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SEBI Diversity Fellowship Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Indian River Community Foundation and the Schoewe Family Foundation, along with our donors and fundraisers, the program will provide twelve (12) Fellowships for Behavioral Health Professionals who commit to learning and expanding their understanding of Brainspotting in order to serve and support people from historically marginalized or underserved communities toward experiencing life-changing healing, growth, and transformation.

SEBI is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a professional community that expands the understanding and empowered application of Brainspotting. SEBI is committed to the behavioral health needs of all Americans, and the aim of the SEBI Diversity Fellowship is to reduce mental health treatment disparities by increasing access to a diverse pool of knowledgeable, talented and committed Brainspotting professionals.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate an active commitment to serving historically marginalized and/or underserved populations. Applicants must also have a significant interest in leveraging Brainspotting to provide culturally-relevant, trauma-informed care to high need populations. This includes-but is not limited to-groups who have experienced significantly high levels of unmet needs or historical marginalization due to their race, ethnic/cultural background, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, emergency first responder experience or military/veteran status.

The ultimate goal of the Fellowship is to increase the number of trained Brainspotting professionals who provide direct services to diverse and historically underserved populations.

SEBI Congratulates THIRD Cohort of Fellows

We congratulate our third cohort of Fellows and are excited to introduce them to you! We welcome Ariel Bracey, Ya'Ron Brown, Jennifer Ladd, Nkrumah Lewis, Reena Patel, Shannon Smith, Keyaisha Thomas, Mary Angelyn Vaughan, Rebecca Vicente, LaTonya Washington, Dianna Williams, and Tiara Woney. Our Fellows are completing their Brainspotting training and already beginning to bring Brainspotting to their communities. They will be sharing updates with you as they continue this journey. Please see their bios for more information on them and the communities they serve.

Ariel Bracey

Ariel Bracey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Therapist with 7+ years of experience. Ariel has been brought into the practice with her educational foundation starting at the University of West Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2015, and cushioned further through her attendance at the University of South Florida, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2018. Ariel is passionate in working with children, teens, young adults, families, and couples predominantly within communities of color and LGBTQ+ community. Ariel Specific specialization and experience addressing intergenerational trauma, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, life changes, pre/post adoption, childhood trauma, inner child work, parenting/family dynamics and young millennials navigating the journey of adulthood.

Ariel utilizes creative and individualized, innovative and evidenced-based approaches that strengthen and empower her clients she encounters to reach their full potential. In addition, Ariel has developed a rhythm within her craft by taking a strength and client-based approach that is rooted in the belief that every person, child and family has everything within them to make change; all that is needed is psychoeducation, guidance, and support to make it happen.

Ariel life's passion and mission is helping all clients, especially clients of color heal, become empowered in themselves, and live the life that they've always desired and deserved within the therapeutic realm. Ariel’s motto is your “healing is deserved” and regardless of what brings you through her office, she is here to support you in your journey in becoming the best version of yourself. 

Ya'Ron Brown

Ya’Ron's philosophy is rooted in driving people and companies to purpose. With over 15 years of experience as a therapist, supervisor, instructor and consultant, Ya'Ron has made it his purpose to help those who desire an ability to solve the issue of integration of their professional and personal lives in order to maximize aspirations. He is one of the most dynamic speakers today regarding mental health, male wellness, and relational growth.

As a Clinical Supervisor, Ya'Ron helps clinicians-in-training enhance the quality of their therapeutic services by ensuring that they are providing effective treatment, adhering to ethical and professional standards, and taking care of their own well-being. Ya'Ron guides new and experienced clinicians to hone in on their purpose within the vast field of mental health.

Through his work in the educational system and community, Ya’Ron was given the opportunity to work with local companies to help their employees with their work/life balance and help increase productivity by helping them develop a relational connection. He has been able to help numerous companies develop a better game plan to maximize their human capital. Currently, as a Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and relational expert, Ya’Ron works with Fortune 500 companies to help them become more Emotionally Intelligent and Relational as a company to usher in greater success.

His keynotes, seminars, and workshops have inspired and informed thousands of people both nationally and internationally. Ya’Ron blends his diverse teaching experience, professional counseling, relational wellness and Emotional Intelligence background to create a unique experience for all who attend; delivering hands-on practical ideas, specific implementation practices and providing both individuals and companies a way to obtain tangible results. 

Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd (she/they) is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She/They works with a great group of counselors at Prairieville Counseling and Wellness Center located in Louisiana. 

