Hi there! I'm Catherine Mukes, founder, owner and lead clinician at Impact 4 Change, PLLC (I4C). In 2018, I took a chance on my vision and left my 9 to 5, steady paycheck agency job to establish and grow I4C. I'll be honest, I had no idea what I was doing or how things would turn out. But I knew there was something burning in me to do more than I was able to do at my steady. So after MUCH procrastinating, and praying and planning, I took the leap...
Until that time, I had worked in a number of clinical environments: partial hospital programs (PHP), in patient programs, at risk student clinics and a major mental health agency. I worked with clients experience severe mental, social emotional concerns. The work was fulfilling...and exhausting. The constant demand for "productivity" and constantly shifting priorities was beginning to get the best of me. And, in a lot of ways, I realized I couldn't give the best to the client's I served if I was too tired or emotionally spent to be present. At a point, I realized I needed to seek some professional counseling to work some things out. When searching for help, I began to notice the lack of variety in options. Many of the clinicians fit the stereotypical profile (minus the smoking pipe). I was astonished! And then I reflected on my training experiences through graduate school and remembered that often I was one of very few people of color. Then I considered the number of black and brown people who were being served, and realized the imbalance. The statistics began to make sense. An average of 17% of BIPOC people experience mental illness but are more likely to experience barriers to treatment including stigma associated with seeking help, over-pathologizing symptoms and experiences, and cultural incompetence. I wanted to be a part of the change, and Impact 4 Change was born. My vision for I4C is a place for BIPOC to engage in mental health treatment without fear of judgement, where seeking counseling doesn't mean you are weak or broken, where you don't have to take out a personal loan to get the assistance you seek. A place where we get the struggles that come with being a POC. A place for more budding clinicians of color to gain valuable experience helping to close the disparity gap in mental health treatment. A place for you! Welcome to Impact 4 Change! We are here to listen; we are here to help.
Why choose Impact 4 Change?
Life continues to get stranger and we find ourselves constantly trying to adjust to the unfamiliar stressors and challenges. It is important that while we maintain our homes and families that we also manage our mental health. At Impact 4 Change, PLLC, we have licensed and provisionally licensed ("Associate") counselors who are here for you. Our team is made up of BIPOC clinicians who understand the unique issues that impact persons of color.
At Impact 4 Change, PLLC, we want all people to have access to competent, compassionate and culturally sensitive care in the Greater Houston Area and the state of Texas, no matter the age, ethnicity, gender or SES . We understand that your life is not exactly like the next persons, and your counseling experience shouldn't be, either.
Why work with an Associate?
Two Counselors in One
Since LPC Associates are required to be supervised, all of their activity is reviewed by their board approved supervisor, meaning you get the insight and expertise of not one, but two trained professionals.
No Diagnosis Required
Since LPC Associates are typically not allowed to bill insurance, there is no requirement that you must have a mental health diagnosis to see one. If a diagnosis is warranted, however, one will be provided.
Working with an Associate could save you money. Rates can be about half of what you would pay out of pocket for a fully licensed professional, and fall in the range of an average insurance co-payment.
Before becoming an Associate, one goes through extensive training including at least 300 hours of experience working directly with clients. before graduating with minimally a master's degree in the field.