Tyra E. Rowell, Ed.S., NCC
My greatest teacher is life. Certainly, this is something that many people take for granted, or simply miscomprehend. When you read this passage, which conveys the issues that shaped my life’s story, I pray you will be inspired to reflect and breathe new life into your own circumstances.
My passion in life is to help anyone whose mere being is constricted by heartache, controversy, and/or setbacks and they long to find peace and self-love. I specialize in empowering the underdog to have a voice and be heard. I was raised in an environment where my voice was censored and my livelihood was muffled. As a child, I was born hearing-impaired and lived with a speech impediment. At three years old, I was molested by a babysitter, which propelled me to develop powerlessness.
My experiences in my childhood impacted my life negatively as a young adult until I was about 25 years old. I enrolled in a Counseling program as a graduate student and that’s when I began telling my story. To be honest, I didn’t have a choice. Every course in this program made me feel like I was being counseled. Although, it was required for us to be counseled, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. This program provided a platform that allowed me to share my former issues of life. I changed mentally, physically, and spiritually throughout the whole Counseling program. I soar-fully rededicated my life to Christ, and my former issues became a catalyst for transformation.
ISSUES of LIFE, INC is my intrinsic way to give back to the community. As life would have it, I was unfairly silenced but found a haven to safely release the bondage and barriers of trauma. I realized that I needed to provide a sanctuary for people to proudly be who they are, unapologetically, and tackle their own issues of life without judgment, ridicule, and shame.
I have obtained an Educational Specialist degree in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Mississippi University for Women. I am licensed as a School Counselor in the state of Mississippi and Tennessee. I have also obtained the National Certified Counselor credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors. I have taught Human Growth & Development at two Community Colleges in spite of my speech impediment. I also certify and train Life Coaches through the Issues of Life Academy.