We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelley Logans-Ali and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to create a safe space for women of color to heal. After working for the State of Texas for 28 years I wanted to become my own boss which would allow me the freedom to help others as I pleased not be bogged down by red tape and the rules and regulations that I didn’t think promoted mental health. I wanted to be able to assist others on their journey to wellness while empowering them at the same time. Finally I wanted to be an example for my six children.
What should our readers know about your business?
Sistercare Counseling Services is thriving due to the dedication that I put in each day to offer a safe space. I attended many trainings to learn the business aspects of running a private practice. I pride myself in being able to offer services that are tailored to the individuals needs. I offer a free consultation so that the person does not have to be obligated to choose me as their therapist I believe that we are dictated too much in life and shouldn’t have to be when trying to help ourselves. Running a solo private practice wasn’t easy at first I had to learn to that it is okay to ask for help and that I was not going to be good at everything. Learning to let go of the desire to control everything has helped me to succeed. I started with only 15 clients to a very busy practice with over 160 clients. I named my practice after my mother as she instilled in me to be resilient and with strength and determination you can achieve your dreams. Sistercare counseling is where healing can begin, I place myself in the position to guide others to their path to wellness.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would first take them to the Riverwalk as it is a beautiful place to see the city while also getting something to eat. Next I would take them to the Pearl as there are numerous shops and open areas to sit back and relax. I would take them to the Witte museum and Brackenridge park as these are landmarks that are important to me as I enjoy nature but also Art. The next spot would be the Japanese Tea Garden simply because it is beautiful and I enjoy looking at beautiful things as it brings peace. I would take them on a tour of the Eastside of San Antonio to explain the history of African American’s in this city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not have been able to do this without the love and support from my husband Mustafa Ali and my children Sean, Jasmin, Hasan, Aminah, Zakiyah and Amir. This has been a long journey and with out their belief in my abilities, the validation , the assistance from answering phones to office duties I would not have a successful private practice.