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Meet Vivien Roman-Hampton, LICSW of Activated By Wellness in Stoughton, MA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivien Roman-Hampton, LICSW.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always had a love of psychology and connecting with others. I have been doing some type of volunteer or paid work helping people since high school. From Community Service club to joining the military, I have always wanted to be of service to others.

I received my BA from UNLV in Psychology, my Graduate Certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy from UMass Boston, and then my Masters in Social Work from Salem State University. I have worked in crisis counseling, providing services to Veterans and working with individuals diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness.

Having a private practice has always been a goal for me as I knew that I wanted to the freedom to be flexible in my approach depending on the client and cultivate my niche. My practice built up quickly and I was able to make the leap to full time and become my own boss in less than a year. I had a vision and I kept working towards it!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road but the struggles were more internal than anything else I faced. There were many times I would doubt myself or fear that I wouldn’t be able to support myself and my family on my own. I belong to a Mastermind group and these amazing women reminded me, often, how hard I worked and what I had set out to do from the beginning. My husband also is my biggest supporter and he was there to listen to my doubts and challenge me to move forward.

Activated By Wellness – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Activated By Wellness is my private practice. I provide mental health counseling, coaching, and consulting. I primarily work with men and women in the 18-40s bracket. The majority of my clients are creative in some way, active in social justice, and affected by what is going on around them in their environments and how that impacts how they move through life.

I think what sets me is apart is that I do not subscribe to one approach when working with individuals. In addition to being a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am licensed in multiple states so I provide telehealth here in Massachusetts, the other states that I am licensed in and outside of the US.

I utilize expressive therapeutic approaches when helpful so books, poetry, music and movies definitely have their place in session. I also encourage clients to journal and provide them reflective writing exercises for between sessions.

I am currently putting together a group for Women of Color called Spaces and hope to have that started by the beginning of March. I also have a Vision Board Workshop that is enrolling for March and will be putting two different hypnotherapy groups for April, one called FOCUS and the other is for people looking to improve their health and lose weight.

I think what I am known for is my no-nonsense approach. I don’t sugar coat what I have to say, I’ll chalk that up to my time in the military. Oh and I like to laugh so if I can bring humor to a session, I’m doing it!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Personally success has many layers for me. I can define success in one moment by growing my business financially or exponentially in some manner but the successes that truly have an impact on me are when someone walks through the door who never thought they would have the nerve to sit in a session, the person who finally feels the heavy weight of fears and troubles begin to lift, or when self-discovery happens.

There are also the successes for me of having the opportunity to spend more time with my family, spending time with good friends, and sleeping in every once in a while!


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