Tristan (FKA Patricia)
My professional experience started in the early 1990s working in human services, mostly within non-profit programs. Areas of focus were domestic and sexual violence, drug and alcohol dependence, children and adult children of neglect and abuse, human beings with a myriad of life-altering experiences, and LGBTQ+ challenges. Simultaneously, I began my undergraduate studies in Criminal and Justice Studies in Providence Rhode Island. A few years later I attended graduate school at Rhode Island College where I earned my Master's Degree in Agency Counseling and Chemical Dependency.
After receiving my M.A., we moved back to TN where I completed additional requirements to acquire my Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider credentials. At the time I was working with an agency in Nashville where I stayed for a little over (6)six years when the time came for me to change the course of my professional career.
This is where Hope In Healing, Inc. came into existence. It was never my intention to work in private practice but just goes to show you that even the least of what you expect of yourself or plan, can be altered. Fear was a huge factor for me, but it was also the motivator to launch a new endeavor that today has me more excited and passionate about this profession. It was not of my own doing though. Through my own spiritual awakening, not to be confused with religion, the path was laid out and I just followed the path.
Just more proof that you can overcome and achieve even what you never planned to pursue.