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Founder/Clinical Director of Sankofa Healing Studio
(She/Her/Hers Pronouns) Jacqui Johnson, a Somatic Social-Justice Art & Play Therapist+, prioritizes the need to bridge the Black mental health access gap while upending oppression within healing spaces. Her advanced training in multiple evidence-based modalities informs her unique holistic style blending Art, Play, Storytelling, Hip-Hop, Brainspotting, EMDR, and Energy-based practices. Jacqui is an educator who lectures widely, provides supervision, and consultation, and leads international initiatives that increase training accessibility to Therapists of Color.
Jacqui’s expertise and community work are rooted in the importance of gender and trauma-responsive care. She addresses head-on the complex intersectionality of adverse childhood experiences, race, community violence, and the (in)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 the Philadelphia county jail for women and incarcerated youth, addressing the unique challenges that individuals with trauma, compounded by incarceration, face. She believes that reclaiming our past, provides us with valuable knowledge to protect our future, while understanding and shifting our present condition.
*Perinatal Mental Health, Art Therapy, Child Trauma, Play Therapy, Hip-Hop Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Sound & Energy Healing, Reiki, Certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor, Educator, Supervisor, Approved EMDR & Brainspotting Consultant **Limited therapy slots**
(She/Her/Hers Pronouns) Selina is a graduate of Temple University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Movement. She is a huge proponent of all things wellness. Selina has a deeply rooted love for her community and the mental health of Black people. Selina's goal is to assist the community to a clearer headspace and a prosperous future with their mental health. Selina specializes in holistic integrative therapies that center the mind-body connection for deep healing. Selina provides intensive somatic sessions that can range from 2hrs and as long as 3-days retreat-style healing experiences.
*EMDR, Brainspotting, Reiki, Sound & Energy Healing, Certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor*
(She/Her/Hers Pronouns) Ricquel is a holistic and person-centered Trauma Counselor with a specialization in Art Therapy. She received her Master's in Community & Trauma Counseling at Jefferson University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Family, Children & Youth. Ricquel has experience working with all ages including children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. Her goal is to uplift the community, dismantle the negative views of mental health, and spread awareness about the benefits of art & psychotherapy in the Black community.
Ricquel strongly believes that art and creative expression are amazing tools to help people examine and understand traumatic experiences. Additionally, Art Therapy can improve overall well-being and contribute to lowering anxiety and stress.
*Expressive Arts Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting*
(She/Her pronouns) Sade Graves is a graduate of Temple University with a master’s degree in Social Work Health/Mental Health clinical concentration. As a licensed social worker, she is trained in trauma therapy and intervention for children and families. She completed her Advanced Child Trauma and Play Therapy Certification at Thomas Jefferson University. Sade’s clinical approach can best be described as a child and person-centered practice. She explores mental and emotional health using play therapy, cognitive behavioral interventions, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Sade is passionate about creating a safe and healing environment for children, adolescents, and families. Her therapeutic approach is creative and recognizes the power of play therapy in addressing the trauma from emotional, societal, and environmental stressors, as well as learning disabilities, brain injuries, and chronic health issues. She will meet you where you are and support you in your healing journey.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing chess, and spending time with her family.
*Child Trauma, Play Therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting*
(They/Them/Theirs Pronouns) Marcus is a graduate student in the Counseling and Mental Health Services Program at the University of Pennsylvania. They earned their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Originally from Baltimore, Marcus is excited to develop their professional and healing skills to serve the Black community and other historically dispossessed peoples. Their goal is to hold space for clients to work through traumatic experiences, set goals, and identify and amplify strengths.
Outside of therapy, Marcus loves biking, spending time in nature, dancing, and practicing dj'ing.
(She/Her/Hers Pronouns) Jasmine graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is now completing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. Her interest includes working with Black youth and families who have been impacted by systemic inequality. Jasmine blends Vinyasa Yoga, spirituality, and mental wellness within the Black community. When Jasmine is not holding space for internal healing through therapy, she uses her talents to promote radical self-acceptance for those who are on their hair loc journey.
(She/Her/Hers Pronouns) Trish Gilbert graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational, Development, and Leadership. She is currently completing her master's at Thomas Jefferson University Community Trauma Counseling with a specialization in Play Therapy. Trish uses an integrative person-centered approach tailored to each individual's needs. Her goal is to co-create holistic healing spaces. Trish fiercely advocates for greater mental health and wellness access for Black youth. Trish is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She is dedicated to supporting families through times of uncertainty.
*EMDR, Play Therapy*
She/Her Pronouns) Aliyah, originally from Pittsburgh, is a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology program at Temple University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Communications, Arts, & Sciences (CAS). Aliyah's passion is rooted in supporting marginalized populations with a specific focus on the Black community. Her integrative approach uplifts the community through advocacy and support while addressing the mental health impact of stress and difficult life circumstances. The goal is to promote healing, awareness, and an overall sense of well-being. When Aliyah is not working in a therapeutic space, she enjoys singing, writing poetry, and dancing/exercising.
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