We are pleased to introduce Mickala Randby, LCSW, who recently joined LifeWorks as a staff therapist.
How did you first learn about LifeWorks?
I’ve had my eye on Lifeworks for years! My plan was to get some clinical experience with a broad population and then move to a clientele that I feel passionately about and that not every clinician can engage with in the thoughtfulness necessary- folks in various relationship structures, folks with experience in kink/fetishes, LGBT/ Queerness, and neurodivergency. When researching practices, Lifeworks felt the most thoughtful towards the population they served. It’s really an honor to be a part of the practice that I have wanted to work with for years!
What drew you to LifeWorks?
Lifeworks had a lot of green flags for me, ranging from the reputation they hold within the communities they serve to the training they offer to their clinicians, as well as devoting resources to a training program that isn’t exploitative in nature. During the interview process, I was touched by the thoroughness at each step. It was so clear how deeply the practice cared about people receiving the best and most affirming therapeutic experience, and I remember thanking various people for being protective of this population. I felt energized thinking about the clinician I could grow into with the training and supervision that Lifeworks offered – it was a no brainer!
What are you hoping to gain at LifeWorks and how do you imagine it will impact your future?
I’m hoping to gain a sustainable life for myself (and cats) while simultaneously supporting and nurturing the lives of others. I know I am gaining colleagues that I will be challenged by and find connection with, and am so psyched about having new ideas, concepts, skills, etc. that will enrich myself the people I come into contact with professionally and personally!
In the short amount of time, since you joined the LifeWorks, what has surprised you most and why?
I am surprised by how socially acceptable it is for me to use emojis and say “howdy!” in emails! I feel right at home!
Anything else professionally that you are particularly looking forward to this year?
This year I will be getting my LCSW and am looking forward to learning more about how to best serve poly and kink clients! I’m also hoping to continue developing my understanding of somatic knowledge and experiences to bring into my clinical work (read: EMDR amongst other modalities of moving trauma around and learning from the body).
Read more about Mickala here.