My name is Latrice Sampson Richards. I am a Mental & Emotional Wellness Creative, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Life-Enhancement Coach, Podcaster, Producer, and Voice Actor. I teach Black women the skills we need in order to heal and manifest. In 2012, I began a journey of self discovery that has completely changed my life. Through that journey I became clear about the fact that my purpose is to help you transform your life. My goal is to make sure that every person that comes into contact with me is made better as a result; regardless of time and/or circumstance.
Like you, there are so many different components that make me who I am; I'm a lot of things to a lot of people. I'm educated, with a little bit of hood. I'm an extrovert that needs to get away from people at times. A sexy ass big girl who can rock a bodycon dress just as well as yoga pants and a ripped up tanktop. Somehow, I manage to be lightweight cocky and insecure at the same damn time. I love God, I think my husband is one of the funniest people I've ever met, and I cuss...a lot. I am who I am. It took me a long time to learn how to be okay with that. I'm human. Which, to me, is both a blessing and a curse. Every day I remind myself that I, too, am on a journey of healing; and give myself permission to be all of these things. Some days are harder than others, but I keep making the effort. We have to...cause thats what life is all about.
When I was approaching 30, I was in a very dark place in my life. I hated my job, had no clear plan for what direction I was going to take my career, and was living paycheck to paycheck with a credit score in the low 400’s. I was dissatisfied with my personal relationships, my romantic life was a hot ass mess, and everybody I knew was getting on my damn nerves all the damn time! Girl, the struggle was so real. I was unhealthy and unhappy and really the only word I can use to describe how I was feeling at the time was, miserable. I was in a deep depression. Thankfully, I never reached a point where I wanted to hurt myself in any way, but getting up and doing life everyday took every bit of strength I had. Eventually, I reached a breaking point where I decided that something had to change. I realized that I had no idea who I truly was and where /who I wanted to be. This began my journey of self-discovery.
In 2012 I decided to create a to-do list instead of making a New Year's resolution (because nobody keeps their resolutions anyway). This list consisted of ten things I've always had an interest in but never tried. In developing this list I examined all of the mental and emotional blocks that prevented me from indulging in these things in the first place. Fear of vulnerability, lack of self-knowledge, and unhealthy ideas about myself and my place in the world quickly surfaced as the primary impediments to the life I most desired. So, as I embarked upon my journey, I was intentional about overcoming those blocks using the skills I had learned in all my years of formal training and those I've picked up along the way working with clients. Soon, I realized that these are common blocks among Black women; as I simultaneously became more educated about the plight of my community both culturally and politically. The more I indulged, the more I learned. The more I learned, the more deeply connected I became to these issues and obstacles.
If you listen to my show or are a member of my Patreon community, Trust Village Academy, then you know that my number one goal always is to be of service to any and every one I come into contact with. I wholeheartedly believe that it is my purpose in life to help heal our community by teaching us how to heal ourselves.
My work does target and focus on Black women, because as we ALL know, Black women are the backbone of all existence. But sadly, we are the most unappreciated, under-compensated, and overworked subset of the human population. The truth is that absolutely anyone can benefit from what I have to give, because it is solid information on how to truly live your best life. However, I choose to target Black women in my messaging because we need to know that somebody is out here checking for us and checking on us. We need to know that mental, emotional, and spiritual healing is for us and we need to be able to receive that from someone who is not going to talk down to us, patronize us, or condemn us to get their point across. I am that person, and am looking forward to being a part of your journey.
Latrice Sampson Richards, LPC-S, CLC is a Mental and Emotional Wellness Creative, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Certified Life-Enhancement Coach, and CEO of Sampson Therapeutic Services, LLC. Latrice is equipped with almost 10 years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families globally. Latrice graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2004 with a degree in Liberal Arts - Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Services. She then went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 2008 and completed the Life Coach Certification program at Life Purpose Institute in 2017. She is the host of Unicorns Talk Podcast, a weekly girl-talk about Black women our healing and manifestation; and founding editor of TheBlackUnicornProject.com, an online community center committed to the celebration of Black culture and well-being. Through her Facebook group and YouTube Channel, Trust Village, Latrice shares her own journey of growth and self-development while presenting important skills, validation, and community support to women who are ready to heal from their past and build a future they deserve. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Latrice is an internationally known transformational speaker, teacher, and healer. She is a wife, PCOS fighter, aspiring mother, and entrepreneur.