Executive Staff

Bernice Patterson, PhD

Chief Executive Officer/Founder

Dr. Bernice Patterson is passionate about seeing the worlds of psychology and spirituality come together to speak to the real and relevant needs of the people and organizations that she serves.

Education:

Western Michigan University: Doctorate of Counseling Psychology

Wheaton College: Master of Clinical Psychology

University of Michigan: Bachelors of Psychology

Licensed and Ordained Clergy Member

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Bio

As a psychologist and consultant, I am passionate about being able to give voice to the mental and emotional trauma that is a result from facing systemic racism daily, while also addressing the common feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that result from being a part of an oppressive system of division and hate.

 

Know without a shadow of doubt that you have value, you have a voice, and you are allowed to show up. These three core truths are at the heart of my work. I partner with organizations and their staff to gain a deeper understanding of themselves as an individual and within community. By embracing a dynamic person-centered approach that works from a cultural humility lens, I am able to partner with clients to do the difficult but necessary “heart” work that is the foundation to long term and sustainable personal and organizational growth

Clinical Specialties:

Adoption / Foster Care Issues

Anxiety Disorders

Grief and Loss

Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)

PTSD / Trauma / Sexual Abuse

Spiritual / Religious Issues

Consultation Specialties:

Self Care & Wellness Development

Mental Health & Spirituality

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Public Speaking

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Jamila Gaskins, MA

Chief Operating Officer

Jamila K. Gaskins, she/her, is an equity-minded, justice oriented, trauma-informed, coach, consultant, speaker. Her life’s work is devoted to freedom and living in a way that doesn’t violate the truth of who she is, or who you are, but honors and celebrates everyone's uniqueness.

Education:

Antioch University - MA, Urban Sustainability 

Kalamazoo College - BA, Theater and Communications

Eastern Mennonite University - Training in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience 

Bio

As a coach, Jamila holds space for and believes in a vision for women to live fully integrated, resilient lives. Together, Jamila and her client's clear the static and noise to hear and honor their unique, powerful voices, align with their guiding principles, and take action to claim and create a life of freedom, joy, agency, and connection.


As a consultant and speaker, she partners with organizations to co-create more inclusive, equitable workplaces. She utilizes a platform of storytelling, relationship building and interconnectedness to advance learning, and to celebrate and design better organizations.

 

She believes a world of equity, justice, care, and wellbeing is possible. We must imagine it and choose it, then be intentional in how we live and work in relationship with ourselves and others.