We had the good fortune of connecting with Keyana Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keyana, what do you want your legacy to be?

I want my legacy to be that I lived with self-respect and authenticity. That I lived a life that was useful and impactful. I want to live a life of health, wealth, love, loyalty, and passion. I want my legacy to be living each day with intentionality, drive and purpose. I want my legacy to be that I made therapy relatable in communities of color for all ages through Dance Movement Therapy, and that I made mental and emotional growth and healing sexy, fun and cool for women and girls of color.

I want people to remember that: I loved God. I always brought my best self to the table. I lived and served others in a way that brought me joy, through Dance and Therapy. That I inspired people to live healthier lives physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. That I created a safe space for women and girls to show up, thrive, grow, heal + transform their lives. That I made people feel hopeful and good about themselves and their life. That I was effective at helping others obtain and achieve what they wanted for their life. That I healed people from mental and emotional pain. That I connected well with people and always shared a smile. That I brought light into every dark situation. That my actions were always louder than my words. That I lived my truth unapologetically. That I seized every small opportunity to remind people that they matter, especially the people closest to me, and the people that I loved dearly. That I gave back to my community, served in ministry, and sustained a healthy family and meaningful friendships. AND, THAT I was happy, healthy, sexy, and fit – all at the same time.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My company, Movement In The Moment Inc. (MITM), provides high quality Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Education with a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy to individuals, couples, families, groups, and corporations.

We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others:
What is unique about my company is that we are the one-stop-shop for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual success. At MITM, Dance is our superpower and Therapy/Counseling is our secret sauce; we make life better. The most unusual and compelling thing about us is that we are Licensed Mental Health Clinicians, Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Certified Group Dance Fitness Instructors and Dancers Teachers all under one roof. Our expertise is healing and growth.

What you are most proud of or excited about:
I am most proud about the dedication we put into providing our clients with practical and actionable solutions for them to thrive and experience total life success.

What I am most excited about and love most about my compnay is that I have the privilege of assisting my clients on their journey to figuring out what really matters to them, how to achieve it, and what structures of support need to be put in place to make it possible.

How did you get to where you are today business-wise:
My business journey started when I was 23 years old. I was working for a great company doing Social Work that unfortunately had to shut down with little to no notice. Due to the urgent shutdown of the company I was working for I was devastated and lost everything I had at the time. I lost my luxury apartment, my stability, my independence, and my self-worth. I was forced to move back home to Boston, MA to live with my mother, after living in Western, MA on my own for 6.5 years. During that experience, I told myself that I would never let someone rip the floor from beneath my feet like that again. Within days of losing my high paying job, I decided to do an entrepreneurial training program at a community college to start my own business.

While I was completing the entrepreneurship program, I got hired at a black owned outpatient mental health clinic in Boston, MA. At the time, I was dead broke and desperate for a job, so when I got offered to be a Mental Health Advocate for teens and adults making $22 dollars an hour, I thought I hit the jackpot. I was so enthusiastic that I told the woman who hired me that “I would be the best Mental Health Advocate you ever hired.” The woman looked at me, rolled her eyes, and said, “listen, if you think I am hiring you with the expectation that you will just be some Mental Health Advocate you need to think again” The woman stated,  “I am hiring you with the expectation that you will go back to school, get your masters in social work, and one day open your own damn mental health clinic for you and your family.” After that remark, I sat stunned and confused with a feeling of insult and empowerment coming over me all at the same time.

Up until that point, I never thought that big about my life. I just wanted to be able to put gas in my car which I did not even drive to the job interview because my gas tank was empty and I had no funds. Unfortunately, and fortunately, due to my discomfort at that moment, I responded to the woman with an attitude. I replied, “I’m not doing that, I am not even passionate about social work, I’m just good at it.” The woman laughed at me and said “okay, then what are you passionate about?” With another attitude I replied “dance” and she replied, “well do that… go back to school and do dance and counseling.” I replied, “well, what do you mean?” The woman replied “look it up” , grabbed her belongings, got up from her chair, and walked out the door. After she left, I sat there in that office confused and curious for quite some time before I left her office as well. As I walked home, I started googling “dance + counseling.”  At that moment, I found Lesley University’s Masters Program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Dance Movement Therapy and the rest was history.

Was it easy?
This journey was extremely hard. Completing the entrepreneurship program, the master’s program, the thousands of direct client clinical hours, the hundreds of clinical supervisions hours, the hundreds of dollars on study material for the LMHC exam, the countless hours of studying for the multiple times I had to take in order to pass the exam was a lot. On top of the mental, physical, and emotional stress and countless tears I experienced in order to achieve everything I have earned today was heavy to say the least.  So no, this achievement was far from easy.

If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
I got through the challenges with a strong support system, healthy coping skills, daily self-care practices, and my faith.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way:
Along the way, I learned that things are only as stressful as the response you give them. I learned that there is power in your words, and you should always speak your vision into existence every day no matter what. I learned the importance of emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and remaining self-reflective continually. I learned that when you really want something you must have tunnel vision and never take your eyes off that goal no matter how challenging it is to achieve it.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story:
I want the world to know that if it hurts it can heal, and more importantly it can be healed through Dance Movement Therapy. I experienced a lot of trauma in my life, and I always had a hard time expressing my emotional pain with words. When I found dance and dance movement therapy, I no longer had to sit with that emotional pain, and I want others like me to know they do not have to sit with that pain either. I want the world to know that at Movement In The Moment Inc., we provide a space for you to express yourself and heal when words are too painful to use. That some people talk to feel better, and some people dance and move, and that is okay. I want the world to know that you can be supported and treated by a Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist who is also a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and be assured that you are receiving high quality treatment for your mental health just as you would from any other licensed therapist or social worker. I want the world to know that there is power and healing in Dance Movement Therapy just as much as there is power and healing in regular talk therapy, and everyone of all ages, all backgrounds and with no dance experience at all can and should have access to it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the city of Boston. I love any restaurant with a sexy view, live music, and exceptional service. My favorite spots in the city of Boston almost always have delicious southern comfort food, amazing seafood, Jamaican food, and awesome drinks. A few of my favorite restaurants include Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Slade’s Bar & Grill, Bootleg Special, The Beehive, and just about any restaurant in the Boston Seaport area. I love to go dancing in our Downtown district area and Cambridge nightlife area. I also enjoy our comedy shows, sporting events, theater events and operas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to my mentors for challenging me, pushing me, and supporting me in obtaining everything that I set out to achieve. I would also like to shoutout to my mentors for reminding me that it is okay to dream bigger. I would like to shoutout my family for being my loudest cheerleaders, biggest supporters and #1 Fans. I would like to say thanks to my best friend and sister-friend for always being there when I needed them. Lastly, and most importantly, a shout out to God, for His favor, grace, mercy, wisdom, and unconditional love.

Website: https://www.movementinthemoment.com/

Instagram: @movementinthemomentinc

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