Spotlighting: Dione Catron, LCSW
1. First, because this is such a tough field to work in- and I personally feel one has to be called to do this work- how did counseling choose you? What aspects of this field grabbed your attention?
Counseling indeed chose me. The fact that I love people and have always been very community oriented, I feel that counseling is my calling from God. I’ve seen the struggles and challenges that the people in our community face daily. This helped to set the goal for my life, which is to always try to help others. I’ve seen a lot; I continue to see a lot. Therefore, I must do a lot. This is my motto:
To whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). It has been said that if we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, etc.., it is expected that we use these well, to glorify God and benefit others.
2. As far as clients go, what’s your targeted/desired population?
My 10 years as a therapist has been spent working primarily with children and families; however, I love working with all people- it is my passion. I especially have the desire to work with the underserved. I believe that everyone should have access to good mental health treatment, and feel that this population is probably the population that needs it most.
I believe that all people need is hope. For many, this requires help. It is up to myself and others to help so that the people who are in need can gain insight, and know that they can live happier and healthy lives. All they need is the vision. To quote George Washington Carver- “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”
3. As a therapist, oftentimes people can forget that we’re just as human as the next. When the role of superhero threatens to surface, what’s something you focus on that reminds you that you are still human?
This is when I must step up my self-care. I am guilty of trying to be all things for my clients and others. I must remind myself that this behavior is not only unrealistic, but unhealthy as well. I remind myself that if I have truly helped just one person, then I’ve done well. I can’t be super hero for all. Doing so, prevents me from giving what I can give, and what I need to give to others (i.e., family, and other clients).
4. What is one piece of insight you would like to share to potential clients and/or their loved ones?
I quite often quote the great Maya Angelou and say, “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” I continue with: “If tomorrow seems to be too difficult, seek help from others who can support you along the way.”
5. Okay, we all have at least one coping skill that we consider to be our “Go-To” (if you’re like me, you might have five ☺)!
I have several as well!, I’ll share two. I love to read. I think of reading as being the great escape from all the stressors of life. I love to laugh so many times I’ll watch a good comedy. This is helpful because laughing is a powerful stress reliever. It naturally releases tensions.
Dione Catron, LCSW, is a Memphis native and has been a social worker for 18 years. Starting her career as a Case Manager for The Department of Children’s Services, she later felt the desire to do more and became a therapist. Prior to starting her own private practice, she worked at the Child Advocacy Center for ten years as a trauma therapist providing treatment for children and adolescents who were involved in some of the worst cases of child abuse and trauma-related grief in the county; she also provided therapy to the non-offending parents and worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Memphis Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Children’s Services.
Through her practice, DLC Counseling Services, LLC, Dione continues to do the work God has chosen for her. Her treatment modalities include TF-CBT, EMDR, and CBT. She is currently receiving training in Psycho drama. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at various agencies located in the community.
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