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I knew nothing about speech pathology going to college. I met my first SLP while she was working with my grandfather after he had a stroke. He had moderate aphasia. After several weeks of therapy, he could communicate with us again! I returned to school inspired and chose my major in Communication Disorders. Six years later I was blessed with my first child and she was diagnosed with Autism. Four years after her birth I had another child with Autism. Who knew that God would bless me with two extraordinary children that I would have to guide through life with special needs. Initially, I knew becoming an SLP was my calling because I wanted to work with people of all ages and help in a way that could be life changing. I still feel that’s part of my purpose. But in addition to that I was blessed with a sense of patience on how to handle what comes with being a mother of children with a diagnosis of Autism. My education and personal experience has truly made me love my purpose and be the therapist I know to be.
The BEST job ever
Being a Psychotherapist is such a humbling, amazing experience. Being present to listen to people who put their trust in me to open up about their darkest feelings and secrets …to navigate the journey together, of self-insights and realizing they DO have the strength to make tough life decisions- that’s what therapy is all about!
It was easy to be non-judgmental so as to earn their trust; to as i self-disclosed, we ALL have issues, including myself “Do you have 5 hrs I’d ask/reply?” when the frequent statement was made by clients-“Probably in your life everything is normal” “ Not at ALL!”
I discovered in 34 yrs of Private Practice that it was rare for people to have received validation from parents or virtually anyone- so tragic. Now, they needed to self- validate and “put together the puzzle pieces” of a renewed stronger sense of self and begin to live the life they want. No “advice” from myself, merely a facilitator to reflect back to them in the most gentle and accepting way possible.
Working with 1600+ adults and couples, in most cases, the therapeutic relationship seemed to work. Many people returned to therapy when they hit another life crises. People never ceased to amaze me at their resilience, strength, openness..I would’ve loved to have know about Therapia Staffing- and have since referred many colleagues (since I just retired- in my 60’s) Keep succeeding- an awesome venture!
The struggle became real but I still defeated those years
I had enrolled in school online. People state that online is easy and I know that is a myth. But I have 2 years to fight to receive my Medical Administrative Assistant degree. I went through some things, I lost my internet several but I know God was on my side, I was working two jobs, I have 4 kids but my oldest is 22, so didn’t really have to worry about him too much. The other 3 were pretty busy all the times. My 15 does football, my 12 plays basketball, my baby girl dances. Well what’s a mother to do but attend everything. plus hold 2 jobs and school as well. When going through all of that I failed 2 classes but I had to do 2 re-take which slowed the process from finishing school on time But I still ended finishing with my Associates degree in Medical Administrative Assistant.
Farm living is the life for me
New Mexico is the place to be
Farm living is the place for me
Desert spreading out so far and wide
Keep Dallas, just give me that countryside
North Texas is where I ‘d rather stay
I get allergic smelling cows and hay
I just adore a downtown skyline view
Darling I love you but give me some retail therapy
The hemp, the stores, fresh air, more stuff
You are my life, goodbye traffic life
New Mexico we are there
From Kayden my Lab mariner and pKauffmann
Making A Difference
I have had many careers but speech therapy is the only one I haven’t quit! The challenges are opportunities to improve quality of life and to bring sunshine to a dreary environment.
I met great resistance to some teachers who stated my nonverbal friends would never sign or do anything. I smiled at them and proceeded with the instruction for the student and teacher.
The joy I got from hearing that same teacher squeal that our “friend” signed is worth more than a gold bar from Ft. Knox!
Twenty four years and I am still amazed when my “friends” begin communicating. “Did I do that?” in my Steve Erkel voice. It’s my challenge to stop the tears, peak an interest, impart knowledge, teach that education is fun and communication is power! It’s my challenge to change the “I dont want to go to speech!” to “when can I go to speech?”
