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Meet David Roundtree with Kairos Counseling and Consultation, LLC
- Tell us about your background, family, education: I’m a fan of all sports including boxing and MMA.; NY born (Mets fan); reared in Charlotte (Go Panthers!) ; Philadelphia 76’ers fan… I’m a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School, Livingstone College, and the University of South Carolina; Married to Valerie for over 25 years; proud parents of three sons.
- What is your business and who are your customers? Kairos Counseling is a small business designed to speak to the unspoken, to serve the underserved, to provide evidenced-based therapy and strategies to help navigate through difficult waters and to peruse through difficult chapters in one’s life. Kairos is a Greek term meaning “in the knick of time” or “a time of ripening or maturity”. It is different from the linear, chronological time. Personally, to me, it means “the fullness of time”, God’s timing. Kairos’ clients come from all walks of life, all faiths, and all races, from youths to the elderly. All client needs are different and unique, however all have a shared need for an outcome of hope.
- How did this venture start? The company started out of a need to answer a calling on my life to help others as I would like to be helped myself if I were going through the same life challenges. The objective is to instill hope.
- What do you actually do on a daily basis and why? Hmmm… Just kidding! I empathize and join clients walk with them as they transition from problems, life-challenges and situations and assist them in adjusting to a new reality or perspective by challenging unproductive thoughts and behaviors.
- What’s your past life? How did skills and background that got you here to where you are? Growing up with a grandmother who helped everyone, required my sister and I to do the same such by literally opening (unlocking) and closing (locking) the church every weekday and Sunday. She was a community leader of the Boys Scouts of America in Charlotte during a time when it was unheard of for an African American woman to hold a position of leadership. That instilled a desire for me to service. I was a Marine Corporal in the USMC Reserves. I have worked as a jazz and Gospel radio announcer. Ministering and studying not only my faith, but others’ faith, have equipped me to not only hear others but to listen to them. I have worked as an ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team therapist. An ACT team is a team of professionals in the community working with individuals with server mental illnesses, reducing the numbers of those who go to emergency rooms and local jails. I’ve worked as a PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) social worker providing therapy of seniors. They had the most incredible stories! I’ve also work as a Child Protective Services social worker. I’ve been privileged to serve some amazing people.
- New customers are you targeting? New services being offered? Currently I am not really focusing on new clients, however, I am working on community projects and volunteering my efforts to assist others get through tough times.
- What are your personal and/or professional goals? My personal goal is to reach, touch, and help not only persons globally who are under-served. Another personal goal is to “finish what I started,” a Masters of Divinity.
- Other than your work, what are you most passionate about? My faith. There’s a saying: “Preach the Gospel. Use words when necessary.” I’m passionate about my faith being seen. It may not always be understood or agreed with, but it doesn’t have to be. At the end of the day, my hope is that someone sees Christ in me.
- Why did you initially come to LOOM? I love community, which is what LOOM exemplifies. I like the concept of co-working and interacting with other professionals. We have much more in common than we have differences.
- How do you feel you have benefited or grown? Any anecdotes? I’ve received much from the changing artwork and being able to use the changing artwork as therapy with my clients, as well as myself. The interaction with other professionals is encouraging. One idea and benefit about practicing therapy at LOOM is that my clients are real people with real problems. Some suffer with major depression, others struggle with anxiety issues, but all have strengths. The smiles or greetings they receive from the partners are more therapeutic than you would believe. THANK YOU!
- Where can we find out more about you on social media and online? You can’t! As the Emotions sang: “Don’t ask my neighbor. Don’t ask my friends I hang around.” COME TO ME. Let’s have an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation.
- What is the best way to contact you? I leave business cards at the information stations at LOOM or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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