Krishula Edwards has a lot of letters following her name: MPA, MS, ALC, CCTP. The associate licensed counselor is also owner of her own mental health counseling and consulting company called Edwards Essentials and was the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s and then master’s degree, too.
Krishula is proud of her accomplishments but isn’t using them to enrich herself. Edwards is putting what’s she’s learned in school and her own life experiences to use to help others overcome past pain, leading therapy interventions and therapy sessions for individuals, families and small groups. “I specialize in trauma, and I really try to help clients dig deeper into their core issues, which usually deals with a past traumatic event,” Krishula says. And her desire to help others extends beyond her business’ doors, evident in the time and talents she donates as a volunteer with multiple community organizations.
I find helping others rewarding. It’s fulfilling to see someone tell you that you changed their life or helped their life change for the better. When people are able to come out of their darkness and into the light because of how you were there to believe in them, encourage them and motivate them, it’s an indescribable feeling. We all need help at times, and it’s not anything to be ashamed of.
My number one fan and supporter is my daddy. He is now my guardian angel and has been for the last 10 years. He taught me to be strong, independent and just be myself.
I always give back every chance I get. I feel like giving back is a high priority for me because I know first-hand what it’s like to not have. I volunteer at many local organizations including Meals on Wheels, Camp Sunshine and Hope Inspired Ministries. For many years I have mentored students in high school and in college. I am actively involved with the Mayor’s Young Professionals Council where I serve as president, am a member of Junior League of Montgomery and also serve as a member of the emotional support team for the Office of Violence Prevention for the City of Montgomery.
I am striving to increase my professional knowledge and training, to continue building my brand and company and to become a mental health expert to help others. I am striving to obtain more contracts and connections with organizations and companies to better serve them and show that I can bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to those in need of mental health services.
I would tell a younger woman or younger person this: Have as much fun as possible because life is filled with lots of twists and turns.
I am very proud of myself in everything I have done and overcome. I didn’t have much growing up, but I had love, prayer and family. I have gone through so much trauma and adversity in life, but I am still standing.
- Shop: Be.YOU.tiful on Wheels
- Cuisine: I love Caribbean food.
- Song: “I’ll Do Your Will” by Doc Mckenzie and The Gospel Hi-Lites
- Motto: “Be ‘someone’ for yourself, not ‘somebody’ for someone else.”