I'm a psychotherapist with international and local experience with trauma and poverty. I lived in Ukraine for 3 years where I did therapy with women who had been traumatized and worked with orphans and abandoned babies. For 6 years, I mothered traumatized teenage girls from the foster care system in the US. Seeing the impact of a consistent, caring adult in their lives juxtaposed to their peers who lacked this, I was inspired. Involvement in racial justice and reconciliation movements also informs my work.
I strive to improve the lives of the overlooked and help us all move #towardwholeness
Thanks, Jessie! A recent story from an Achiever match: First grade achiever, Z, was taken to a local state park. She was frozen in awe looking at the large pond. She had never seen one. At the 3Degrees pool party, she came with trepidation and no experience in the water. By the end of our 3 hours together, she was jumping in unassisted and very proud of her accomplishment. Her mentor has had to persevere to keep connection with her. Her family's phone has been shut off and number changed several times in a few short months. Both mentor and achiever are being transformed by the experience.