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BR A N D IE C A R LO S LATINX THERAPY

randie Carlos is a born and raised East LA native. She is the owner of Formation Digital Agency and the Founder of Therapy for Latinx (TFL), which is striving to be a national database resources, practitioners, and Latinx who share their stories of mental health, healing, and advocacy. Currently TFL has listings in 18 states, over 100 therapists nationwide, and a partnership with Mental Health America. TFL came about after Carlos lost one of her best friends to suicide in February of 2018. As she looked online for professional support, there was no one with a Latinx name. That’s when she stumbled across Therapy for Black Girls and thought, there must be something like this for the Latinx community. When she realized the URL therapyforlatinx.com was available, she took it as a confirmation that the work needed to be done.

Formation Digital Agency www.formationdigitalagency.com Photographer: Rochelle Ulloa TShirt: hire-women.com Social networks. Personal: f @iambrandiec d @brandiecarlos Therapy for Latinx: c Therapy for Latinx f @therapyforlatinx d @therapy4latinx

Success/ When I get messages from people saying “I was able to find my therapist through your website” I feel like the most successful woman in the world. Looking forward…/ To having our first

TFL mental health fair. We are working on putting together a live event in Los Angeles that will provide free short sessions with therapists, workshops, and lectures on the importance of mental health in English and Spanish.

Community/ TFL has created a community of therapist and mental health advocates across the country. Our Instagram account has connected therapists who are now hosting events together, sharing resources, and becoming friends offline. According the American Psychological Association only 1% of their membership identifies as Latinx. So our goal is not only to be a community for those Latinx looking for mental health services but also for those in wanting to get into a mental health profession.

ALEGRIA/ Now more than ever, I find

brown ALEGRIA to be something that should be celebrated. Our joy at a time when our country is in such strife is an act of resistance. With the support of mental health services my hope that is more Latinx can find their ALEGRIA.

Latina/ As a Latina in tech I constantly feel as though I am part of the boys’ club. I am happy to be able to translate the essence of who I am as a Latina into a digital platform. I feel like an alchemist.

WINTER

What did you learn this 2018?

In 2018 I lost two friends, both were the type of people that would light up a room. Although they are no longer here physically, I can continue to honor their light by acting on the dreams. When I put TFL together there were many of elements I didn’t know how, but I woke up every day and tried to figure it out. When I am committed to my vision the universe will rearrange itself to make it happen. I’ve had developers and psychology professors that have manifested in my life at the right time. Looking back, I know this would not have happened if I didn’t take that first step.

Éxito/ Cuando recibo mensajes de personas que dicen “Pude encontrar a mi terapeuta a través de su sitio web”, me siento la mujer más exitosa del mundo. Con ganas de... / Tener nuestra prime-

ra feria de salud mental de TFL. Estamos trabajando para organizar un evento en vivo en Los Ángeles que proporcionará sesiones cortas gratuitas con terapeutas, talleres y conferencias sobre la importancia de la salud mental en inglés y español.

ALEGRIA/ Ahora más que nunca, creo que la ALEGRIA parda es algo que se debe celebrar. Nuestra alegría en un momento en que nuestro país está en tal conflicto es un acto de resistencia. Con el apoyo de los servicios de salud mental mi esperanza es que más latinx pueda encontrar su ALEGRIA. Latina/ Como latina en el mundo de la tecnología, constantemente siento que soy parte del club de chicos. Estoy feliz de poder traducir la esencia de lo que soy como latina a una plataforma digital. Me siento como un alquimista. Comunidad/ TFL ha creado una comunidad de terapeutas y defensores de la salud mental en todo el país. He tenido

la suerte de conocer gente que nunca hubiera conocido sin el uso de la tecnología. Nuestra cuenta de Instagram tiene terapeutas conectados que ahora organizan eventos juntos, comparten recursos y se convierten en amigos fuera de línea. Según la Asociación Americana de Psicología, solo el 1% de sus miembros se identifica como Latinx. Por lo tanto, nuestro objetivo como organizaciones no es solo ser una comunidad para aquellos que buscan servicios de salud mental en Latinx, sino también para aquellos en la industria o que desean ingresar en una profesión de salud mental. ¿Qué aprendiste este 2018?

En 2018 perdí a dos amigos, ambos eran el tipo de personas que iluminaban una habitación. Tener que enterrarlos me enseñó que, aunque ya no están aquí físicamente, puedo seguir honrando su luz al actuar para realizar sus sueños. Cuando armé TFL, había muchos elementos que no sabía cómo crear, pero todos los días me levantaba y trataba de resolverlo. Siento que cuando me comprometo con mi visión, el universo se reorganizará para hacer que suceda. He tenido desarrolladores y profesores de psicología que se han manifestado en mi vida en el momento adecuado. En retrospectiva, sé que esto no habría sucedido si no hubiera dado ese primer paso.

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