We had the good fortune of connecting with Billie McIntire MA, LPC, LAC, CHTT, EMDRIA/BASIC EMDR, CST, CCT, CMFT, CTAT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Billie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factors behind my success has been continuing education and certifications, clinical support from Dr. Reo Leslie, LMFT, LPC, LAC, MAC, RPT-S, ACS, AAMFT Approved Supervisor (CEO of the Colorado School for Family Therapy) and Dr. Evelyn Leslie, Ph.D., MAC, LMFT, LAC, RPT-S, and having a steady home life which enables me to focus on my career.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a professional psychotherapy practice serving low income people in the Denver area. What sets me apart from others include my total of 14 years clinical practice, having gifts of empathy and understanding, life experience, two state provisional licenses and numerous certifications, 35 total years knowledge about the commercial sex industry and human trafficking and, my own personal strengths of resiliency.
I am most proud about my own personal story of recovery having once been trafficked and worked in an occupation connected to extreme violence and rejection from society that led me to seek change through education. There was a time when I lived in a motel, suffered from alcoholism, anorexia and bulimia but I still attended classes at the University of Colorado at Denver. My perseverance in the face of adversity allowed me to be in the position I am in as a business owner. It also saved my life.
As a business owner, I got to where I am today through continued effort, working long hours, obtaining state provisional licenses and other certifications, support of my husband and others and making sure I rest, eat, work out and care for myself.
At times it has not been easy working 7 days per week at times or going to class when I was sleepy or had not had any time off. I managed this by making sure I rested, ate, worked out and spent time caring for myself and being with my husband.
I learned that being a business owner provides freedom and also a ton of responsibility. I learned I have more strength than I actually anticipated.
My own personal story of recovery and triumph are what I would like the world to know about.
Swan Counseling Services was born from a human rights anti-trafficking non-profit I was Executive Director of – SWAN Colorado. I owned images and logos designed from a famous New Mexico artist – Jezebel that I wanted to use in my practice. I loved the meaning of the powerful images which I attribute to the clients I serve and my own personal story of recovery.
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.
My best friend and I would probably venture into Old Town Arvada for lunch then possibly a road trip to the hot springs in Pagosa or Mt. Princeton. Since most of my friends are also sober, we would probably spend the day soaking, sunning, relaxing, laughing and taking naps!
The most fun, interesting, exciting people, places, or things to check out for me, include Pridefest, drag shows, human rights activists, academics, places with history and a spiritual connection to peace.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband deserves a shoutout and a little credit for taking on household responsibilities so I could work long hours. His continued support enables me to manage a very busy case load, teaching and attending human trafficking conferences and other trainings.
Dr. Reo Leslie, Jr. LMFT, LPC, LAC, MAC, RPT-S, ACS (CEO of the Colorado School for Family Therapy) and Dr. Evelyn Leslie, Ph.D., MAC, LMFT, LAC, RPT-S for their continued support and clinical advice.
My loving dogs Daisy, Max and Hunter who are always ready for cuddles.
Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman for her truth in anti-trafficking work including her fantastic book “Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking.”
Wendy Barnes whose book “And Life Continues: Sex Trafficking and My Journey to Freedom” continues to inspire me to teach professional clinicians how to work with victims of human trafficking and, how their horrible stories can turn into triumph.
All of the amazing professors I had along my academic journey who recognized me as a top student and encouraged my growth.
My cousin Dr. Elizabeth Eckdahl for her loving support.
Numerous friends, peers in anti-trafficking and professional connections.
Swan image – Jezebel