By Tammy Reese
Meet mental health therapist & school counselor, Britteny Petty. Britteny was inspired to become a school counselor first through the lens of education. After working as a math teacher in middle school and understanding the various roles of an educator with many hats she realized she needed to make a bigger impact. That she did. Britteny helps empower teens to heal from physical and mental abuse so they can attend college, develop a trade or start a business.
Britteny has a gift for helping teen girls sort through drama and get to the root of comparing themselves so they can heal. Britteny’s experience with teens in and out of the classroom along with overcoming multiple challenges with her own daughter has led to the creation of IMW. IMW stands for Ingeniously Made Whole where healing becomes an internal process in order to envision and apply the work to become destined to crush goals. Every young lady is fearfully and wonderfully made whole with mustard seed-sized faith one can overcome any obstacle. Britteny’s goal is to help every young lady discover their self-worth.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. What does this time mean for you?
Mental Health Awareness Month means the time is now to prioritize oneself. You have to look at yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually to determine what needs to change. Ask yourself what do I need to do differently in order to live the life I desire to live? Mental Health Awareness is you taking the time to ensure your cup is full, but also checking in with your loved ones and close friends to make sure they are okay.
What is the current focus and mission of Ingeniously Made Whole?
The current focus and mission of Ingeniously Made Whole is to help teens heal from physical and mental abuse so they can communicate effectively in order to achieve their goals to develop a trade, attend college, or start a business. The ultimate goal is to empower and excel the youth of today in preparation for the real world with a solid foundation.
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From your perspective and experience, what can we do to help break and end the stigmas surrounding mental health?
We must first acknowledge mental health stigmas and stop making light of real situations or dismissing how others feel. In the midst of having access to technology, it comes with a lot and too much for many to actually process and sort through mentally. We must normalize and acknowledge it is okay to need help, seek help, and want help.
What is your process of helping teen girls sort through drama and get to the root of comparing themselves so they can heal?
We focus deep within to see what is the root cause. Where did someone first tell you that you were not good enough to do, be, or have something? Once we can get to the root then and only then are we able to progress forward and build on each teens self-worth. It is important for me to help each teen girl understand their self-worth, know they matter, and understand God created each and everyone to be unique and different for a reason. It’s okay to have your own style and I dare you to be unique and stand up for what matters the most to you.
In addition to your dedication to helping young ladies discover their self-worth, what are some of your other goals?
My other goals coincide with helping our youth and parents as a whole. As a mother of 3 boys I understand the struggles and challenges associated with parenting and being in the community you see a lot. You see so much more being in the educational realm. The goals for IMW are to work with boys and girls to help them be confident, and strong, and understand their true worth. Ultimately, my goal is to help parents communicate effectively and work as a collaborative partnership with their children and key stakeholders in order to create the best experience for themselves as a whole.
What can we be on the lookout for from you for the rest of the year?
I have my first collaborative book coming out titled Listen Up for Boys and Girls which I am excited about because it gives advice to teens based on the many challenges one has overcome. This book is so lit because it goes over ways that your teen child can avoid many hiccups in life compared to just navigating life without a navigation system.
I am also excited to announce I have back-to-school therapy boxes for our youth which have cue cards that address various topics encountered throughout the school year with action steps on what to do. These therapy boxes also address ADHD, ways to self-regulate and so much more. I will also have other therapy boxes such as grief, and self-care which will be for adults and our youth.
I am super pumped to announce self-care retreats for parents and youth so be on the lookout for these because they are going to be amazing. They will dive deep into key prevalent topics with guest speakers in alignment to help motivate our youth and also provide ways to best care for yourself whether you are a parent or an adolescent.
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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.
Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.
Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott- Young, Geena Davis, Essie Davis, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Amerie, Leon, Patina Miller, La La Anthony, Neyo, Britt Lower, Michael James Shaw, Aleks Paunovic, Courtney Kemp, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever and many more.
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