She/They is a level 1 Brainspotting therapist who works with adults and adolescents.  Jennifer leads an adolescent support group for LGBTQAIP+ youth.  Her/Their areas of focus are LGBTQAIP+ and concerns (including gender dysphoria, gender exploration & gender transition), trauma recovery and grief support. She/They utilizes an existential approach to therapy that incorporates mindfulness based practices. Jennifer's practice is non-judgmental, trauma-informed, and collaborative in an effort to cultivate trust, safety, and respect. Jennifer values all dimensions of human diversity and is an accomplice to the LGBTQAIP+ community. 

Jennifer has presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference in 2020 & 2021 and The Holy Cross Ethic’s Conference in 2021 & 2022.  Topics included: Social Media and Grief, Applying Ethics and Reducing Risk in Trauma Treatment, Uncovering Bias, and The Effect of Covid-19 on Grief Experiences. 

In her/their free time she/they enjoys reading, practicing yoga, taking care of plants and animals, being outside in nature and spending time with her/their dog, Levi.

Nkrumah Lewis

N. D’Angelo Lewis is a Psychotherapist operating NuMind Therapeutic Interventions, PLLC in Greensboro, NC. He began his career as a direct care provider to neurodivergent and dually diagnosed children and adolescents in separatist educational and residential treatment facilities. He rose quickly to the level of supervising clinician.

Subsequent to obtaining his doctorate, he spent eight (8) years in higher education as a professor of sociology and in service of the University of North Carolina’s General Administration as a Program Evaluator. He also served the Center for Community Safety in Winston Salem, NC as a Faculty Researcher. After retiring early, Dr. Lewis returned to his first love, which was mental health. He specializes in trauma of all typologies, provides couples and marital counseling, as well as holistic and neuroplasticity interventions to neurodivergent children and adolescents.

Dr. Lewis a honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a native North Carolinian by way of Durham, NC. He was educated at UNC Greensboro (B.A) in sociology, NC A&T State University (M.S.) in adult education, Virginia Tech (Ph.D.) in sociology, Chicago Theological Seminary (M.A.) in religious studies, and Jackson State University (MSW) in social work. Dr. Lewis is trained in Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Professing Therapy (CPT). Now with a total of seven (7) years in mental health to his name, his aspiration is to acquire certification in Brainspotting and focus his therapeutic efforts on Veterans and Civil Servants with PTSD and those navigating intensive and complicated traumas.

Reena Patel

(LCSW) who earned her MA in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India which was instrumental in shaping her view of social work as a force for change. She most recently served as the Director of Education and Training at the Trauma Resource Institute, an organization that aims to provide wellness skills to all communities through neuroscience and resiliency focused education. Reena has also had the honor of working as a therapist on a military base in Naples, Italy, a community-based and equine therapist with two tribal nations, and with individuals, youth and families who are unhoused in Tucson and San Diego. She has also served as a Faculty Associate for ASU School of Social Work. Reena's belief about mental health as a human right can be summed up by Murri activist and artist Lila Watson: "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you've come here because you believe your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

Reena’s experiences as a clinician and social worker in a wide variety of settings has reinforced the importance of having access to therapeutic modalities that work with the body and brain and can be adapted to meet the unique needs of the person seeking relief from trauma. As a first generation Indian American, Reena also hopes to bring Brainspotting to the South Asian community, specifically individuals who have experienced gender-based violence. Reena lives in Chandler, AZ and is the owner of Praxis Therapy and Community Collaborative, LLC, a practice that focuses on access to mind-body interventions for individuals, groups and communities. Reena also loves to draw, hike, spend time with her spouse, and be a mom to her two sons.

Shannon Smith

Shannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Approved Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor in private practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before beginning her career in counseling, Shannon worked in the field of victim services for 15 years, serving as a professional victim advocate in five different states and speaking on a local and national level about the effects of sexual violence. Advocacy continues to be an integral part of her personal and professional identity, and she provides supportive services to victim advocacy agencies focused on the effects of vicarious trauma and on the prevention of burnout.

Shannon practices individual, couples/triads, and group therapy with adolescents, adults, and families, with special interests in post-trauma intervention, identity development, LGBTQIAP+ concerns, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, mindfulness, men’s mental health, and treatment for problem sexual behavior. Her approach to counseling is client-centered, trauma-informed, and rooted in social justice.

Shannon is the 2022-2024 President of SAIGE-LA, a division of the Louisiana Counseling Association dedicated to promoting equity and inclusion of counselors and counseling students with diverse sexual, affectional, and gender identities, as well as to promoting the professional development of counselors and others to ensure that LGBTQIAP+ individuals receive ethical, culturally-inclusive, liberating services that attend to all aspects of their intersectional identities.

