Founder of Sankofa Healing Studio
Social-Justice Art Therapist who specializes in trauma-specific treatment within marginalized communities using a holistic approach. Jacqui integrates art, story-telling, parts of self, and body sensations, using EMDR and Brainspotting, to create healing-centered spaces. Jacqui meets people where they are and walks with them to where they dream using strength-based interventions and affirmations to foster healing and change. Jacqui provides Consultation to newly trained EMDR and Brainspotting clinicians seeking certification.
Looking beyond the adage that hurt people hurt others, Jacqui passionately believes that healed people have the power and desire to heal entire communities. Fueled by her passion and dedication as a change agent, Jacqui uses community artivism to disrupt the cycles of social injustices and challenge individuals and organizations to become love-centered and anti-oppressive. She provides local and national training workshops on the importance of gender-responsiveness and trauma-specific care within the legal system. She facilitates trauma/resiliency workshops in the community that addresses racial, inter-generational, and community trauma. Jacqui believes that to eradicate myths related to mental health in the Black community, we must first name it and then replace it with culturally relevant services. She addresses head-on the complex intersectionality of adverse childhood experiences, race, and the criminal justice system.
This belief is what led her to work with people within the criminal justice system. Jacqui developed and facilitates trauma-responsive art therapy groups at Riverside Correctional Facility, the Philadelphia county jail for women. The art therapy group addresses the unique challenges that women with trauma, compounded by incarceration, face. Some of the topics include the process of trauma, power and abuse, grounding and self-soothing skills, and healthy relationships. She believes that reclaiming our past, provides us with valuable knowledge to protect our future, while understanding and shifting our present condition.
In partnership with I'm FREE (Females Reentering Empowering Each Other), Jacqui also co-facilitated a trauma-informed and gender-responsive empowerment training that offers guidance for women prior to and immediately upon release from the prison system.
I am a 2020 Hampton University graduate, from Silver Spring Maryland. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. I have also recently obtained my certification as a yoga instructor. I am strongly passionate about improving the holistic health of the African American community as it relates to healing trauma. I am currently interested in how transgenerational trauma relates as well as what it may look like regarding somatic therapy. I love to read and write during my free time and I have an appreciation for the healing properties of yoga, meditation, and a plant-based way of living.
I graduated from the illustrious North Carolina A&T State University in 2020 with my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I relocated from Charlotte, NC to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. While participating in a multitude of community service events and focusing on encouraging adolescents in becoming their best selves, I have developed a passion for being an advocate for children. I am driven to create spaces for the African American community to heal from intergenerational trauma. I support people in navigating through their experiences. In my free time, I enjoy indulging in creative hobbies such as painting, editing videos, learning new hairstyles, and I am currently learning the techniques of nail design.