KISH: Tell us about you..
Dr. Danielle Sweet Jones is an educator, content creator, strategist, minister, and licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience in the educational and counseling arenas. Dr. Jones is a proud double HBCU graduate of Fort Valley State University and Albany State University and has earned a Bachelor’s Degrees in psychology (Georgia Southwestern State University), a Master’s Degree in Counseling (Fort Valley State University), an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration & Supervision (Albany State University), and a Doctorate Degree in Educational leadership and Supervision (Argosy University). Additionally, Dr. Jones is the author of the Amazon Bestseller “I Said What I Said! 10 Practical Strategies to find your voice, own your truth and live unapologetically. She is the proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Jones has been employed with the Bibb County School District in Macon, GA for the past 22 years in various capacities and currently serves as the District Homeless & Foster Care Liaison. She is the CEO and founder of the non-profit Healing Begins Within and co-founder of Transitions Counseling, Consulting, and Coaching, LLC with her identical twin sister, Dr. Chanelle Sweet. Dr. Jones has been married to R. Steven Jones for 18 years, and they have one smart, energetic 14 year old daughter, Kennedi Chanelle.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Dr. Danielle: My dream is to provide education and services that will aid in removing the stigma surrounding mental health and therapy. I am committed to serving underrepresented populations and providing the needed education and mental health services necessary to promote mental wellness. Accomplishing this dream will benefit the communities in which these populations of people reside in that increasing the mental wellness of a community impacts the quality of life of that community. I will benefit from accomplishing this dream by simply knowing that I played a part in being a service to mankind.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Dr. Danielle: I was inspired to pursue this dream by my mother, Evangelist Gloria Sweet. Growing up, I watched my mother help families in our city, our church, and basically everywhere she went. I saw the joy that she brought to people’s faces as she would cook a meal for someone who lost a family member or pick up medicine for an elderly person who was sick, or even donate school supplies to a child in need. Watching my mother give unselfishly gave me the drive and determination to serve my community.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Dr. Danielle: There have been numerous challenges faced while pursuing this dream. One of the biggest challenges is the lack of resources, state, local, and federal dollars dedicated to mental health awareness and mental health services in underrepresented populations. Oftentimes, the people who cannot afford mental health services are the one who need the services the most.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Dr. Danielle: I have been inspired by so many amazing pioneers in the field of mental health, education, social services, politics, as well as civic and community organizations. My biggest inspiration is the families that I serve that are embracing therapy and making positive changes that not only will affect their lives, but the lives of future generations. Simply put, that is my “why”.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Dr. Danielle: I am committed to helping people heal from within to live the dream life they have always desired. Plan big, dream bigger, and live unapologetically.
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