Lydia is an immigrant from Haiti, where mental health is a taboo subject. However, most of the cultural practices often have negative impacts on the children's mental health which manifest into adulthood. As she got older, she knew that’s the field she wanted to be in to help people like her. Lydia received her Master’s in Social Work; she worked with substance abuse clients in an in-patient setting providing one-on-one counseling and group counseling. She used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to aid in developing coping skills. Lydia hopes that she can use her education and experience to support others in their mental health journey. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, event planning, and loves watching movies.
Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open. — Steven Aitchison