Today we’d like to introduce you to Cherlette Mccullough.
Hi Cherlette, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started on my journey by starting my career by attending Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL from 1996 to 1999. I majored in Criminal Justice and took additional courses in English. Once I graduated from college, my first job was with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Supervisor at a level 6 female residential facility. I transitioned from DJJ to the Department of Children and Families as a Protective Services Worker. As a PS worker, I worked with children in the Child Welfare System, meaning children who were victims of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. I worked in the child welfare system from 2000 to 2011. I was promoted from a case manager to Supervisor to Program Director. I worked in the following counties in Florida during this time Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Lake, Seminole and Palm Beach. In 2005 I decided to pursue my master’s degree at Webster University, majoring in Counseling (Marriage and Family), graduating in 2007. After graduating, I decided to explore my options of working with children, parents and couples from more of a clinical therapeutic aspect. I completed the requirements for a State of Florida Registered intern license, while pursuing full licensure in 2017 I have became the owner and operator of my own Mental Health Counseling Private practice Center Peace Couples and Family Therapy located in Winter Park, FL.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. There were many obstacles and challenges. In my field, there are no courses in your Master’s program that teaches you how to market yourself; there are no mentor programs that give you step by step instructions on how to start a private practice, let alone maintain/grow a private practice. There were challenges of finding a Clinical Supervisor that was affordable and dedicated to teaching you ethically. There were challenges in securing a place of employment with a substantial income. The challenge of finding and being secure in your area of expertise. The challenge of getting the community to trust you. The challenge of trusting the agency or private practice owner that you work for to have your best interest. The challenge of knowing how to legally set up your business. The struggle of competing with seasoned clinicians. I specifically had the challenge of fighting false allegations from a Practice owner that I had worked for who decided to retaliate because I decided to start my own private practice. A false report was filed against me however the allegations were investigated and determined unfounded/closed. This was a very scary/uncertain time for me as new private practice owner. I would say this was the most challenging time sitting and waiting for the outcome of the investigation by the State of Florida Mental health Board.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Center Peace Couples and Family Therapy?
I provide services to individuals, couples (including gay/lesbian) and families dealing with mental health challenges, affair discoveries, pre-marital counseling, individual/ corporate grief counseling. I partner with community organizations and churches to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and to share tools that can be used immediately to help cope with life’s inevitable challenges. I am a 3x author with my most recent book titled W.I.N.K What I need to know after the breakup written specifically for those individuals who want to start the healing process after a break-up or divorce. All three books ae available on my website
I have been told by many of my clients that I have a relational approach and an unique ability to connect with individuals. I believe that we all can heal despite the pain we’ve experienced; for this process to happen it requires that we release ourselves from the heaviness of our past, restore our bodies, minds and souls to achieve a restored sense of purpose for our lives.
I offer keen insight on all aspects of relationships including family, marriage, dating, blended families, and personal growth.
I offer complimentary 15 minute phone sessions call me today to schedule 407.230.4582
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Consistency, believing in myself, connecting with the right people, prayer and the ability to listen and receive constructive criticism without resentment.
- Please contact me.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.cherlettemccullough.com
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