We had the good fortune of connecting with Comfort Nyeswah-Wiafe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Comfort, what do you attribute your success to?
There are so many factors behind my success but the most important one has been believing in myself. It sounds cliché but it’s true. Believing in oneself is hard work. It’s discipline. It’s consistency. It does not happen overnight. Believing in myself means constantly affirming myself even when fear and doubt try to creep in. It means being confident in myself especially when I’m around certain people who do not want me to take up space. I wasn’t always motivated to believe in myself because it is hard work. However, I have trained myself to be disciplined to the point of believing in myself and trusting the process regardless of the highs or the lows. I have specific bible scriptures, mantras and quotes that I consistently speak to myself and meditate on. They are ingrained in me at this point. They are my compass when things are hard and life seems uncertain. I am also selective with whom and what has access to me because being intentional is a key element of discipline. I was not born believing in myself. It was learned over the course of my life and with different challenges, I am still learning. For as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to live a certain lifestyle and have a certain brand. The power to believe in myself truly comes from God and this is just the beginning of the journey.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Comfort Counseling Center PLLC is a group counseling practice that provides mental health services to Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) with Christian faith dealing with life challenges. We recently added another specialty, providing therapy for Black Christian Entrepreneurs. There are not enough therapists who are BIPOC and there are not enough therapists that offer Christian counseling. We saw the need for BIPOC Christian therapists and we are working on fulfilling that need, not only in Texas but also in Massachusetts. Our therapeutic work focuses on the importance of both evidence-based tools and biblical tools, helping individuals experience a healthier and happier life. Therapy is collaborative at Comfort Counseling Center and therefore the people we work with determine the frequency and depth of spirituality that is incorporated in their therapy treatment. We are proud to be one of the practices offering mental health services that are aligned with people’s spiritual faith and worldview. Getting to this point of offering mental health services in Texas and Massachusetts was never easy. If it was easy, I never would have learned the lessons exactly the way I did and I never would have made amazing connections along the way. I see challenges like a bus route. Every challenge along the way is like a bus stop, people get off and people get on and then onto the next stop, and this happens for a few hours a day and then the bus driver parks the bus at the terminal and he or she is done for the day. In business, the few hours can be a few weeks, months, or sometimes even years, for example, the Global Pandemic. While doing the best I can trying to rectify the issue or adjust to it, I remind myself that the challenge is not forever. It will come to an end and eventually it does come to an end. I have learned whatever you tell yourself out loud and/or in your mind is how your life will turn out. I have learned that not everyone will support your goals and dreams. I have also learned that as the season changes there will be subtle or major changes within you, embrace them. I want people to know that being intentional and selective with people, places and things they engage with can promote their well-being, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
After picking up my friend from the airport we would drive through the city to see the landscape. We would then make our way to Houston City Center and eat at 52 Seasons and then head over to Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Next, we would drive down Kirby Drive and that would be it for day one.
Brunch at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery on 18th, We would sit outside.
Sightseeing at Hermann Park and the Museum of Natural Science
Have Dinner at Davis Street at Hermann Park
Drive through the city to see the night lights
Next at Amahle Bar and Lounge on Baldwin St.
Brunch at Dish Society on San Felipe St.
Take pictures at Buffalo Bayou Park
Sightseeing at the Aquarium
Dinner at Aria Suya Kitchen on Westheimer St.
Next Five Central on Virginia St.
Brunch at Chopnblok located in Post Houston
Nasa space center
Dinner at Blue Nile
Next 02 Lounge on Fondren Rd.
Brunch at The Toasted Yolk Cafe – The Heights
Wall of Water
Next Stop Phil and Derek’s (dinner and comedy show)
Brunch at Lost and Found on W Gray St.
A relaxing afternoon on the paddle boat at Hermann Park
Dinner Turkey Leg Hut
End the trip with Art & Vibez Lounge on Cypress Creek Pkwy
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and mentors’ love and support have played a significant role in the development of the woman and business owner I have become. I believe we are who we are partly because of the family we are born into. So, without my mother and father, there would be no me. God also used four powerful people to change the course of my life. Starting with my high school history teacher whom we were allowed to call Mr. My Friend and when I got to college I met Amy MacMannis, academic advisor and life coach. During college, I met Sharon W. Carter, a warrior of life and a seamstress. Then while transitioning from agency work into private practice, I met a gifted human being by the name of Dr. Jeff LaCure. But there is a group of women I have shared most of my life with and I most recognize them. We spent our teenage years around cafeteria lunch tables talking about our dreams and shared life experiences. And as young adults, we spent beautiful and hard moments around restaurants and event tables talking about more dreams and shared life experiences. I am grateful that Esther, Othelline, Sabrina, Priscilla, Abigail, and Lydia have been a part of my life. You ladies helped me plant the seed way before anyone knew I had planted a seed and had been watering it. For every word of encouragement, prayer and support I have ever received along the way from anyone I’ve encountered, I am forever grateful.
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