Finding Kindness in Treatment: Landa Harrison

Landa Harrison, NCC, LPC, is the newest addition to our therapist family at Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates. Below, you can get to know what makes Landa such a fantastic and knowledgable therapist who practices with mindfulness and kindness.

How would you describe your work in a six word sentence? 

Committed to improving the human condition.

What makes you smile? Why? 

Watching children being kind to each other makes me smile.  It gives me hope that the future can be  better than the present.

What was the last book you read that had an impact? What were your thoughts on it? 

I read The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  It was recommended to me at a previous job where I was working with young women of color involved in the justice system.  It opened my eyes to a type of systemic adversity I had not previously been exposed to and raised my awareness and sensitivity to this issue.

What was the most interesting place you have traveled? Why? 

The most interesting place I have traveled to is Vietnam.  I have been doing consulting work to prevent sex trafficking in Asia and provided trauma training to staff working there.  The buildings, the language, the food, and the incredible bustle of foot traffic, cars, tut-tuts, and vendors crowding the streets was like something out of  a movie for a girl who grew up in Ohio and transplanted in Pittsburgh.

What is the word you use most often? 

Love.  I am grateful that I have people in my life who hear me tell them every day that I love them and also say it back!

What was the funniest thing you have ever experienced? 

I was in a grocery store with a friend and her toddler, who was in a phase where he had been listening to children’s music.  His mom popped on a Ray Charles song just for a little variety.  Apparently, the 3 year old was a fan.  While sitting in the shopping cart, he started banging on the handle and singing “I’ve got a woman, way over town…ohhhh yeahhhh” at the top of his lungs.   The whole store turned and stared, then burst into laughter.

What is the small act of kindness you experienced and will never forget?

I was on a plan to New York, recently, and struck up a conversation with my seat mate, who was on her bachelorette party. We had a great chat about our upcoming plans in the city and learned that we would be on the same return flight. When we were de-planing, she asked if I had a seat assignment, yet. When I told her what it was, she moved her seat so that we could sit together and share pics and stories about our weekend. It was a small thing from a complete stranger, but it made the world feel a little smaller and more connected for me that day.

For an appointment with Landa, call PPA today at 412.367.0575 or click here to schedule an appointment.