Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Daniel Edwards. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Daniel, appreciate you joining us today. Was there an experience or lesson you learned at a previous job that’s benefited your career afterwards?
During my time working as a Disability Case Manager I was responsible for approving or denying claims which determined if people would receive income replacement while being out of work. I saw time after time, mental health providers would not complete paperwork for their clients who were out of work which resulted in additional stress for the clients, and the claims potentially being denied. It often stemmed from the mental health provider feeling as if they weren’t the provider who was qualified to complete the paperwork due to not having a MD or PsyD – even if the individual was out of work due to a mental health related condition. Now that I am on the other side of that scenario working as a mental health provider I always find the opportunity to teach other providers about Disability claims, paperwork and the importance of their role in the situation. It has definitely been helpful to see both sides and serve as a bridge of understanding for others.
Daniel, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I approach wellness with a two-pronged approach.
I own Transformation Shoppe LLC where I provide consultation services related to disability issues ie: short term/long term disability, FMLA, ADA etc. Consultation is provided to individuals needing assistance navigating the process of employer sponsored benefits and mental health professionals who are seeking clarification on their role in the process.
As a Mental Health Clinician I serve individuals and relationships in Georgia (in-person and virtual) and in Florida (virtual) as a member of the Modern Path team. Modern Path, LLC is located in Chamblee, GA and has a mission to “promote access to quality behavioral healthcare for individuals who identify as part of a gender, sexuality or relationship structure minority”. That means we proudly work with the LGBTQ+ , kink, poly, and other communities.
I enjoy working with older teens and young adults, typically high school to early career individuals who are athletes or former athletes, or are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or trauma related to gender, race or religious issues.
Putting training and knowledge aside, what else do you think really matters in terms of succeeding in your field?
Networking. Word of mouth from clients passing your name along is great, but not everyone sits around talking about their mental health therapist. That is why it is important for those in your community to know you exists. Those in your industry as well as those who aren’t. When I set up my business bank account, the banker and I had a discussion about the type of work that I do, same thing happened when I set up my UPS account. Whenever I’m out and about and there is an opportunity to drop off business cards or let people know what I do I take advantage of it. Networking within the field is of course a must. Whether it be setting up 10-15 minute calls with other local professionals, going out to meet and greets, or stopping by events. No one can send potential clients your way if they don’t know who you are and what you do.
Have any books or other resources had a big impact on you?
Far too many to name individually. But what I can say is that I dive into so many podcast, books, documentaries from people with various backgrounds so I’m picking up knowledge not only from those who’s views are aligned with mine, but I keep my mind open to those who’s views may not be perfectly aligned with mine. I feel it makes me more well rounded and allows me to consider things I may not have otherwise. My advice to others is to always keep seeking out new knowledge.
- Website: www.modernpath.net/daniel-edwards
- Instagram: @transformationshoppe
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmedwards7/
- Other: www.transformationshoppe.com
The photo cred for Adam Bouska is for the NoH8 picture.