Welcome to “On the Couch” — a series of Q&A sessions where you get to know the human side of our amazing staff at Well Clinic.
This week, we chatted with Jerryl Ewing, Psychologist at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
Helping people feel like there is hope for conquering their issues and getting to a better place of well being.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
So many things… the hiking trails, the views, and of course the food (In-N-Out has become one of my guilty pleasures).
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Rome! I ate my way through the city while sightseeing and it was a great experience.
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die).
- Spending at least a week in Greece and Egypt
- Scuba diving
- Buying a house
- Being debt free (school was expensive lol)
What is your favorite memory ever?
Christmas Dinner – it’s the one time of year when I get to see ALL of my family in one place and we are a family that loves to play Pokeno! It can get competitive, but fun.
Where did you grow up?
Well I was born in Nashville, TN and was there until I was 6. My family moved to the Southside of Chicago after that.
What is your favorite quote?
I have three by my favorite actor, Denzel Washington:
- “The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have. That’s what’s going to define you.”
- “Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.”
- “Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.”
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Watching movies, traveling, listening to music or podcasts, or trying some type of exercise. I really like swimming.
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
I’m not really an album kind of guy. I like to make playlists that include my favorite artists.
Some of them include: Michael/Janet Jackson, Monica, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Tamela Mann, Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak… to name a few.
Where was your last vacation?
My last vacation was to Puerto Rico – first vacation during the pandemic and before being vaccinated. It was interesting to see and experience all the restrictions just to leave the airport.
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
- IMPACT Family Center – it’s a non-profit in Chicago that provides after school programs for inner city youth. You can check out their website here. https://www.impactfamilycenter.org/
- I also like other causes like the Trevor Project that focuses on prevention efforts for the LGBTQIA+ community.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
Well other than being a career student, I’ve been a nurse and HR professional. It’s a pretty interesting story for another day.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
I don’t know if you would consider this a talent, but I’m really good at cleaning and organizing.
What is your favorite sports team?
It used to be the Bulls, but kinda transitioned to the Warriors. Don’t tell my friends from Chicago.
What is your favorite food?
Southern baked Mac-n-cheese. My mom’s recipe is my favorite.
What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby – the book was much better than the movie.
What is your favorite movie?
What’s Love Got to Do with It – I love an overcomer story!
What was your favorite toy as a child?
I was a big Power Rangers fan as a child and I had quite the collection.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
When are you at your most creative?
At night or after 12 noon. I’m really not a morning person.
What motivates you?
It depends on what I’m doing or what goal I’m trying to reach. I find motivation sometimes in just completing tasks.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
My grandmother inspires me, she was my first example of what it looked like to overcome obstacles despite your situation or circumstances. She never let anything stop her success.
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
Really good food, it doesn’t matter what it is. Sometimes I have to satisfy my inner child with a little caramel cake.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
My first real job was as a lifeguard, I loved it! In my 6 summer career I only had to make one big rescue, but it was a great first job and I met a lot of great people!
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I was drawn to the study of behavior while just trying to understand people’s personalities, differences, and resilience. I’ve always kind of been someone that people share their stories with so it became an easy transition for me to apply my own interests into helping people.
What makes Well Clinic different?
Well Clinic is the first Mental Health Clinic that I know of that is a B Corp. I think it’s great to include that Well Clinic is cognizant of its social and environmental impact and performance.