SEBI Diversity Fellowship Program
The Southeast Brainspotting Institute (SEBI) is entering our
second year of the SEBI Diversity Fellowship Program for Behavioral Health
Professionals. Due to overwhelming success and support during our
inaugural year, the program is able to administer ten (10) Fellowships in 2022
valued at $1000.00 each for Behavioral Health Professionals who commit to
learning and expanding the understanding of Brainspotting and supporting people
toward making life-changing breakthroughs in underserved
a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a professional community to
help expand the understanding of Brainspotting and supporting therapists that work with underserved populations. SEBI is committed to the
behavioral health needs of all Americans, regardless of language or
culture. The aim of the SEBI Diversity Fellowship is to increase
community access to Brainspotting professionals in underserved communities and
reduce mental health treatment disparities for underserved communities.
SEBI Diversity Fellows demonstrate an active commitment to diverse
and underserved populations, an interest in providing diversity-informed
trauma-informed care, and an expressed desire to learn Brainspotting techniques
to assist in serving diverse and specific underserved high-need groups.
These groups include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, gender,
sexual orientation or gender groups, emergency first responders, or military
personnel and their families. The Fellowship increases the number of
trained Brainspotting professionals who provide direct services to diverse and
Congratulates First Cohort of Fellows
congratulate our first cohort of Fellows and are excited to introduce
them to you! We welcome Stephanie Barbee, DeShelle Burrowes, Ashley Gorrell, Marquita Heyward, and Candice White. 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.
Stephanie Barbee is the founding therapist at Spectrum of Healing, LLC. which specializes in Black adults across the gender and sexual identity spectrum. Stephanie seeks to help overcome trauma symptoms of low self-worth, suppressed anger, and feeling “invisible” by holding a sacred space with a limited number of clients. She also hosts workshops/training, speaking engagements, and does course creation and consulting. Stephanie has worked in perinatal mental health, parent coaching, parenting skills training, and within child welfare supporting families formed through foster care and adoption, as well as the school system and early childhood education.
DeShelle Burrowes, NCC, LPC, CLC completed her Masters’ of Arts
program in 2017. She is a Sex Therapy and Trauma trained Psychotherapist. It
was a goal of hers going into the Counseling profession to be able to support
women through their traumas, including their sexual traumas due to her own
history of sexual trauma. She realized early on that many womxn struggle with
some type of trauma and how life changing it can be for generations to come if
it is not dealt with properly.
became trained in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in 2018 and began
supporting expecting and new mothers and families through the Perinatal and
Postpartum Stages. In December 2018, she became the South Atlanta Coordinator
for Postpartum Support International, LLC where she connects Moms and families
to resources, provides additional support and counseling. She also provides a
monthly support group for expecting and new Mothers on the 1st Saturday of
every month since Nov 2019. She is always trying to recognize additional
resources for the 8 counties that she coordinates so that mothers have local
resources to lean on when needed. She sits on the Board of the Perinatal Mental
Health Alliance for People of Color (PMHA-POC) where she is the Director of
Volunteer Involvement and Outreach and recently joined the Training Committee
for the PSI-GA assisting in creating information to be dispensed throughout the
GA Community encouraging Birthworkers and Dr’s assisting new mothers in
identifying PMADs, understanding the importance of having counselors accessible
to the families that they serve.
is also the owner of The Pathway to Wellness, LLC a Counseling and Coaching
private practice that supports womxn through life transitions, including but
not limited to Motherhood, Anxiety and Trauma related issues. She opened her
practice in the height of the pandemic realizing that Mothers needed a safe
place to go to process and be heard during difficult times which became more
pronounced in the pandemic. She has always offered virtual and in person
sessions to ensure that womxn have a comfortable environment to feel supported
DeShelle is the new Rape Crisis Therapist for the Grady Rape Crisis Center.
There she supports many survivors through one of the most difficult experiences
of their life. She works closely with the patients during the collection of
their Rape Kits and invites them to follow up with therapy via a one-one
session provides additional resources to aid the survivors when needed.
Ashley Gorrell, CSW graduated from WKU with a Master's Degree in Social Work in 2017. Ashley chose this field of social work to extend the help, love and support to others in need, as once done for her. She hopes that through her work she can help individuals reduce stress, manage anxiety and depression in a healthier manner and work on educating individuals that we serve about mental health, trauma and substance abuse and how it affects our whole person. Ashley has spent her career working in substance abuse , mental health and serving rural populations. Ashley is excited to learn about brain spotting and how she can utilize it in her practice.
Marquita R. Heyward holds a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Psychology and a Master of Art Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling
from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of
South Carolina, Marquita approaches counseling
with passion. Her clients learn to make personal changes for a brighter and
hopeful future. In her employment counseling services at Firm Foundations
Counseling & Wellness, LLC, Marquita uses the therapeutic partnership
approach. This approach is effective for supporting the therapist’s desire to
uncover personal resources in adults, children, young adults, and families, as
it is a meaningful method for sorting through issues. Further, Marquita
incorporates principles from a solution-focused approach, cognitive-behavioral
techniques, and experiential modalities. With a remarkable attention to client
care, her services have attracted clients interested in her area of specialty:
childhood behavioral issues, effective parenting, addressing mood disorders,
self-esteem remedies, women issues, eating disorders and body image concerns.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters,
creating arts and craft products, and experiencing new challenges.
Candice White is a licensed master social worker with 15 years of youth program experience. Candice obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and master’s degree at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Throughout her career, Candice has created and launched programming for various nonprofits, which provided new skills to youth and engaged volunteers from all walks of life. She has also practiced as a youth and career coach. After seeing many of the mental health challenges that are presented in young people, Candice shifted her career to focus on practicing psychotherapy and developing programs in psychoeducation. She recently joined a private practice, Baobab Counseling Center and looks forward to taking on the task of healing work and mental health education, particularly in the Black community. Becoming trained in Brainspotting is truly a dream come true, as she believes it can address and treat the multiple layers of generational trauma in her community. Outside of her career, Candice has served as a volunteer lead and member for various organizations, such as Girl Scouts and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. When she is not in service, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, crafting, traveling, and all things involving the arts (music, digital design, etc.). Candice currently resides in Roswell with her husband and three daughters.