Ep. 37: Didi, Clinical Therapist (LMSW)

Rachael Parker-Chavez, Social Impact Strategist & Founder of Defining Good

"Yá’át’ééh, shi eiya Didi Josea yinishye. Honágháahnii nishli, Dibéłzhíní bashishchiin. Tódich'ii'nii dashicheii, Tódich'ii'nii dashinali.

Hello, my name is Didi Josea. I am of the One-Who-Walks-Around clan, born for the Black Sheep clan. My maternal grandfather is the Bitter Water clan, my paternal grandfather is also of the Bitter Water clan. As a Clinical Therapist, I offer guidance to those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders in a facility that offers medically-supervised detox services alongside a two-week comprehensive psychological, psychiatric, and medical assessment.

I am a recent graduate from New Mexico Highlands University located in Albuquerque, NM. I obtained my Licensure for a Master of Social Work in 2017 and have been working in this field for close to a year now. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, NM, I was living in Flagstaff, AZ where I had met my wife and was working full-time as a Montessori guide. Relocating to Albuquerque was somewhat of a shock for us. We sure miss those trees, mountain air, hiking trails, and snow!

A quick blurb about myself: I am one of 4 daughters raised in a single parent household. My family and I lived in poverty, yet I had no clue whatsoever. While my sisters and I enjoyed a childhood mostly filled with exploration, adventures, and pretend "yard sales", my mother was a full-time student, worked a part-time job, and was a full-time mother. How she was able to pull this all off is beyond me. I will just continue to believe she was and still is a superhero. She is my superhero. Upon further reflection, I realized that she was able to put aside her pride and ask for help. She had no choice, we were in “survival mode.” My childhood and past experiences have impacted my decision to work in a helping profession. I had long held a passion for being of service to others and often thought: maybe I can help someone, just like my mother was helped all those years ago.

Despite growing up in a Christian household that encouraged me to ignore the traditional teachings of my Navajo culture, I held on to the belief that one day I would be allowed (and open) to learning more about it. Thank goodness I am more open-minded today than I was in my 20's. We come from all walks of life. yet we are more alike than we are different. It is my hope that I will continue to learn, grow, and evolve as a Navajo woman throughout my 30's, 40's, 50's...and so on. Ahéhee’ (Thank you) for allowing me to tell a bit of my story. I appreciate hearing other women's stories and impacts they are also making in their communities today. It is quite inspiring!

What We Cover:

  • Didi grew up knowing she wanted to help people but did not know which population she was going to serve.
  • Didi talks through needing to gain confidence and strength in her own life and struggles before being able to truly move forward with her career.
  • After spending her early working years out of college as a teacher, Didi knew she wanted to go to grad school but didn’t necessarily know what she wanted to study.
  • After a conversation with her sister, where Didi was talking about the people/populations she wanted to serve, her sister suggested taking a look at the social work field, it helped open Didi’s eyes to the world of social work.
  • Didi goes through what she had to do to get through grad school as an LMSW with two part time jobs, school work, a partner, and finding a way to be active in practicing self-care all at the same time.
  • In her first year after grad school Didi was working like crazy and quickly learned the necessity of advocating for herself through setting boundaries and trying to put a schedule in place that helped her maintain some level of balance and routine in her work and life.  
  • Final reminder: don’t be too hard on yourself and keep learning and ask for help

Connect with Didi:

Email: ddenetsosie@gmail.com 

Kelsie Brunick