Keyaisha Thomas

Keyaisha is a first generation college graduate who attended THE Xavier University of Louisiana and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Keyaisha holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Prairie View A&M University as well as a masters degree in counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University. Keyaisha is currently completing her licensure hours to become a licensed professional counselor in the state of Colorado. Keyaisha currently works for a business psychology firm and has a contract with Denver School of Science and Technology in which she is the sole clinician for the faculty and staff of all 16 campuses. On the weekends, Keyaisha performs level ofcare assessments as an emergency behavioral health clinician for a psychiatric hospital.

Throughout her career Keyaisha has worked in multiple settings including,but not limited to:clinical settings, community settings, substance abuseclinics, non profit agencies and higher education. Keyaisha thoroughly enjoys working with forensic populations and has aniche for assessments. Keyaisha enjoys being a panelist as well as a facilitator and participant of mental health panels and enjoys facilitatingconflict resolution sessions.

Keyaisha has limitless career plans and does not plan on stopping any time soon. She aspires to transform the lives of others, increaserepresentation, resources and awareness for diverse populations and shift the narrative surrounding mental health stigmas viaculturally competent care that is intentional, impactful and transformative.

In her free time Keyaisha enjoys traveling the globe, reading, cooking and learning new things.

Angelyn Vaughan

Angelyn Vaughan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed School Social Worker. She is a certifiedTrauma Informed Yoga Therapistand Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. She received her Master of Social Work at the University of Memphis in 2016 and was a recipient of the Mid-South Social Work Professional Development Initiative Fellowship.

Angelyn has provided services in rural and urban settings among a diverse group of clients, including underserved populations. Angelyn has experience working in multiple settings including crisis assessment, community-based mental health, outpatient mental health, and the public school system in Memphis, TN. Angelyn has served as a strong advocate for increasing access to mental health in the public school system and in the communities she serves. She is a registered provider and participant in the Star Behavioral Health Providers program, which connects military service members and their families with licensed behavioral health professionals who have received specialized training. She also provides services to clients in the LGBTQIA+ community and, as someone who lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, has a special interest in treating clients dealing with chronic pain/illness.

Angelyn is passionate about providinghigh-quality care, especially to those who have experienced trauma. She utilizes a strengths-based, holistic approach focusing on both physical and mental health. As an academic, a clinician, and an artist she is interested in acquiring new skills, particularlyinnovative and alternativetreatment modalities. Brainspotting will allow her to offer this specialized treatment to her clients.

Rebecca Vicente

Dr. Vicente has her Doctorate of Education in Human Services from Nova Southeastern University as well as a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Family Trauma Professional, Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Informed Counseling, as well as a Certified School Social Worker, Certified Shamanic Practitioner and Certified Death Doula. While, she currently works for a university as a Clinic Coordinator and Lecturer full-time, she also works with clients privately through her own healing arts center, Spirit of Hathor, LLC.

Dr. Vicente began her career journey as a Crisis Intervention Specialist in New York City, then moved on to become a Psychiatric Emergency Screener and Children's Specialist in New Jersey for over 10 years. Dr. Vicente has worked in both suburban and urban school districts and universities as a School Social Worker and has been in private practice, specializing in children and adolescents in the areas of trauma and grief integration, LGBTQIA+ issues, diversabilities, spirituality and indigenous healing practices in mental health.

Dr. Vicente has been part of the Bergen County Trauma Response Team and specialized in Trauma and Grief Recovery having been trained by the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA), FEMA and Maureen Underwood's "Getting On After Loss (GOALs)" program where she ran a group for children who lost parents to the 9/11 attacks.

In her spare time, Dr. Vicente enjoys participating in her own spiritual self-work through the shamanic healing arts. She enjoys laughing, singing, music, meditation, shamanism, going to the beach during any season, coffee and Autumn. She is a self-described “pumpkin spice enthusiast” and scoffs at the idea that it is a seasonal flavor. She also believes that her love of potato chips, chap stick and cheese may border on a slight obsession. Above all, she loves being a mom to her 15 y/o son. Dr. Vicente infuses these passions into her work, often using holistic approaches to her treatment methods

Dianna N. Williams

Dianna’s journey of obtaining her passion for helping individuals and families began early. Being born into a Colombian family while raised as a first-born American citizen comes with unique challenges. Those experiences molded her next steps to be the first in her family to pursue and successfully graduate from college; she earned her bachelor's degree in architecture and psychology (there is an explanation for that concoction, promise).Dianna has often found herself working in the non-profit realm serving those in marginalized communities, and the desire to help those communities on a deeper level sparked then.

Dianna decided to pursue counseling a few years after entering the working world and graduated in 2017 with her master’s in counseling. After that, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor, worked in private and non-profit settings, and recently decided to build on her private practice, Pathway to Rediscovery Counseling Services. Dianna is a bilingual counselor specializing in working with the Spanish-speaking population, first-generation students, and those who have experienced trauma. She is passionate about working with youth and young adults from the BIPOC community. She strives to help them build confidence and better equip themselves to maneuver in this world. She helps them realize they can make change regardless of their past, learn to find love within, and avoid the traps that often lead to toxic relationships. She respects working with those wanting to heal from generational cycles, helping them foster strong, healthy relationships with themselves and their communities.

