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โœŠ๐Ÿพ We are licensed mental health professionals dedicated to uplifting, empowering and equipping folxs who are inherently under-tapped because of our intersectionalities. We are people, just like you, striving for equitable access to resources that we are excluded from because of the systems and institutions that are in place, working against us. 

Who We Are

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โœŠ๐Ÿฟ Because in 2019 completion of suicide was the second leading cause of death among Black folx (SAMHSA, 2020).

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โœŠ๐Ÿพ Because there aren't enough Black mental health providers. In 2015, 86% of psychologists were white and only 6.2% were Black (APA, 2016).

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โœŠ๐Ÿผ Because in 2015, 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ adults experienced difficulties with mental health (Medley, 2016).

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โœŠ๐Ÿฟ Because... this MUST stop. We have to work towards our mental, physical, and spiritual health.

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Our GOAL

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โœŠ๐Ÿฟ We recognize the need for Black, Queer, Black Queer folx and other under-tapped and under-served marginalized communties to heal in a space that is not just competent of our individual needs but a space that embraces and acknowledges the experiences that we have as people with many intersectionalties. โ€‹

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โœŠ๐Ÿผ We vow to hold a safe space for your journey in mental wellness. We deserve to heal wholly with someone sitting in the therapist seat, that looks like us, can relate to us and advocates for our mental health.

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โœŠ๐Ÿพ We hope to improve the world one person at a time, dismantling the generational curses, stigmas and barriers that affect us, at no fault of our own.

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โœŠ๐Ÿฟ We are committed to educating others about our needs and our intricate intersectional issues and identities. 

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Karissa E. Doster-Hoffman
She/her/hers

LCSW, LCDC

Karissa graduated from Spalding University in Louisville, KY in 2014 with a Master of Social Work degree. With education being the forefront of her life, this accomplishment was the beginning of a career of her dreams: to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Karissa is elated to be working toward her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Texas Women's University (GO PIONEERS!). Currently, she works closely with those experiencing trauma related issues, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, identity issues, and more. As a Black queer woman, she believes representation is imperative for her fellow BIPOC folx and BPOQe folx to have options in the mental health world. Her goal is to provide quality, client-centered therapeutic service while bringing her genuine self to every session. She believes to help others on their journey to mental wellness and sustainability is a gift given to her to share.

 

Karissa’s philosophy is best represented in the quote, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek,” President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America. Enacting change, in Karissa’s opinion, means inserting yourself in spaces where that change is needed. Karissa is the Vice President of the board  of directors at the Borderland Rainbow Center (BRC) in El Paso, Texas, chairing the Policy Committee and a committee member for the Pantry Sustainability Committee. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues in a dedicated effort to carry out the mission of the BRC “to create a community space in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) people and their allies can heal, grow, and empower themselves and others.” Karissa is also the Vice President of the Trauma and Resilience in the Borderland Institute (TRBI), which provides low-cost, evidenced-based trainings to mental health professionals in the Borderland and beyond.

 

Karissa’s passion surrounding holistic advocacy for the Black Queer community is the foundation for all her current and future endeavors. Karissa looks forward to every potential connection and intentional nurturing of the relationships that develop.

 

Modalities Used:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Education:

Master of Social Work Degree

Spalding University, 2014

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Current Student at Texas Women's University         

PhD in Counseling in Psychology

Credentials and specialities:

TX Licensed Clinical Social Worker- 63882

TX Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

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Vic A. Doster
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LMSW, LCDC-I

 

Vic was born in Michigan but spent most of their childhood in Illinois but has spent the last 5 years in Texas.

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Being openly queer and nonbinary, their passion of advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community began early on in their life but blossomed professionally during their undergraduate social work internship at a the Borderland Rainbow Center in El Paso, TX. 

 

After finishing their internship they began serving as the Project Coordinator where they were a part of organizing and training over 500+ providers and clinicians on LGBTQ+ competency in medical and mental health practices. They then became the program director but moved on to working within with substance abuse department at the Department of Defense until early 2021.

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Vic is a pro-Black, Queer and Trans affirming, spiritually aware, down to earth therapist. They are also a veteran, a spouse, and a parent. They engage their clients in a holistic person-centered therapeutic approach. 

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When working with clients their goal is to assist folx in their individual healing journey, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and desire to not just live, but to thrive in and enjoy life.

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They have experience in working with folks experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, emotional disturbances, relationship concerns, recurrent negative thoughts, survivors of sexual trauma, abuse and violence, unresolved childhood related concerns, generational traumas, racial trauma, substance use/abuse and general PTSD.

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Education:

Doctoral Candidate of Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

California Southern University 2022

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Master of Social Work Degree

Campbellsville University, 2019

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Credentials:

TX: Licensed Master Social Worker #69631

TX: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor #15961

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Supervised By:

Elizabeth Depew, LCSW, LCDC

Texas / 52708

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