We had the good fortune of connecting with Yori Aiyeola-Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yori, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Over the past year, I have learned the importance of taking risks. I knew early on that mental health would play a large role in my life after losing my college roommate to suicide. Her life taught me that there is never a right time to take a risk; there is just right now. You either jump or you stand by hoping and wishing. I started my career as a school counselor, I enjoyed pouring into my students, seeing them overcome the struggles of adolescence. My students taught me to run towards your dreams fearlessly. As my students began to graduate and reach back out for advice I knew that my job with them had just begun. In order to remain impactful I began my journey to private practice counseling. Taking the leap from my comfort zone as a school counselor to entrepreneurship was a faith walk. I leaned on God to guide me each step of the way.
As an African American female therapist, it would have been easy to doubt myself or compare myself to others, but I leaned into the unknown, asked questions and connected with great mentors. Taking risks are scary, but they can lead to amazing opportunities. I now have the opportunity to connect with so many people who strive to live the best version of life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a first generation college graduate. Growing up my family supported my dreams and but it wasn’t always easy. I took a long path to finding my spiritual gift of counseling. When my college roommate passed away due to suicide, I knew God had a bigger purpose for my life.
I wanted to start a private practice to address the mental health needs I saw in my community. I strive to break down systematic barriers disproportionately impact mental health in the Black community.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever. I would you take them to Destin, Florida. We would start our morning off with brunch and endless mimosas. Next hit the outlets to shop. Hit the beach of course and end the night with a candlelight dinner overlooking the ocean.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to dedicate this to the ladies in my life. First my mom who has always seen leadership in me. Secondly my big sister who speaks greatness into my life. Lastly my fearless nieces.
I want to also thank my best friend, my husband.
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