Dianna loves Jesus and incorporates His principles into her everyday life as best she can, with a desire to be a vessel to do His work to serve and create a safe space for healing for those that come to her. During her free time, she loves to be in the company of her loving husband, whom she has been married to for more than a decade, exploring new places, learning, and immersing herself in the beauty of nature.

LaTonya Washington

LaTonya P. Washington is a dedicated and accomplished independent Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-S) and Board-approved Social Work Supervisor based in the state of Alabama.  LaTonya earned both her Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) from The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Before her fulfilling journey as a therapist, she spent nearly a decade as a health care social worker and leader. Her proudest accomplishment included designing and implementing social work-led family meetings in ICU settings, a transformational endeavor that led to dedicated ICU social workers in the UAB Health System, enhancing psychosocial support for patients and families during challenging times.

As a registered telehealth provider in the state of Florida, LaTonya seamlessly embraces the digital realm to bring her exceptional therapeutic services to a broader audience. She enjoys working as a therapist at Included Health, an innovative inclusive virtual care clinic, where she fosters a nurturing environment for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including African Americans, Latinx, Indian people, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Her practice extends compassionately to those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, where she addresses an array of concerns, from various trauma experiences (birth trauma, childhood trauma, sexual trauma, betrayal trauma, racial trauma, intergenerational trauma) to relationship conflicts, domestic abuse and violence, narcissistic abuse, infidelity, divorce/breakup, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and work-related stress.

She also serves as a contracted educational consultant, coach, and dynamic group facilitator. Her expertise is particularly valued in her role as a group facilitator for fertility and menopause drop-in support groups at Maven Clinic, a virtual haven for women and their families seeking comprehensive care. 

LaTonya's dedication extends beyond the therapy room. Passionate about education, LaTonya teaches as an adjunct instructor for the University of Alabama School of Social Work. As a public speaker, workshop facilitator, and webinar presenter, she shares her insights on essential topics such as self-care, achieving work-life balance, overcoming burnout, and navigating vicarious trauma. She's also the author of the LinkedIn blog "Juggling it All: Work Life Wins," where busy professionals can learn actionable tips on finding their ideal work life blend. Additionally, LaTonya has served as an expert content contributor for respected publications like Choosing Therapy, Paired, Best Life, and Mindbody Green. Her articles cover an array of subjects including dating, infidelity, cultivating healthy relationships, and coping with menopause and the grief related to infertility.

LaTonya's commitment to professional growth is evident in her extensive training history. She completed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) training with Dr. Stephen Hayes through ACT Grassroots Bootcamp in 2014. She also pursued Gottman Couples Therapy Method Level I training, received Geriatrics training through the John A. Hartford Foundation as a Hartford Washington Fellow in 2009, and later became a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Geriatric Faculty Scholar in 2016. 

LaTonya is driven by a vision to become a Brainspotting Certified Practitioner, aiming to establish a private practice centered on offering exclusive Brainspotting therapy and intensives. Her focus remains resolute on serving the BIPOC community, as well as individuals from underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. 

LaTonya currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL where she enjoys being the “glam-ma” of her first grandson, spending time with family, cooking for family & friends and traveling as much as possible.

Tiara Woney

Tiara Woney grew up in The Bronx, NY. She moved to South Carolina in 2015 to pursue her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Converse College. Tiara also has a BA in Family & Consumer Science with a concentration in Human Development & Family Studies and a minor in Student Personnel & Counseling from Queens College in Flushing, NY. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior at Capella University.

Tiara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in South Carolina and has been a Mental Health Counselor at Wofford College since April 2020. She also does contract work with Anchoring Within, LLC a private practice in Spartanburg, SC that serves many diverse populations. Prior to this she worked for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health as a School-Based Therapist in Gaffney, SC.

Tiara has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Brainspotting (Phase I) and she is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tiara also serves on the Board of Directors for the Emerge Family Therapy Center & Teaching Clinic which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to train therapists, provide quality affordable counseling and strengthen our community.

Her goal as a therapist is to be a support for others in the way that her first therapist was for her. To help guide people to the solutions within them by asking them the right questions and exploring the root causes for their current struggles. Her approach is usually collaborative and may vary based on clients' needs because no two clients are the same.

Tiara also enjoys competing in pageants in her spare time and using the pageant platform she created Eradicate & Embrace, to encourage ending the stigma of mental health in the Black community while normalizing therapy for all.

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