What qualifies me to give advice?

Kanye W.: You ain't got the answers Kelita!

 

Kelita A.: I do not have all the answers, and I am not claiming to. But based on my background and my experiences as well as the experiences of countless others that I have encountered, I believe that I have some of the answers.

 

 

  • I attended Georgia State University after high school where I received my Bachelor's of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Speech. Observing people and the way that we interact and communicate with each other is my specialty. What led me to choose psychology as a major was the fact that people were always coming to me for advice and it didn't seem to matter whether I was younger, older, or the same age as them. The message that always came back to me was, "Kelita, you give good advice!" So I followed what I felt was my calling and this journey continues to fulfill me.

 

  • For almost a year I interned and worked at Emory University School of Medicine in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department as a Research Interviewer. I spoke with a minimum of two people per week between 30min-1hr at Grady Memorial Hospital about their life experiences, allowing them to be as open and honest as they felt comfortable being, considering the fact that I was talking to them in a public setting as a complete stranger. The questions that I asked were about traumatic life events, stress, coping mechanisms, and the state of their mental, emotional, and physical health as a result of those experiences.

 

  • I previously worked at a Mental Health Clinic for more than two years where I interacted with patients who were battling with mental health issues, chemical dependencies, or a combination of both. Part of this interaction included mediating 12-Step meetings where patients are allowed to express their emotions and things that are troubling to them whether it be past, present, or future.

 

  • In the Spring of 2015 I traveled to Sri Lanka (a small island country just below India) for a month to do some additional studying of psychology and mental health. I served as a weekly volunteer at The National Institue of Mental Health where one of my main duties was to get patients to interact with me as much as possible despite their diagnoses and language and/or cultural barriers.

 

 

  • My current experience includes serving as a Victim Advocate for victims of felony crimes. My job includes building rapport with the victims while keeping them up to date on the status of their case, offering support and resources to them as needed both inside and outside of the courtroom, and explaining the criminal justice system and court process to them so that they may feel knowledgeable and empowered throughout the course of their case.  

 

 

 

 

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