions VIRTUAL ONLY. Whatever the area you are willing to target to gain a new perspective, heal or become empowered, she welcomes the opportunity to serve. I am LQBTQIA+allied, sex-positive, kink-friendly and nurturing to clients within this community. I also help clients navigate open relationships (ENM), polyamory, and non-traditional relationship arrangements. https://www.kapprofessionals.org/kap_directory/26449/dr-shannon-d-howard/ I Look forward to seeing you soon. Dr. Shannon D. Howard, PsyD, LCPC, LPC, CSOTP PLEASE NOTE: *I WILL CONDUCT ALL TELEMENTAL HEALTH SESSIONS VIA ZOOM. **I CAN ONLY SEE CLIENTS WHO ARE IN THE STATES OF DC AND MD AT THE TIME OF THEIR SCHEDULED SESSION, DURING THIS SUMMER SEASON, PLEASE BE MINDFUL IF YOU ARE IN ANOTHER STATE YOU WILL NEED TO SCHEDULE ONCE YOU ARE IN YOUR HOME STATE (DC OR MD). ***I AM NOT WORKING WITH COUPLES AT THIS TIME. **** I DO NOT OFFER COACHING SERVICES THROUGH GROW THERAPY IT IS NOT A MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE. *****ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE ON THE HALF HOUR (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, etc).

Jing Yuan

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LPC
8 years of experience
Virtual
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to care for your mental health! Although I don’t know what you are going through, I’m convinced that you are ready to take more control of your life. It will be my honor to work alongside you during this meaningful journey. My name is Jing Yuan. I’m a Licensed psychotherapist in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. I treat individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma and relationship problems. My approach to therapy includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Informed Interventions. I’m passionate about showing people how to achieve a fulfilling life starting from self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-empowerment.

Madi Gish

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LICSW
10 years of experience
Virtual
Welcome, my name is Madi and thank you for reading my profile! Taking the first step to begin therapy can be an intimidating process. My goal is to help support my clients through this process by creating an open, safe environment, while also empowering them on their therapeutic journey. Whether you are experiencing an unexpected life challenge or working through anxiety/depression, together we can build the tools you need to succeed. My passion is working with adolescents and young adults, including people with cognitive disabilities. However, I do love working with people of all ages and backgrounds. If you believe we would be a good team, I would love the opportunity to briefly meet over the phone or on a video call! All individuals from all backgrounds are welcome!

Tamitha Davis-Rama, LCSW-C, LICSW

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LICSW
30 years of experience
Warm
Holistic
Virtual
Hello Beautiful, Congratulations in taking this step in your therapeutic journey. My name is Tamitha and I am a Licensed Psychotherapist, Holistic Healer and the founder of Hello Beautiful Therapy. Do you feel pulled in a million and one different directions? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, or health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? If you answered yes to any of the questions, I am excited to connect with you. I help women and couples manage anxiety and avoid feeling defeated. I have a bachelor's degree in social work from Howard University; a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University; and a bachelor’s degree in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona. Having over 30 years of professional clinical experience and working with those managing conflict and trauma has equipped me to help you identify what is not working and get you to your state of balance. We will use a whole-person approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I integrate talking, mindfulness and getting aligned to how your body feels to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself. I love mixing body movement work and conversation to get to the root of your struggles. Whether you are dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I am here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary, but you are making the right choice and have taken the first step. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I will meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can face the challenges and habits that are holding you back. Let’s work together.

Bernard Mungin

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LICSW
18 years of experience
Virtual
I am a psychotherapist who works with a diverse population of people. My goal is to collaborate with individuals to assist them in achieving their therapy goal(S). My treatment modalities are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and Ericksonian hypnotherapy approaches. Although I used these modalities, I do not use a one size fits all approach. I am a think-out-of-the-box clinician that will often challenge clients to try approaches that may be out of their comfort zone. Some examples of my experience include working with individual clients on developing skills in coping with mental health conditions/diagnosis, life stress, finding balance, and improving self-esteem. Although I use these approaches, my clients tell me it feels like we are having a conversation as opposed to feeling like they are in a therapy session. I have a specialization in working with Veterans, LGBTQI, men, and people of color populations. However, I work with all people who are seeking mental health services. I am licensed in DC (LICSW), VA (LCSW), MD (LCSW-C), and PA (LCSW). I have BS in Human Ecology, BA in Humanities from The Ohio State University, MSW from San Jose State University and Post Masters fellowship in mental health from Stanford University.

Efraim Eshaghian

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LMFT
4 years of experience
Solution oriented
Intelligent
Empowering
Virtual
Hi, my name is Efraim Eshaghian. I have been in therapy myself, and I have come to realize what allows one to live the life he would like to live. We work on allowing the client recognize his/her own solutions and path to greatness. Together, we create the amazing experience of being empowered, which is so powerful. Self discovery and self awareness of one's strengths is the key to open a world that one never knew existed. We try to find that hidden key and access this unbelievable world which is filled with one's positive qualities which ultimately allows one to change around his/her life. The experience is unbelievable.

Alexis Mapes

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LPC
22 years of experience
Virtual
Hi there, I'm Alexis. Are you feeling stressed or burned out, anxious or depressed? If so, you are not alone. I'm here to listen & support. Togther, we can talk things through and help you set and reach goals. Therapy has been shown to increase self awareness, help you uncover your own personal desires, and even improve your overall physical health. I look foward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and become a more well balanced, healthy, and insightful version of yourself.

J Park

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LICSW
1 year of experience
Authentic
Warm
Virtual
What does it mean to be human? I like to think of myself as an introspective and critical thinker. How does this question get answered? One way that I have come to appreciate the conversation is to listen to people's thoughts and processes of how they are trying to get to the answer. It is found somewhere at the beginning of life, the present in which we are living, and towards the outlook of the future. Are we missing something in our search and can we learn from one another? I think the truth is that it can be found in many of our stories and thoughts even when it can be ugly, confusing, and isolating from the status quo. Along the way, if you uncover the strength within yourself and embolden the voice as you narrate your story, I am very intrigued to listen to your answer. So tell me about yourself... what is your story?

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