Yes! I thank God, He made me speechy! I ♡ speech! Sabrenia West MACCCSLP
Living Music Heals all Wounds
Having worked for a major record company doing national promotion along with my husband, I found myself wanting for meaning after we were in an accident and my husband was killed. After 3 years of recovery (I was physically, emotionally & spiritually severely injured) I heard about music Therapy. Being intrigued I procured a degree in music and became a Certified Music Therapist. After 5 years of work in psychiatric hospitals, the state of California began cutting back funds for the mentally impaired and I found myself out of work. I then got a masters degree in education and became a Certified Special Education teacher and taught special day classes in general education middle schools. I used my knowledge of music therapy to work on academic, social skills and functional goals and my students flourished. Now retired from teaching I’m back into working as an independent music therapist seeking work throughout the city of Los Angeles. Finding it difficult to earn enough money to support myself, I reach out for assistance from Therapia Staffing. My years of therapeutic, educational and music experience afford me a wide variety of skills to help others. The most important skill I have is my sincere desire to help others. And Music is the key.
Shannon T. is a life-changer! This company cannot be beat!
Shannon T. is outstanding in every way! First of all, SHE found me and emailed me about an ASL interpreter job near me. She was always there for me, worked tirelessly to get the salary I needed, then did the same thing again a year later when I requested a raise! She is the best employee I have ever worked with ANYWHERE. I never had any qualms with her. She will be like your new best friend! The credentialing process with the entire Therapia team was very smooth. The company is very professional and respond efficiently.
I like to believe that my journey was filled with divine interventions that helped me find my calling. In 2003, I was a new graduate from my undergrad college with an English degree, just trying to figure out my place in life. My aunt was a nurse, and I’d talk to her a lot about what it is that I was supposed to do in life. One day we were talking and she said, “what about being a Speech Language Pathologist”. I didn’t know what that was, but then I remembered that my brother had been seeing one for his difficulties. I did a little research and got the ball rolling. After visiting my potential school to begin this new career, I taught for a year (2004-2005) to see if that’s where I wanted to be. In the midst of that, I received a letter of admittance to do a year of undergraduate core classes to prepare me for graduate school. Oh how excited I was. I asked them if they would hold my space until I finished my school job, and they said yes! I finished my year of teaching in the Spring of 2005, and in the fall of 2005, off to school I went. I finished up all of my core classes in the spring of 2006, and at the same time, waited for acceptance to graduate school. That same semester, I finally got my acceptance and began my graduate school in the fall of 2006. I finished graduate school Fall of 2008, and I have loved being an SLP for the last 10 years. To me, the way things progressed showed me that being an SLP was my calling! I have met and seen so many people and children that have touched me, and that I feel I have made a difference for, even if it was being that child’s or that stressed out teacher’s listening ear. I would encourage anyone who has a heart for helping people to go into Speech Pathology. It can be challenging, but the rewards of this field are all worth it.
Home Care across the Nation
Traveling RN, have worked for Therapia Staffing for over a year.
I was a cna for years. I worked side by side with LPNs and RNs. I watched what they did so much I knew before they did their task what they were going to do. I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I went to MCC for RN. I put everything I had into it and I finally graduated dec 2012. I have worked in medical, cardiac, high observation unit (form of ICU) and clinic since I became an RN.
I have been an employee with Therapia Staffing for 2 years and it has been amazing! The staff is very supportive and has continuous communication with employees. My recruiter is great, she efficiently answers all of my questions and concerns. I highly recommend working for Therapia they are a great company.
LPTA New Grad
New grad with clinical experience in outpatient and SNF. Within the first two weeks I independently handled a full case load in each setting.
I have been a Registered Nurse since 1981! I have been employed consistently in various areas of Nursing. I truly enjoy Home Health above all fields. Patrice Farley RN BSN CDE
Special Education Teacher
Jolyn is a professional and efficient recruiter. She has gone above and beyond to find the best placement suited for my profession and personality. Jolyn took the time necessary to become acquainted with me on a personal and professional level. We have built an awesome professional relationship, and I look forward to our continued success together with the Therapia family.
Therapia is my favorite staffing agency!
Therapia is my favorite staffing agency to work with. We receive significantly more and better quality resumes from Therapia than anywhere else!
Director, Organizational Leadership & Development
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