Meet Mental Health & Wellness Expert Contributor: Coach Debbie Motivates

“Leadership is not a state of privilege; Leadership is a state of service.”

Coach Debbie Motivates is a Freedom Coach, Holistic Therapist, and Mental Health Advocate. She is avid about helping moms, women, and youth solve problems to unlock their potential- mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She values the power of relationships and empowers families to reconnect and learn how to heal from past trauma. Coach Debbie is living proof that pain cannot destroy your purpose and she uses her life experiences and expertise to inspire all to let their God given gifts shine!

Debbie graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and African American Studies. In 2010 Debbie experienced a divine shift that she describes as her “Career vs. Calling” journey due to learning about a close family members battled with Clinical Depression and suicide. After wanting to do more to support her family and community as it concerns mental health, she left the media field to focus fulltime on mental wellness and counseling. She has earned a dual Master of Science in Mental Health/ Marriage and Family Therapy from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University.

Coach Debbie is trained in the following empowering modalities: Touchpoints (BTC), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CHS), Solution Focused Approach (CSC), SIX SIGMA Yellow Belt (CSC), Art Therapy with Mindfulness Techniques (CP), Play Therapy Techniques (CP), Newborn Behavioral Observation (Brazelton), Trauma Focused- CBT (MUSC), Incredible Years Parenting Series Group Leader (IY), Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention (CSC), Calming Children in Crisis (CHS), Teen Outreach Program Facilitator (Wyman), Bullying and Emotional Intelligence (CHS), Infant Mental Health (CSC), Marriage Counselor/ Mentor (SFACC), and many others.

Within the community, Debbie hosts a Mommy and Me Life Group called Moms Like Me, and aspires to grow this group to several locations to help give moms holistic social and emotional support. She is also an active member and volunteers at Calvary Chapel of the Palm Beaches, YouMoms, Inc. Advisory Board Member, Vice Chair of the District Parent Advisory Council of Palm Beach County, Women of Tomorrow Mentor, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated member, as well as volunteers for the Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County as their Health and Wellness Chair.

Debbie is a past recipient of the Golden Key International Honour Society $20,000 Graduate Scholarship Award and an Honorable Mention designee for the JM Lexus African American Achievers Award for Community Service.  Recently, she was selected as a 2016 honoree for the 100 Black Women of Palm Beach South County for her Mental Health advocacy work. Lastly, Debbie had the incredible honor of being invited as a guest to attend the “2016 Making Healthcare Better Series” on suicide prevention under the leadership of President Barack Obama. The information and knowledge gained at that event continues to fuel Debbie’s passion for mental health services in diverse communities, and she has pledged to serve disadvantaged families and at-risk children.

All in all, Debbie is a proud South Florida native with Nigerian roots who calls Palm Beach her home. Professionally, she is a member of the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, American Counseling Association, South Florida Association of Christian Counselors, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and most importantly, the exciting club of motherhood! Coach Debbie is a proud mom of two brilliant children that help keep her growing and learning daily.

All in all, Debbie is grateful to share her life, encouragement, and empowerment through the Palm Beach Beat. She will serve as a Mental Health & Wellness Expert Contributor. To learn more about Debbie, visit here: www.dmempowers.com

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