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Joan Hampton

The Long and Comedic Version

I was raised in what is basically the boondocks in Daleville, MS, by my parents and my grandmother. My dad had enough siblings to field a baseball team. He had 19 brothers and sisters, including four sets of twins. True story. Being the baby of the family, I was often stuck hanging out with my twin brother. My parents were always busy, with mom being a workhorse and business powerhouse and dad being a Renaissance man. But at least I had my grandma to keep me company, otherwise, I would’ve never survived my sibling shenanigans otherwise.

As a trauma counselor, I’m basically like a superhero for people who’ve been through tough times. I help them go from feeling like they’ve been hit by a truck to feeling like they could drive one. I use therapy to turn victims into bosses. I’m especially passionate about helping people who are trying to successfully navigate everyday life after experiencing the criminal justice system, workplace issues, and relationship drama, and our veterans who are trying to adjust to civilian life. It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but instead of a cute cat, it’s someone’s emotional well-being.

Growing up, I knew I didn’t want to follow in my mom’s footsteps of working herself to the bone, trying to run her own business and provide for us. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a total boss and always tried to help others, but she missed out on a lot of fun stuff. So, I decided to follow my dreams and find a job that doesn’t feel like work, and yes, therapy is it! Just like my mom, I want to make a difference, but with more time for cake.

Since taking the reins at Oasis Mental Wellness, I’ve had some pretty wild experiences. But the most mind-blowing thing has been the amazing people I’ve met both on the couch and out and about at networking events. It’s like I’m a human matchmaker. But instead of love, I’m connecting people with their inner selves. It’s an honor to watch people go from “meh” to “wow, I’m amazing!” It’s like a before and after picture, but for emotions.

Of course, I firmly believe that no one can truly appreciate and savor success without the support and guidance of good people. I have several mentors that helped mold me in my career. Under their leadership and guidance, I learned valuable lessons about how to effectively lead a team and program and make difficult decisions for the betterment of the department and the company as a whole. Years ago, when I was broke and aimless, I called my brother and asked if he knew of any job opportunities. He put me in touch with a person who helped me identify my passion and helped to develop me as a clinician and leader. It was through this experience that I discovered my passion for helping others and knew without a doubt that I wanted to become a mental health therapist. I immediately enrolled in school and began my journey. I am also deeply grateful for the unwavering support and encouragement of my closest friends, who are like sisters to me and always lift me up when I am feeling drained or challenged. And of course, I cannot forget to acknowledge my mother, who has played an integral role in supporting me, particularly by ensuring that my son will be taken care of while I was dedicating myself to connecting with my clients and providing quality services.

In summation, I love what I do and look forward to connecting and working with you. Let’s get our hands dirty, make some life changes, and plant some positivity! Even the tiniest seed can grow into a massive tree of awesomeness, bearing fruit and spreading joy far and wide. So grab a shovel, and let’s get to work on building strategically and successfully.

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