Why "Support Not Solution"?
I came up with the name “Support Not Solution” after I listened to a podcast during my move from undergrad to grad school. In the episode (linked here) the researcher travels to a village in Belgium where families commonly take in someone with mental illness, a “boarder,” as their own, similar to our foster system. Although a significant portion of the population has mental illness, the villagers see this inclusive society as normal and don’t bat an eye to those around them with differences.
One boarder would twist off the buttons of his shirt every day and his host mother would sew them back on each night. When the researcher asked why, implying that it was a waste of time, the host mother’s response that she was happy to accommodate led the researcher to realize that the village functioned to support people rather than to fix them or mold them into what many would say is “normal.”
I aim to do the same. You are not a project to be fixed or a problem to be solved. We are not meant to contort ourselves to fit into “normal” molds that aren’t meant for most. I want to help people find the tools within themselves to function, manage symptoms, and grow into the person they want to be. I come to each client with a nonjudgmental, person-centered approach and I will do whatever I can to help someone move closer to being their best self. Each person deserves love, respect, and support no matter what and I will relentlessly support and fiercely advocate for each of my clients.
The semicolon in my logo is a tribute to Project ; an organization dedicated to helping people with mental illness. The semicolon symbolizes the idea "your story isn't over."