We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Megan Pickens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Megan, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
When I started, I did not plan on being a group practice. After a practicum student sought me out, I realized the need for a group practice, especially one owned and operated by a Black woman. One of the rules of thumb that I have maintained throughout my growth is how to choose my office space. I have always leased offices that I could afford if I were the only one working in the practice. Doing this has kept my office within my own means and not dependent on someone else working for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life. What sets me apart is my counseling style and being a Black woman in a business with little diversity. I believe my road was easier because of the support from my family. One of the challenges I overcame was the inability to delegate. I looked for a good assistant for several years. It was not until I hired my daughter that I finally found a match. One of the lessons I learned was to trust in God and the fact that I am working in the purpose he designed me for. I want the world to know that my brand is dedicated to providing culturally competent mental health care.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend wanted to visit and have a good time, I would take her to Tulum, MX. We would stay in an Air BnB in the city and go hang out at the beach. There are some favorite restaurants I have there. The local people are great, and we would connect with the Black community. While Tarrant County has continued the COVID-19 experiences, much of the metroplex has relaxed restrictions. I think this decision was premature and am prayerful that infections will not increase.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The two biggest supporters I have are my immediate family, which includes my mother and my daughter. My mother has always been my supporter. She gave me the money to start my practice and has always been my cheerleader. My daughter is my right hand. She has helped the practice grow and become the success it is today.
Ada Lee Photography took the pictures; I purchased them for unlimited use.