Life, Health, & Wellness Coach
I received my educational training at the College of St. Elizabeth, Berkeley College, Mercer University, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Columbia Theological Seminary, Higher Impact Training and Counseling (HITC), Anger Management Institute, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also received a second master’s in clinical Psychopharmacology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
In my quest for learning, cultivating, and crafting my skills, I pursued additional extensive training in clinical pastoral education, and clinical pastoral counseling and psychotherapy. Completed 12 months of clinical pastoral education at St. Luke's Counseling Center and Emory Center for Pastoral Services; and 18 months of clinical pastoral counseling and psychotherapy training at Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, and 12 months at Health Coach Institute (HCI). Lastly, I served 3 1/2 years as a volunteer Chaplain and grief and loss counselor at Metro State Women's prison and am a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Additionally, I studied music and law that informs my work with clients. After working for nine plus years as a paralegal in the field of family and contract law, and volunteering in various outreach ministries I answered the call to ministry and began to work full-time in ministry serving and being an advocate for the voiceless, oppressed, and marginalized.
The integration of my academic, professional training, and personal life experiences grants me a unique lens to offer my clients. Together they permit me to have insight and understanding when caring and offering support to persons who are hurting, distressed, broken, and struggling with relationships, life, and/or their identity. Utilizing music in therapy, understanding family law, religious doctrine, and psychology provides me another aspect of holistic care.
In addition to operating my clinical practice I have also served as the 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). 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. 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 Americans Woman’s Perspective in Bangalore, India.
In addition to teaching I am a member of Selah, a group of African American ordained clergy women postgraduates researching self-care practices for women of color. I am the co-author (Selah) of Daughters of the Desert: The Journey Towards Letting Go, Surrendering, and Trusting God that explores the voices of women of color, their relationship to God, and community and Selah: Reflections on Sabbath and Self-Care explores ways to implement self-care and rest. I have also written "Pastoral Care with Addicted Persons," and "Dealing with Habitual Sin: A Womanist Hermeneutic on the Theology of Sin," and writes for marriage.com. My publication Midwifing: A Womanist Approach to Pastoral Counseling, Investigating the Fractured Self, Slavery, Violence, and the Black Woman and currently working on several other research and academic publishing 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 children Fontashia, Asante, and Jacqueline.
My genuine concern for those who are suffering, hurting, victimized, oppressed, and marginalized have been at the center of my journey and work and I'm committed to working with and empowering women, guiding couples and families, and creating a safe space where persons who are suffering, hurting, victimized, oppressed, and marginalized can express and honor their voice individually or collectively. I desire to provide support and journey with individuals, couples, groups, and families who seek healing, wholeness, empowerment, and transformation.
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