Dr. Jessica Houston, PhD, LMSW, is a woman who is passionate about helping, motivating, mentoring, and teaching others. She is a graduate of Benedict College (Columbia, SC), Barry University (Miami, FL), and Capella University (Minneapolis, MN). Her childhood experiences and passion for helping others, ultimately led her to Social Work “The Helping Profession.” Within the field of Social Work, Dr. Houston has served as a mentor for at risk girls, an adjunct professor and field liaison for Fort Valley State University, a hospice social worker, and a school social worker in Macon, Georgia. She currently teaches in the Department of Human Services for Kaplan University. Dr. Houston has an innate ability to help others realize and reach their personal, educational, and career goals. She also has a strong desire to have an open and honest dialogue about a variety of topics and issues that have been considered taboo or completely ignored. There are issues such as intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, low self-esteem, and depression that affect millions of women daily. However, instead of verbalizing these issues, women are keeping them to themselves and suffering in silence. Dr. Houston’s goal is to be open and honest about her personal experiences and struggles, so that she might empower other women to begin talking and moving beyond the hurt and pain that they have silently experienced.