Dedicated To Change
Who We Are
Spirited By Truth believes in creating a healthy life balance and purposeful living for women in which:
Each woman realizes her own abilities and spiritual gifts.
Each woman has the tools and strength to cope with normal life stressors.
Each woman can work productively & fruitfully.
Each woman is capable of making a purposeful contribution to her community.
Through education, awareness and support, tied together with life practice, women will be able to walk away with instructional tools that can improve their quality of life when implemented regularly.
What We Do
Spirited By Truth (SBT) was created to encourage and support women in achieving overall wellness and gain insight to accomplish a more balanced purposeful life. At SBT, an environment conducive to learning, peaceful enough for connection, uplifting for those seeking guidance and support is created for each participant.
Spirited By Truth incorporates an integrated approach focused on mind, body, and spiritual health, as well as connection. Spirited By Truth utilizes different forms of psychotherapeutic, meditative, and spiritual practices to quiet the mind and unleash the inner strength that lies within you.
Women + Health + Purpose
Our Mission at Spirited By Truth is to equip women with holistic strategies that promote optimal wellbeing and healthy life balance in motherhood, work and life.
Spirited By Truth promotes a Stigma-Free Zone to ensure women of color receive Mental Health Services.
Spirited By Truth is culturally responsive to the mental health needs of women of color. We stand for social justice and advocacy for women of color.
Alexandra Samuel-Sturgess, LCSW
I'm Alex! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have nearly two decades of experience empowering women from all walks of life in making healthier life choices. Spirited By Truth, is the continuance of my work in promoting holistic wellness in the lives of women. After working a combined 16 years in probation, social services, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services, the realization is that many women who I would come into contact within these systems, were not being properly treated, nor were their mental and spiritual needs being met. Many women yearned for something more than the traditional modalities and voiced the need of more woman centered care. From this great need for more personalized care for women, Birthed the Creation of Spirited By Truth.
More About Alex
My Favorite Quote:
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. ~Maya Angelou
I love Soul Food, which is a given as it is my cultural food. I also LOVE Mexican and Asian food.
I love to read and even incorporate good reads in session. I recommend the Gifts of Imperfections by Brene Brown; Rainbow in the Clouds by Maya Angelou; The Seat of the Soul by GaryZukav; and A New Earth Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. This is just a few favs in my collection feel free to ask for more!
I love Neo-Soul and Jazz Music. I enjoy Old School R&B Music along with Old School Hip Hop. My favorite artist who I will see over and over without getting tired is Maxwell.
How I Work as a Therapist:
I'm the kind of therapist that wants to get in there with you and inact change! I work with you in taking the action steps necessary to get you to that next step, so if you want to use your time venting, and not READY to take ACTION then I'm NOT the therapist for you.
When I Do My Best Work:
I do my best work with women who are depressed and anxious by helping them find a sense of self worth, acceptance, and belonging. I work diligently to equip women with practical coping skills that will allow them to decrease symptoms which look like this:
Increased Sleep= Less Frustration
Lowered Stress= Increased Productivity
Lowered Anxiety= Increased Ability to Focus and Accomplish Goals
Decreased Depressive Symptoms= More Confidence & Courage to Live A More Purposeful Life.
I love Marvel & DC Comic Super Heroes! I think we all have our own unique superpowers. I know you are probably wondering, what would be my superpower? I think I would choose Professor Xavier from X-Men to be the strongest Telepath in the World.
My next favorite character would be Wonder Woman. I love her strength and abilities. I also think having the Lasso of Truth would benefit me in my current work in healing people.
Lastly, I LOVE BLACK PANTHER!! #WAKANDAFOREVER
I LOVE tea and ABSOLUTELY hate taste of coffee.
I love to travel and hang with my girlfriends!
In my next life I will probably be a Stand Up Comedian because I love to make people laugh.
Favorite Ways To Destress:
Hot Bath with Pink Himalayan & Epsom Salt
Meditation and Prayer
Lauren Williams, MSW
Lauren Williams is an Associate Clinical Social Worker from Loma Linda, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Riverside. She later received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lauren began her career as a Social Work Intern at Downtown Women’s Center, located in Los Angeles, CA., where she provided individual and group psychotherapy for women, utilizing cognitive behavioral, and humanistic therapy modes. Clientele included chronically homeless women experiencing anxiety and depression. Lauren facilitated weekly groups focusing on developing life skills and mindfulness, with the goal of increasing social support networks. Lauren tracked women’s self-identified goals by completing daily progress notes and formulating Individual Wellness Plans. Later, as a Social Work Intern and participant in the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium, Lauren provided psychotherapy to older adult male and female Veterans in Los Angeles County. Clientele included Veterans with comorbidities and dual diagnosis, such as PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. Lauren provided case management and conducted bio-psychosocial assessments, documenting treatment goals and patient progress in group and individual therapy. Lauren also facilitated groups utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a Strengths-Based Approach, with the goal of identifying tools for recovery and decreasing the chance of relapse.
Lauren’s professional organizational memberships and affiliations include: Geriatric Social Work Consortium alumni and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
As a therapist who has worked with men and women ranging in their early 20s to late 90s, Lauren takes a strength’s base view of psychotherapy, fostering an environment of compassion and support for individuals to realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.