Lourdes (she/her) provides birth support and doula services. She is an Aquarius moon and School Counselor / Activist / Dreamer by day, has been fascinated with birthing since childhood. She recalls daydreaming about communal gatherings and rituals related to major life events, including birth. Recently, she learned that her paternal grandmother died of prolonged and pervasive postpartum depression, affirming her connection to — and passion for — the work. Her people are from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean by way of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Her people dwell in Uptown NYC and the Bronx. They are the students and families from Bushwick, Brownsville and East New York that she’s blessed to work with. Her people are light-workers, wanderers, activists, love-makers, and joy-creators. Lourdes’ practice is rooted in curiosity, love, light and shadow.
Osvaldo Cruz, Jr.
Osvaldo Cruz Jr., LMSW (he/him) is a Licensed Social Worker who identifies as a Puerto Rican Cis-Gender Male. He received his Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Osvaldo practices with an anti-racist, client-centered, strength-based approach and has special training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has experience in providing psychotherapy to individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA); and children, teens, and families grappling with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. Osvaldo’s therapeutic approach consist of an eclectic use of different methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
Davion Currithers, LMSW (he/him) was born and raised in Jamaica. Davion enjoys working with families as a unit to support the progress of his clients and has seen much success with this approach. Davion, in his work with families, uses an eclectic approach in counseling as he believes all clients are different, which calls for different approaches. Davion has been working as a Social worker for over six years. His experiences include school teacher, child welfare, school social worker and youth pastor. Davion has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and Guidance and Counseling. He also has his Masters in Social Work.
Tracy Evelyn, LMSW (she/her) is first generation Caribbean American. Born in Brooklyn, NY to a Trinidadian father and Barbadian (Bajan) mother. Tracy received her Bachelors of Social Work as well as her Masters of Social Work from Stony Brook University. Tracy has a wealth of experience working with the special needs population and is invested in helping parents/guardians of special needs children accept and embrace them. She is passionate about building self worth, confidence, optimizing one's potential and capabilities while minimizing anxiety and depression. She utilizes mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy to transform one's perspective and promote brain health.
Lyrica Fils-Aimé, LCSW-R, RPT-S, (she/her) was born in Haiti to a white Kreyòl-speaking mother and Haitian father. The convergence of these two very different backgrounds has informed Lyrica's experiences with identity with every step that she takes in life. Lyrica went to University of Richmond for her Bachelor's, NYU for Social Work and Fordham for Non-Profit Leadership. Her goal is to increase the number of BIPOC mental health clinicians in private practice. Lyrica works with organizations to initiate or improve their Diversity, Belonging, Equity and Inclusion practices and remove harmful aspects of White Organizational Culture. Lyrica specializes in working through ancestral trauma and exploring ancestral wisdom.
Keisha Jones, LMSW (she/her) is a Bronx native whose passion for social work and therapy was sparked by her grandmother, a teacher, and her mother, a caretaker of the developmentally disabled. Keisha witnessed their work and impact on the community and strives to uphold their legacy of support and healing through her own work. Her experience includes child welfare, criminal justice, and homelessness specializing in grief, trauma, anxiety and depression. Keisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and her Master of Social Work from Hunter College, City of New York.
Emilija Karastanovic, LMSW, (she/her) was born first generation Montenegrin- American. Both her mother and father were born in Montenegro and came shortly after the Yugoslavian War started. Her background in interdisciplinary studies and experience of both cultures has helped shape her identity as an anti-oppressive social worker. Emilija has extensive knowledge and involvement as a childcare worker which aided her completion of her Master of Social Worker at New York University. Emilija specializes in working with white parents of Black and Brown children and working with adopted children who are struggling in school, self-esteem, and in relationships.
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Pi-lòn/Pee- lÒn is Haitian Kreyòl for “mortar and pestle.” Mortars and pestles or Pilòns are traditionally used in many cultures to mix medicines or foods for healing and for sustenance.
The 'pilòn' signifies the healing of our people.
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