About Me

Certified Counsellor, Teacher & Author
B.Sc. Education, B.A. Psychology, Mcc. Christian Counselling, MTh.Theology

My Story

I was born in the beautiful Island of Jamaica in a small very rural community called Clarksonville in the parish of St Ann. I lived with my mother and father and six siblings; four brothers and two sisters until the age of thirteen. It was then my mother, three brothers and two sisters living together until we became adults and went our separate ways.

I attended the Clarksonville All Age School and Clarksonville Baptist Church in the same parish. At the age of 10 years old I sat the Common Entrance Examination, which was the National Examination at the time. I was successful and earned a place into the prestigious all girl’s institution; St. Hilda’s High School. Unfortunately, my family migrated to another part of the country and I had to attend a different high school. I was then accepted into another distinguished high school, Clarendon College by name, affectionately called,” The College”, where I completed my high school education.

I earned my first degree at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester Jamaica in Teacher Education. I later migrated to Canada where I earned three more degrees in Psychology, Counselling and Theology among other accomplishments.

I am blessed with two beautiful daughters, Sachel and Kaliela, and my only son, Claroy and his lovely wife. I currently reside in Toronto with my youngest daughter Kaliela.

My Education

Bachlor of Science, Teacher Education
Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica

Bachlor of Arts, Psychology
York University, Canada

Masters, Christian Counselling
Mt Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, New York

Masters, Theology
Mt Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, New York

My Specialties

  • Family Conflict
  • Stress
  • Domestic Violence

 

Why counseling is important …

I grew up in a society where I was taught directly and indirectly that only “crazy” people go to counselling, and even worse, a psychologist or psychiatrist. I watched peers, family members, neighbours, and even fellow teachers become anxious and stressed, and deteriorated rapidly to a place of no return to normality; only because counselling was  condemned and stigmatized. There is still a struggle in society regarding healing of the mind to change an individual by way of his or her emotions, for if it is not tangible they say, it cannot be dealt with. If you can’t see it and touch it, its not real.

I still feel hurt from remembering my neighbour’s son who started acting strangely. His parents were encouraged to take him to get counselling, “but he is not crazy,” they said, “he will be fine!” He evetually ended up in the garbage can by the wayside.

I also remember my student who was stressed and depressed. She felt like all hope was gone. I decided to counsel her, and years later she blossomed into a very stunning, healthy young woman. She graduated from university with first class honours and became one of the best teachers I have ever known.

A medical doctor takes care of the whole body, but there comes a time when they must refer people to see a specialist. The cardiologist for the heart, the podiatrist for the foot, the gynaecologist for the female reproductive system, the pediatrician for the kids, the neurologist for the brain, the dermatologist for skin, and the list goes on. So then who takes care of the mind, which is one of the most important part of the human makeup? If the mind is sick then the whole body can become sick! I believe that counselling can change the mind enough to keep an individual from seeing all these specialists.

Changes are inevitable, but we do not readily accept change because we love our comfort zones. We are thrown off balance when changes occur and we know what imbalance do to our minds, bodies and our lives. All we need in such times is God and the individual who will help to open the eyes of our understanding for us to see THE TRUTH which will set us free!