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Inspiring Conversations with Miesha Lynette Rice of Whole Family Healing Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miesha Lynette Rice. 

Hi Miesha, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a graduate of Bennett College, and shortly after graduating with my degree in Mass Communication, I started a career in the Entertainment Industry.  I was blessed to do tv/news, marketing, promotions, and event planning for many notable artists, including Ann Nesby.  I decided to move to Atlanta to do the work full time, and while living in Atlanta, in 2009, my mom became very ill due to complications from Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Unbeknownst to me, she had moved to Altana to be closer to me because she knew that she was sick. While my mom was in-patient at an area hospital, we needed some assistance from a social worker at the time, and I will never forget how unhelpful that social worker was, and how she made us feel when we reached out to her.   Unfortunately, my mom passed away later that year, and I decided to move back home to Baltimore, MD after living in ATL for 6 years.  I was looking for a change in career, wanted to change fields, but also find some way to still work in the field that I love, entertainment.

While working at a school at home, I ran into someone that I had known from my childhood who formally introduced me to the field of Social Work after I expressed that I was looking to shift careers. I did some research, and applied to a master’s degree program, got accepted, and vowed that I’d never treat anyone the way that my mom and I had been treated during one of the most vulnerable times in our lives.

In 2018, I founded Whole Family Healing Group, LLC,  “A Healing Place for the Whole Family”., an outpatient Mental Health Practice. We facilitate healing processes for families and individuals within the family system so that they can heal properly from past hurt and traumas and keep the family unit intact and strong.  Earlier this year, I then founded Miesha Lynette, LLC, a coaching, management, counseling, and consulting agency that I have dedicated to my Mom.  She shared her middle name with me, so I wanted to have a business where I could not only coach people along their healing journey, but also merge my first love of entertainment with my career in social work.   Both agencies have taken off and I have been blessed to help children and families heal, while also counseling, coaching, managing, and consulting an artist D. Jerome who just made his Atlanta Opera debut in Julius Caesar, and will also be making another debut this fall in a gospel Christmas musical originally written by Langston Hughes, called Black Nativity.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road at all, but I can honestly say that it has been well worth it!   There have been many learning curves along this journey, and I have had to learn many things and shift in many ways, especially with having to utilize technology more due to the pandemic, but it has pushed me to grow in ways that for most would take years of schooling.  I am hands-on with both of my businesses, and doing things from the ground up has basically groomed me in areas that most people go to school for when it comes to business, business management, marketing, accounting, fundraising, program management, and more.  I’m getting all the schooling firsthand on a daily basis. I’ve had some huge losses, but I have also had insurmountable wins-and that is seeing the growth and healing process take place within the lives of people every day, especially young people, as well as seeing talent such as D. Jerome stays consistent and rises to the top against all odds!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a licensed clinical social worker who is trained in diagnosing and treating mental illness. I founded Whole Family Healing Group, LLC which is a healing place for the Whole Family. It was started with the idea that families need safe spaces where they can heal together as well as individually from all the challenges that happen throughout their lifespan. We specialize in treating family and couples’ conflict, as well as treating mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, that may have developed due to past histories of trauma, traumatic experiences, life stressors, childhood neglect, and more.  What sets us apart from others is that families and couples can see therapists trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Individual Therapy.

What I’m most proud of brand-wise is that we are a nonjudgmental practice that welcomes people from all backgrounds, and we are a brand that families trust.  Just as I do with the individuals and families, I get to do with individuals who are looking to be motivated and coached to higher heights in life, which is how I developed Miesha Lynette, LLC.  This allows me to take my skills in mental health, merge them with my skills and experience in entertainment, and help talented and artistic individuals navigate through the challenges they face in life and career while working towards creating a niche for themselves, and focus on doing all the things that they love to do.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned along my journey is that no matter what it looks like, feels like, or otherwise, DO NOT GIVE UP.   KEEP GOING! Feed your mind, body, and spirit with nothing but positivity so that you can remain steadfast in the mission you were put here on this earth to carry out.  Most of all, I keep close to my heart the words of my dear Mother whom I miss so much, Myra Lynette.  She always told me that “With God ALL Things are Possible”.

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