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How Teletherapy Changed My Life and My Practice

By Sabrina N'Diaye

November/December 2020


Like many of my colleagues, I was called to social work by a deep sense of wanting to be of service. It wouldn’t be a lucrative career, but I refused to let the healing gifts I knew I could offer depend on the amount of money I could rake in.

My family’s personal history in the foster care system led me to begin my career in the same organization that once threatened to tear my mother away from her siblings. There, I helped teenage girls to nurture unplanned pregnancies, guided teenage boys to embrace the unique beauty of Black manhood, and demanded funding so clients could have access to a college education. I went to crumbling apartment buildings to reunite families, and I met with corporate executives to finance our special projects. I felt connected with my true nature as a helper and healer, and my work filled me with a sense of meaning and purpose, even as the realities of postgraduate life set in: debts to pay off, a mortgage to cover, and eventually, two children of my own to care for.

With my supervisor, my focus at that time was to spark a desire for education and entrepreneurship in the adolescents who’d soon age out of our system. But as we continued to develop successful programs that might transform our clients’ lives, we faced increasing resistance from the people who paid our salaries. I was…

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