Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Garcia.
Hi Emily, 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.
One fateful night when I was 15 years old, years of abuse came to an end for me. After spending most of my childhood keeping a secret that wasn’t mine to keep, I made the split-second decision to tell my boyfriend that I had been sexually abused by my stepfather. He then called 911 and within minutes, my life was forever changed.
I spent the following months meeting with my new child protection caseworker, detectives, and a prosecutor, and eventually testified against my stepfather in court, leading to his 18-year conviction. As you can imagine, this was a lot for a 15-year-old kid to manage.
Fortunately, my older sister Lottie, who was only 23 at the time, went through the motions to become my kinship foster mother. Lottie was experiencing her own trauma from what had occurred, but she gracefully took me in, gave me structure, loved me, held me accountable, and made sure I was safe.
When I was told that I needed to go to therapy, Lottie made calls to the recommended therapists. The first one I met with was Fran. I immediately knew that I didn’t need to meet anyone else. Fran saw me. I don’t mean that she physically saw me.
I mean that she saw my soul, she saw who I really was, and she saw what I was capable of becoming. It was because of Fran’s impact on me that I wanted to help people. I didn’t know I would also become a therapist, but as my journey unfolded, it was exactly where I needed to be.
I graduated from my Master in Social Work program in 2009 and had my first job as a therapist within 2 months. I found that I loved being with people, hearing their stories, and giving them the space to mourn, grieve, feel all the feels, and celebrate.
Along the way, as I continued on my own path of healing, I found techniques and methods that made me feel whole and I wanted to share these things with other people. So, I founded Tribe Mind Body Wellness. Our well-being is made up of many small parts, so there isn’t one thing that anyone can do to improve their life.
We all need to feel that we belong, and our minds and body need to be nourished to heal. At Tribe, we want to provide multiple supports to our clients so that they do feel belonging and they walk away with tools that nourish them.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have been fortunate to have a pretty smooth path as a professional and business owner. Of course, there are things that come up, pivots that have to be made, and times when I’ve cried from frustration. But, I love what I do and I believe that what is meant for me will show up. So, when there is a “failure,” I mourn it, and I move on.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Tribe Mind Body Wellness?
Tribe Mind Body Wellness has a unique organizational culture that sets us apart from other group therapy practices. Within the group, we foster a growth-minded attitude that is safe and supportive. We meet regularly to consult and improve our approaches and each therapist in the practice seeks personal growth, so that they may be their best selves for their clients.
We offer therapy for children, teens, and adults. We also facilitate groups at our Arvada office on a variety of topics based on the needs we are seeing in our community. Our team provides wellness and mindset workshops for individuals and businesses and we host wellness retreats! We have found that there isn’t a one size fits all way to approach mental health and wellbeing, so our goal is to give people options.
We love working with people who are ready to commit to being open and trying new tools that they learn from a Tribe therapist. Our clients often report that they no longer feel that they are alone in their struggles and that they wished they had reached out to us sooner.
- Website: www.tribemindbody.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emily_tribemindbodywellness/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilytribemindbody
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/tribe-mind-body-wellness-lakewood
Tara Visconti & Chris Valiant