Latanda Salmen

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People often have questions or want to know more about me as a person. I hope this page answers some of those questions

As for my professional education and credentials, I have my CSWPIP license in South Dakota. This is the highest social work license in the state, and allows me to have a private practice of my own. I earned my Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. During my studies I focused on therapy with individuals and families. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Sioux Falls, SD.

I have been in private practice since 2013. What drew me to starting my own business was the freedom to create my own schedule, to have better control over my work-life balance, and the ability to see a wider variety of clients. The perks of a private practice that I did not count on is I have control over the energy in my office (the atmosphere which I prefer is more homelike), and the ability to better serve my clients and meet their needs in general.

Now for some more personal stuff (because, you know, I am a person too)! The most frequent question I am asked is if I have a family. I do. They are my life. I have the best husband I could have ever asked for, and 2 beautiful, kindhearted daughters. Most of my free time is spent with the family laughing and having fun together.

I love dogs, and have two Bugs (Pug and Boston Terrier mix), Mo and Zeus, and a cat named Sammie. I have a wide interest in hobbies such as knitting, reading, cars (Mustangs especially), and learning how things work and the history of why things are the way they are.

Others have shared that I am very kind, and make them feel very comfortable, which in turn makes me easy to talk to. I greatly respect honesty. I grew up in a very judgmental atmosphere where I never quite felt good enough, so I never want others to feel judged this way when in my presence. Therefore, I accept everyone for who they are, where they are, and with whatever baggage they might bring.

My favorite quotes are from Maya Angelou. She is such an inspiration for strength and self-esteem. I have 4 tattoos, all with very personal/religious symbolism. I am a Christian and believe that we are called to welcome and love everyone, regardless of any differences they have, including religious differences.

I hope you found this helpful, if not a little entertaining and refreshing.

Latanda

P.S.  {That is pronounced La-TAN-(like the color)-da