Hi, I'm Harry Turner.
Learn from my failures as well as my successes.
My professional interests align with my values. I am far from perfect, but I am also far from where I used to be. My favorite author states, "Pain is the shell that encloses your understanding."
I understand, after much suffering, that the key to joy, peace, and other higher emotions was to always live from and in my truth. We all have to choose our own paths. Anything not growing is dead and all of us must rise to the challenge of living our truth and being unapologetic about it. I invite you to grow with us.
For more than a decade I have dedicated my life to helping others break through personal barriers, overcome life’s challenges and lead generally happy and healthy lives. At an early age I knew it was my calling and nothing gave my life more meaning than helping others. I’ve been a sharer and empathetic since childhood.
On my path of remembering, I’ve traveled to Segunda, Mexico during 3 separate spring breaks to spread love through volunteerism and assistance. I’ve even traveled to Africa to learn Swahili. That experienced changed me so much, I became inspired to create a non-profit. I even met the woman who would later become my wife there during my month and a half stay in Tanzania. We studied under the tutelage of Mwalimu Deo Tungaraza who facilitated my rapid growth.
I was happily married, had a great social life and my career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker was on the up & up. My passion led me to be employed in the mental health department of a multi-level security state correctional center, the Emergency Department of a major nonprofit hospital, and a major community mental health clinic in Baton Rouge. I later went on to create my private practice, Diverse Counseling Solutions, LLC and now my online platform, School of Outliers.
But every now and then, I felt just a little off. That’s the only way to explain it. From time to time I would experience bouts of dizziness which made me feel confused and foggy.
For years, I brushed it off as a price to pay for the energy it takes to be a healer. But that wasn’t it -- and it was then that I learned that sometimes the body has a way of forcing you to focus on what your mind has been trying to avoid. My body pumped the brakes and told my mind to deal with it. All of the trauma I experienced came to me like the morning after a car accident. I felt it all. I knew I needed medical attention.
“But you work in the mental health field…”
Is exactly what I said to myself and my confidants whenever I tell my story to others. No one found it more jarring than me that the reason for my periods of illness were psychogenic. But now I know the importance of self-care, processing the past rather than being defined by it, and the importance of developing daily wellness practices to support a life of joy and fulfillment. In this life we either choose wisdom or allow our suffering to teach that which still has to be learned in order to grow.
During one particularly bad episode, I reluctantly caved and decided to visit an Urgent Care center after the on-staff physician at work was unable to determine a cause for the dizziness and instability. After being misdiagnosed by the doctors (heart attack or stroke - neither of which were accurate), I decided to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician. And I’m so grateful that I did.
In all honesty, my experiences with doctors haven't always been pleasant. But this doctor was different. He conducted a thorough physical examination that ultimately unveiled that I had not yet begun processing past trauma, which was directly impacting my health. At this compassionate doctor's advice and instruction, I took a leave of absence of work. I spent most of my time off in deep reflection and watched as my emotions swayed from anger to sadness, depressed to anxiousness. It is this part of my journey that I am most grateful for because it allowed me to discover the true power of the pause. I know that I am a better man, husband, and therapist because of it.
✔ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
✔ Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)
✔ Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapist (CBGT)
✔ Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
✔ Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist (HCH)
✔ Trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing