About Me

Pastoral Counselor, 

Life, Health, & Wellness Coach

I received my educational training at the College of St. Elizabeth, Berkeley College, Mercer University, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Higher Impact Training and Counseling (HITC), Anger Management Institute, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and the Health Coach Institute.  

I have pursued extensive training and received clinical supervision in clinical pastoral education, clinical pastoral counseling, and psychotherapy to develop my skills and knowledge. I completed 12 months of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke's Counseling Center and Emory Center for Pastoral Services, followed by 18 months of clinical pastoral counseling and psychotherapy training at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, and 12 months at the Health Coach Institute (HCI).  

I have also served as a volunteer Chaplain and grief and loss counselor at Metro State Women's Prison for 3 1/2 years, and I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner. In addition to my pastoral training, I have studied music and law, which have influenced my work with clients. I worked for over nine years as a paralegal in family and contract law and volunteered in various outreach ministries before answering the call to ministry and becoming a full-time advocate for the voiceless, oppressed, and marginalized. 

My academic, professional training and personal life experiences provide me with a unique perspective to offer my clients. They allow me to understand and care for individuals who are hurting, distressed, broken, and struggling with relationships, life, and/or their identity. I use music in therapy, and my understanding of family law, religious doctrine, culture, and psychology enables me to offer holistic care.

In addition to operating my clinical practice, I have served as the Regional Director of Spirituality at Signature Healthcare and taught Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling within the Atlanta Theological Association (Candler School of Theology of Emory University, The Interdenominational Theological Centering, and Columbia Theological Seminary). Previously I served as an adjunct professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center where I taught Clinical Introduction to Psychology of Pastoral Care, Embodiment in Pastoral Care and Counseling: Theological Reflection on Dis/Ability, Marginalization, and Inclusion, and Womanist Theology.  My love of teaching, history, and culture allowed me the opportunity to teach American History: An African American Woman’s Perspective in Bangalore, India. Currently, I am an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University the College of Theology teaching Spirituality and Christian Values in Health Care and Wellness and Ethical and Spiritual Decision Making in Health Care and Ethics, Sociology, US Government, and Mass Communication at the Atlanta University of Health Sciences.  

I am a mentor in the RISE Together Mentorship Network, where I support and empower women of color who work in ministry. Also, I am a member of Selah, a group of African American ordained clergy women postgraduates who research self-care practices for women of color. Together with Selah, I co-authored Daughters of the Desert: The Journey Towards Letting Go, Surrendering, and Trusting God, which explores the voices of women of color and their relationship with God and community. We also wrote Selah: Reflections on Sabbath and Self-Care, which suggests ways of implementing self-care and rest. I have written several other publications, including "Pastoral Care with Addicted Persons," "Dealing with Habitual Sin: A Womanist Hermeneutic on the Theology of Sin," and "Developing Positive Self-Esteem in Black Children in Light of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade." I have also written for marriage.com. My other publications include Midwifing: A Womanist Approach to Pastoral Counseling, Investigating the Fractured Self, Slavery, Violence, and the Black Woman, From Trauma to Triumph: Devotional and Journal Towards Healing and Re-authoring, and Re-authoring Your Story: Re-name, Re-claim, Re-tell journal. Currently, I am working on a research project entitled The Sacred Text and the Human Text: The Power of Storytelling, among other research projects.

On a personal note, I am the proud daughter of Mary and sister of Myriam and Al’Tericke. I am married to Darcy and the mother of three beautiful adult children Fontashia, Asante, and Jacqueline.  

My sincere concern for those who are suffering, hurting, victimized, oppressed, and marginalized has always been at the forefront of my journey and work.  I am a dedicated professional who is committed to working with and empowering women, guiding couples and families, and creating a safe and sacred space where individuals who are suffering, hurting, victimized, oppressed, and marginalized can express and honor their voices without fear. I provide unwavering support and journey alongside individuals, couples, groups, and families who seek healing, wholeness, empowerment, and transformation. So, if you're looking for someone who can help you navigate life's challenges with confidence and compassion, look no further!

My motto is this quote from Isaiah:

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, 

because the Lord hath anointed me to 

preach good tiding unto the meek; God 

hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, 

to proclaim liberty to the 

captives, and the opening of the 

prison to them that are bound." 

- Isaiah 61:1