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

Hi Orienta, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always been the person that people came to for help with their issues. In high school, I was able to convince a friend that was suicidal, to get help. It was then that I truly became interested in providing therapy and helping to guide people through their tough times. I always knew that eventually, some day, that I would like to own my own practice and that opportunity was actually impressed upon me by my pastor. At the time he had been referring clients to the practice that I was contracting with and as my time with them was ending, I was trying to figure out my next steps. He asked me, “What’s stopping you from starting your own practice”? I listed a bunch of reasons, mainly that I didn’t think I was ready and that I couldn’t afford a space. He told me to go and choose one of the empty offices in the church and that we were going to be starting my practice. 30 days later, I held the grand opening for Emerging Spirit Counseling Services, LLC. That was 11 years ago.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Emerging Spirit Counseling Services, we provide mental health therapy for women, youth and families as well as conducting trainings. We seek to foster an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance for those in need of help and strive to provide supportive therapeatic interventions to help guide our clients through difficult situations, strengthen family and individual functioning and help them move in new directions so they may experience more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

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.
Having a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, I’m always looking for interesting places to learn more about my history and culture, so I would probably take them to a local African American History site, museum and or resturaunt.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Bishop Victor S. Couzens, Inspirational Baptist Church

Website: https://www.emergingspiritcounseling.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1emergingspirit

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/EmergingSpirit

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