Introduction: My Professional Persona and the Mental Health Community

Introduction: My Professional Persona and the Mental Health Community

Hello! My name is Azizza Pitts.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I have been counseling individuals professionally for the past five years. I specialize in working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, adjustment issues, mood disorders, and suicidal ideation. I will be representing the mental health community with my writing this semester and as a future professional. There are audiences interested in understanding psychological processes and I would like to use my expertise to help with that.

Counselor Turned Technical Writer

As a technical writer, I will collaborate with other mental health professionals to publish academic journals. I would also like to write about the latest research in mental health. I want to discuss how to maintain good mental health in relationships and in the workplace. I aim to help the audience learn more about mental illnesses and how to cope with life's adjustments. I would like to put my expertise to use with efforts to help my audience understand mental health better.

I am also entertaining the thought of being a technical writer in healthcare, while concentrating on the psychological care individuals receive through hospitals, clinical programs, and office visits. There is a ton of research in substance use disorders, but not as much in the care of mental illnesses such as mood and personality disorders. I would like to discuss the success of different forms of treatment and act as a "translator" to help a non-technical audience understand psychological language. I would love to discuss areas for improvement in the mental healthcare system while collaborating with other professionals on how to make a difference in the community.

Am I Credible?

The strategies I will use to build my personal credibility would be to use reliable sources in my work. I will only cite sources from reputable publications written and/or reviewed by other professionals in the field. I will continue to hold up my professional reputation by keeping my license active and taking continuing education courses on various mental health issues.

I aim for my writing to be clear, concise, and well-organized. I will make sure to do my best in reporting accurate information to my audience in efforts to build trust. I will be sure to continuously produce quality and reliable content to build on my credibility. I will avoid plagiarism and having an excessive amount of jargon and grammatical errors.

Building My Website

I have begun to work on my website; however, I am having a challenging time adjusting the layout. I want to keep my website with a minimalistic look. I am currently using "EasyWP" through Namecheap because of my familiarity with WordPress websites. EasyWP is supposed to mimic WordPress websites; however, it is a very "dumbed down" version of WordPress and does not allow all layouts. I already have a WordPress website that is separate from this website that I created. Unfortunately, Namecheap would not allow me to transfer my old WordPress website to the new domain I purchased. So, the link below is the recreated version of my old website.

I am also having trouble writing my biography. I want my biography to draw in and interest readers. I am already used to establishing my persona as a mental health counselor, but I am not used to introducing myself as a digital writer. I have blog posts that I have written previously on my website to highlight some of my work. I also aim to have a portfolio with my writing samples eventually.

I went with the generic, "www.firstnamelastname.com" idea because I would like to build a brand for myself by using my own name. I wanted to keep it as professional as possible. I have business cards with my name on them and I would like to keep things "simple" as I am building the "Azizza Pitts" brand. I want people to be able to Google my name and all my published articles, websites, therapy profiles, and blog posts come up.

You can visit my new website by clicking here.

Takeaway

The mental health community is who I plan to serve with my digital writing skills. As a mental health counselor turned technical writer, I will work hard to establish my credibility in the mental health profession and by citing credible and reputable sources. I was able to create a new professional website and will continue to work on it throughout the semester. I aim to continue building the "Azizza Pitts" brand via social media and other digital outlets. I would love to receive feedback from my classmates on how to better my new website! I look forward to hearing from you all.

Azizza Pitts

Azizza Pitts

A full-time therapist and a part-time blogger. Azizza services the middle Georgia community and advocates for mental health. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing.
Macon, Georgia