Dr. L. Imani Price
My service to others is a calling that started with my decision to become a psychologist. I sought to understand how to support women’s psychological well-being in mind, body, and spirit. I focused my doctoral research at Purdue University on the psychosocial impact of coping styles of women. This interest was driven by seeing the dynamic women in my family who challenged gender norms with male-driven college degrees, successful careers, and church leadership while maintaining families. They are not unusual. Women are often the emotional and physical caregivers for nuclear and extended families, church outreach, and community service. These “superwomen” are driven to serve but take little time to engage in self-care because of their commitment to others. Self-care can often be seen as selfish, but self-care is necessary to rejuvenate and relax one’s mind, allowing one to be in a healthier position to give to others.
Service to my country is a family affair as the 4th generation to serve in the Army. I was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 2004 to complete my psychology residency at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, GA. For six years, I served as an active-duty Army Clinical Psychologist and ETS with the rank of Major. While serving as an Army Psychologist, I supported assault victims as a Victim Advocate, mentored cadets, and advocated for diversity and inclusion in the military. My last active-duty assignment was at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I spent an additional 3 1/2 years working as an Army Reserves Psychologist at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Service members are a unique population, and supporting our mental health can be complicated by military stigma or the confidential nature of our missions. We were required to perform missions that others couldn’t conceive of, resulting in emotional injuries that others may not understand. This isn’t because we’re weak but because we dared to serve. Deployments have significantly contributed to invisible wounds but aren’t the only way service members experience trauma. Many of us have witnessed, known about, or been involved in training accidents, suicidal gestures, bullying or intimidation by supervisors or peers, or an unthinkable military sexual trauma. I’ve walked in your jump boots and would never leave a fallen soldier.
I am an interactive and collaborative cognitive-behavioral therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide spirituality, support, and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I am a member of:
- American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)
- International Association for Women’s Mental Health
- Maryland Psychological Association