Featured Interview With Dr. LaRonda Starling
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hello. My name is Dr. LaRonda Starling, and I have a private practice in Texas providing psychological services. I grew up in Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas. I still live and work in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas metroplex. No, I do not currently have any pets.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always loved to read and write. I remember writing a book in the first grade. It was probably thrown in the file where all of the other school assignments go (e.g., the trash), but I sure wish I could find it.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Some of my favorite authors are those who wrote the classics such as Charlotte Bronte, and I love Maya Angelou’s poetry. My favorite genre when I am not reading counseling or psychology books is mystery novels. I like writers who are good story tellers like Janet Evanovich and Gregory David Roberts.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The book is titled Be Still: Spiritual Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals. Here is my description:
For counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, certified life coaches, and other mental health professionals, case managers, and caregivers burnout may seem inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be. Dr. LaRonda Starling offers respite for the weary with this Christ-centered, faith-focused guide to self-care for the soul. With real-life analogies and Bible verses as the basis, Be Still: Spiritual Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals covers topics such as knowing the characteristics of God, having alone time to pray, reflecting on the good in life, studying the Bible, learning to lovingly say no, and taking care of oneself. The end of each chapter includes questions designed to help the reader dig deeper and apply the concepts to their own life.
Whether you are a therapist experiencing exhaustion or burnout (or wanting to avoid it), a therapist in training, or a caregiver of any kind, Be Still is the essential guide to finding and maintaining spiritual health and peace.
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