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In the Spirit of Uhisani Watu

In the Swahili language Uhisani Watu means to give back. It is an African based tenant I teach and live by. It encompasses concepts of philanthropy and giving back to the village and understanding the power of the collective whole. In the spirit of this deep seated cultural principal, I have spent a lifetime achieving my goals so that I could give back, share, influence, and inspire others.

Master's Degree in Psychology

I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chico State University graduating with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Butte County Behaviorial Health

I worked at Butte County Behavioral Health for 17 years. During this course of time I had the pleasure of working full time with at risk children, youth and families in the Wrap Around Program.

Therapy & Counseling Work

  • Provided therapy to couples, individuals and families from a strength based approach.
  • Lead clinician for the African-American with work with the WRAP around program for Connecting Circles of Care.
  • Worked with the crisis stabilization unit as a clinician for individually within immediate crisis situation.
  • Worked for Psychiatrist Health Facility counseling clients with acute mentally health diagnosis.

Providing individual, group, and/or family counseling to those with mental health issues

I worked in behavioral health for the past 12 years. During this course of time I experienced the many facets of mental health and how it affects the individual as well as the family. In this experience I learned that the foundation of helping families who suffer from mental illness is establishing trust and rapport. Building a therapeutic alliance with the family conditions them in a manor that facilitates growth even when growth can sometimes be painful. I found that this alliance is effective and facilitates moments of enlightenment and self discovery. The stigma behind mental illness can be embarrassing. I found that being able to empathize with this shame helps the client to understand that they are not the only one who suffers from mental illness. I continue to be amazed by the value unconditional care and positive regard in helping clients to mange their own personal lives matters.

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