Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Candice Cooper-Lovett, LMFT.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I moved down from Buffalo, NY to Atlanta in July of 2014. I was not sure about what I wanted to do in the future when it came to my career. I took a position at a community based agency as clinical director but I was not satisfied. I went to a CEU training where I met one of my now friends, Dr. Tequilla Hill-Hales, and she was talking with me about private practice and why wasn’t I pursuing that being that we had the same credentials. From that point, I began to research how to start private practice and started a business plan and had a goal to begin my practice in 2015. In March of 2015 I opened the doors to my new practice!! Things were slow initially but over time it grew more and in January of this year I took the leap and decided to do my private practice full time and it was one of the best decisions that I had ever made.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wish it was a smooth road but I feel that it has made me grow and become more knowledgeable and stronger as a result of the struggles. I would say that in mental health if you’re going to get onto panels there are a lot of learning lessons involved, and some money that was lost as a result. I had to learn the hard way with regards to billing issues as well as last minute cancellations and no shows. I also learned not to overwork myself when I was working full time as clinical director and doing private practice I found myself being exhausted a lot and did not have a lot of time for rest which I realized was affecting my work. I also had to come to find that I had to respect and trust my own process with my business and not compare it to other people’s businesses and where they were at the times of where I was at the stage and year of my business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
A New Creation offers a safe, healing, and therapeutic environment for clients, which can foster a place of trust and intimacy. We provide individual, couple, family, sex and group therapy services to those who are recovering from trauma, specifically intimate partner sexual and community violence. We also focus on work with couples to help them in becoming reconnected and having a healthy relationship. The goal in therapy is to provide healing, empowerment and transformative growth.
We offer a safe, healing, and therapeutic environment for clients, which can foster a place of trust and intimacy. We provide individual, couple, family and sex therapy services.
I have worked extensively with sexual abuse survivors, domestic violence survivors, youth witnesses to domestic violence and youth who have endured sexual abuse. I also work with couples who struggle with connection, trust and communication. I am known for my work and expertise in domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault. I am also in supervision to become a certified sex therapist.
I am most proud of the fact that the clients I serve feel my warmth, professionalism, and providing them with a safe and therapeutic environment which could help them to initiate empowerment, healing, and growth. I am also proud of the fact that the majority of my practice are first timers and I have the opportunity to show them that therapy can be very healing and a positive experience. It also gives me the opportunity to destigmatize mental health for the Black community.
I feel what sets my company apart from others is the fact that I focus extensively on trauma which is a topic area a lot of therapist do not venture off into, especially domestic violence and sexual abuse. I also work with couples who have violence in their relationships.
What were you like growing up?
As a child growing up, I had very humble beginnings. I was and still am very sweet. I was also very quiet and did not say much and I was also shy, which is interesting being that I fell into the field of mental health where you have to do a lot of talking, but as I got older I came more into my own and became more comfortable with my power and voice. I was always the smart quiet girl at school. I was a 5-star student in 3rd grade and was the only one in my grade to have that accomplishment. At the time, I was interested in becoming a pediatrician, in high school I was a biochemistry major with the hopes of going to college then medical school but I began to take an interest in psychology.
- Individual sessions $85/hr
- Couple Sessions $120/hr
- Family Sessions $150/hr
- Address: 500 W. Lanier Ave. Ste. 908
Fayetteville, GA 30214
- Website: anewcreationpsychotherapy.com
- Phone: 678-561-4468
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: anewcreationpsy
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anewcreationpsy/
- Twitter: DrCan327