Blogger Recognition Award


Last week, I was honored to receive a Blogger Recognition Award from Natalie at Sacred Perenneals!

Wow! What an honor to be recognized for having a positive impact on the blogosphere!


This summer marks the two-year anniversary of starting my therapy and counseling private practice, Adriana Joyner Therapy. Time sure flies!

As I've built and expanded my practice, I've dedicated time to outreach and connecting with others who are producing amazing content, living authentically and connecting with their passions. 

I'm excited to be able to pass along this award to 15 bloggers in in mental health field that do just that, make a difference and inspire others.

As a part of receiving this award, I have some rules to follow: 

  • I have to thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog
  • I have to write a post to show the award
  • I have to write a brief story of how my blog started
  • I have to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • I have to select 15 other bloggers that I want to pass this award onto
  • I also have to comment on each of the 15 blogs to let them know that I have nominated them and provide them the link to this post



During the summer of 2015 I made a leap of faith. I switched from working full-time as the clinical and administrative Program Director at a non-profit agency to starting a full-time private practice as a psychotherapist.

I have to admit it was scary, but looking back two years later, it was the best career decision I’ve ever made (well, a close second to choosing my career as a therapist).

I started looking around at what others were doing to support mental health and wellness. Many colleagues of mine were producing amazing and quality content for their websites. That style of marketing connected with me.

I realized that if I can provide information and tips that would keep people from even needing to come into therapy, why not! I believed that if I approached my practice from an abundance standpoint then it would thrive. Again as I look back two years later it was the best decision ever!



Write from your heart, write about your passions. At times, I’ve tried to force a blog out on a topic I didn’t care much about and it was an excruciating process. Since then I’ve focused on writing about what’s on my mind and heart and it flows out quick.  Plus, I feel it’s a higher quality when I (or others) post from what they deeply care about.  Which leads to my next tip…

Be authentic.  As I grow as a blogger, I find that the bloggers and community members I connect with most are the ones who's personality comes through clearly in their posts, they are genuine and authentic about who they are. It’s not an act, it’s authentic. As someone who strives to be authentic every moment, I find this is appealing!


MY NOMINEES (in no particular order):

Joe Borders at Joe Borders, LMFT

Alicia Mittleman at Alicia Mittleman, LCSW

Anna Osborn at My Happy Couple

Dr. Abi Weissman at Waves, A Psychological Corporation

Ken Howard at Gay Therapy LA

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou at Payam Ghassemlou, PhD, MFT

Jessica Marchena at Jessica Marchena, LMHC

Anna Prudovski at Turning Point Psychological Services

Michelle Scharlop at Plantation Relationship Counseling

Gina Della Penna at Gina Della Penna, LMHC

Carolyn Mehlomakulu at Creativity in Therapy

Dr. Natalie Jones at Lifetime Counseling and Consulting

Liz Higgins at Liz Higgins, MFT

Laura Hollywood at Laura Hollywood Counseling

Sarah Clark at Idealationship



Post in the comments below if there are other mental health blogs that are amazing resources! I'd love to hear about them.

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Again, a sincere thank you to Natalie at Sacred Perennials for the award and recognition!

Be bold in your life,



Adriana Joyner, LMFT, is a Sacramento area therapist specializing in helping people lead authentic lives.  Adriana’s most passionate about supporting individuals exploring their gender and sexuality, and advocating for the LGBTQIA community. Her office is located in Gold River, CA located off Highway ‪50 at Sunrise Blvd. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call ‪(916) 547-3997 or email