Zoya McCants is a licensed mental health clinician, certified trauma specialist, meditation instructor, and yoga trainer. She is also a counselor educator and supervisor. She applies her skill set to her work with individuals and couples, blending mental health care with breathwork, use of the physical body, and healthy living habits. Zoya empowers clients to increase motivation, resilience, and healing from trauma. Her path to becoming a therapist stemmed from wanting to be the change. Zoya knew that she had a voice and wanted to hear the voices of others as well. Along the way she realized that some felt slighted, guarded, worried, and scared to share their voice or to just be their natural self. She always felt that counseling chose her. She wanted to help everyday people — the ones who make the world go round by getting up every day, battling through emotional scars, caring for their families, being a boss, and getting things done. She spent much of her career working with underserved populations battling low incomes, disabilities, substance use, and severe mental illness. This is where she learned that change can happen on all levels: by turning a hard "no" into a warm "yes," that harm reduction was key, and mending a broken spirit was monumental.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou