We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
With starting my new practice as mental health clinician, I found myself setting early morning appointments as well as appointments as late 9pm. Thankfully, I had the support of my husband and mother to support me while building my clientele. Unfortunately, having a scattered schedule didn’t provide a work life balance as it took away from me spending time with my family. After missing my children’s important events, I knew I needed make changes. Building a business calls for sacrifices, but not at the expense of my children. I made the decision to set my schedule to day appointments only, accepting the reality my business could grow at a slower rate. My decision to prioritize work life balance was the best decision for my family and my mental health.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the owner of Makini Counseling, PLLC. The practice provides psychotherapy for adolescents and adults who struggle with a range of issues covering depression to psychosis. As a trauma-informed therapist, I specialize in helping my clients navigate through pain caused by childhood or recent trauma.

I dedicated months of planning and organization to prepare for my business. The process of gaining clients is definitely wasn’t easy. Deciding whether to accept insurance or private pay clientele was a major struggle for me. Ultimately, I wanted the services offered to be available to a wide range of clients, so I applied for insurance credentialing. I remember the day I received my very first client. I literally jumped for joy! It was following that session that I knew I made the decision to step out on my own.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely say Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts, and the Design district. I would visit a cute little breakfast spot called Tribal All Day Cafe in Bishop Arts. We would then head over to Daisha Board Gallery to visit black owned art, before heading to The Free Man Cajun Cafe for dinner and live music!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dr. Nelina Moffet, LPC. I met her at work while she was in grad school to become a counselor. Throughout college, I knew I was interested in psychology, but I lacked the motivation to pursue a graduate degree. She began encouraging me to enroll. I watched as she made sacrifices and followed her dream. 5 or so years later, I finally made the decision to go to grad school. While in school, she provided encouragement and helped me look for internships to complete my practicum. Since graduation, she has continued to be someone I’m able to consult with in my professional career.

Website: www.makinicounselingpllc.com

Instagram: makinicounseling

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Danielle Smith

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