So, I get a message from a woman, a recent graduate, who just became a doctor and she wanted to celebrate her commencement with some headshots. We emailed back and forth for a while and I could feel her energy in the words of her messages. I told her I was so proud of her accomplishments and I hadn't even met her yet.
She walked in and my assistant and I had Pomp and Circumstance playing over the speakers for her. As I was getting out the iron so we could iron her gown a little bit, we got to talking and come to find out, the house she grew up in was around the corner from my house; we at some point were neighbors for a brief time. What a small world, right? Anyway This woman is just beautiful and dynamic and we had a blast during her photo session and when she looked into the camera, she blew..me...away! I just think everyone should know a little bit more about "Dr. Tricia", so I asked her a few questions...
WHO ARE YOU, WHAT IS YOUR CAREER?
I am Dr. Tricia Rampersad Clinical Psychologist, YouTuber and Podcaster of The Core Behavioral Therapist. I also am a model and actress.
WHEN & HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR CAREER PATH?
I was laid off from Corporate after 9-11. I then took the first job after I was laid off and it was for a New Jersey
Non-Profit. My placement was at a homeless shelter for single teenage mothers. I saw one of the mothers left her toddler with another mother, while she went to get high on drugs. The next day the mother was tested positive for cocaine. Therefore, the staff of the shelter reported her to child protective services. I witnessed them ripping the child from her mother’s arms and remembered it clear as day. The cries, devastation and anguish. It broke my heart. That’s when I knew I wanted to help girls like the mother and the child. I felt a calling and decided to get my Masters degree in Counseling & Clinical Psychology. I then got a
specialization and certification in School Counseling.
WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR CAREER YOUR PASSION OR
CALLING? Both. At first it was a calling that developed into a passion in different spheres of my life.
WHAT ARE 2-3 THINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I traveled as Missionary at orphanages, churches, cities and rural villages preaching, praying and helping those in need with food, clothing, school supplies and toys. I also helped women in rural villages with sex education and menstrual hygiene. I did this work in India, Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Philippines and many more.
DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES? I love to dance, read, travel,play games, sing, pottery and DJ (I love music).
IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF SOMETHING,
WHAT WOULD IT BE? “You have a huge calling on your life to help people and help heal those who are suffering. Hang on because it is going to be one joyous ride.”
DO YOU HAVE A MANTRA? OR ANY WORDS TO LIVE BY?
Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness and these things will be added onto you.”
“If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life again.”
“I am the head and not the tail.”
WHAT DO YOU DO EACH DAY OR A FEW TIMES A WEEK
FOR YOUR OWN WELL BEING?
I worship to songs, talk to God (pray), I play with my Golden Retriever, make sure I post something that I am
passionate about, when it comes to advocacy, on my social media, I walk or go on my elliptical for at least 30 minutes and I chat with my mom and sister. I also make sure to at least do a mindfulness exercise, such as breathing for a minute. It relaxes me. Walking allows me to also pay attention to nature and my 5 senses when I am walking around nature.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?
How God changed my life in the Philippines. I never saw impoverished children be more happy to see me and my friends when they have nothing. These children had smiles on their faces, ripped clothes on and were barefoot, but still clapped and hugged on me because they were happy we were there to help. I cried for about 20 minutes. I am grateful also to my father, mother and sister. My parents were immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago.
We are Indo-Caribbean and they sacrificed a great deal for me. My father died when he was 57 from cancer while I was obtaining my doctorate. It was one of the most painful times of my life. But I am grateful in his short time here on earth with me, he was my biggest inspiration and cheerleader. I only wished he were alive and that I made him proud of me. He would tell me I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I am also grateful for my parrot. I grew up with him.
ANY LAST THOUGHTS?
Believe in your dreams no matter how long it takes. If it is a calling or passion, God
placed it in your heart and will bring it to completion. Run your own race and do not compare yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of joy. Love one another and do something kind for someone.
My last thoughts are that I'm so grateful she called ME for her graduation celebration photo session. Dr. Tricia, I wish you all the best and more success than you could ever imagine for yourself. Much Love! xoxo
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