Hi, I’m LaParis, and I’m glad you’re here. I’m 31 years old and live in Ohio. My pronouns are she/her/hers. In 2015 I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science with a specialization in community health. I remember walking across the stage as a college graduate and still having NO idea who I was or what I wanted to do with my life..
After college, being (truly) out on my own I was forced to deal with my anxiety and depression for the first time. The next few years were a struggle. I cried a lot and worked jobs that made me miserable. I let my life pull me in tons of different directions without prioritizing my physical or mental health. I went on some “real dates (being classy AF).” I learned what rejection felt like and had my heartbroken for the first.. and second time. I was naive and trusted people that I shouldn’t have. I bit my tongue & let toxic relationships drain my energy and self-confidence.
I’ve spent the years since meeting new ppl and exploring my passions. I’ve gained experience with MH & addictions, explored my spirituality, volunteered in my community, etc. I realized how much I loved interacting with REAL people and how much their stories taught and inspired me to work on myself and towards improving my community.
It only makes sense that I’ve spent the last 6ish years working with & advocating for adults and youth with mental illness & addictions. I obtained my Master’s in Social Work, from the University of Denver, so I can continue to further my knowledge in Mental Health & Trauma. I became a Licensed Social worker so I can become a bigger part of my patient’s clinical treatment.
How I will help you become your best self
I love counseling and educating my clients and those around me about the things I’m passionate about. I realized it’s something I’m kind of good at & sometimes they actually listen.
I want to continue to erase the stigma surrounding mental health, addictions, poverty, trauma, and wellness by sharing my knowledge and giving advice on what I’ve learned/continue to learn from my education, work experience, and community work. I obtained my Master’s Degree while juggling an internship and working full time. I’m not perfect and this journey hasn’t been easy. But I’ll be honest so hopefully, you can learn from my successes & failures (there will continue to be many more).
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my page. I write about the things I’m passionate about and I’m excited to share those passions with you.
- Microaggressions and why we need to keep talking about racism
- How my MSW Internship shaped my social work career
- Cancel culture and the art of “calling in”
- Representation in Mass Media and why it’s so important
- Let’s talk about Mental Health: Mental Health & Suicide Awareness