My name is Yolanda and emotions are my superpower. I’m a therapist by trade — a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma and post-traumatic growth — but my most meaningful work is to bear witness to people’s stories of struggle, strife, grit, and growth.
I’m the Founder and Director of Harper Therapy, a perfectly imperfect business owner, therapist, researcher, trainer, and teacher. I’m also a wife and mom to three human children and two therapy dogs — Goldendoodles Toby and Hobbes. I\’m a daughter, a sister, a friend. Like yours, my life has not been easy. Wounded healers are the fiercest Hope-Holders, and that is the sacred space I offer to you — that of hope and possibility.
The formal fine print — I\’m a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master\’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. I\’m a Master Accelerated Resolution Therapist and am a Certified Trainer for the therapy. I\’m Level II Gottman Trained, bringing the Gottman\’s 40 years of research into sessions for couple\’s therapy. I\’m a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ and use Brené Brown\’s 15 years of research on shame resiliency, vulnerability, and connection so that we can wrap our common experiences into words that make sense. Most recently, I\’ve had the awesome experience of speaking at TEDx UTampa regarding the healing power or Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
I believe in community and giving back, and I\’m honored to offer my expertise and consultation to local non-profits and Fire Rescue organizations regarding post-traumatic growth and preventing vicarious traumitization.