AT Magnolia Wellness LLC, a mother-daughter team uses different therapeutic techniques to serve the same goal: to support the mental health needs of people of color and the LGBTQ population.
The two change champions, Gizelle Tircuit and her daughter Janelle Posey-Green, founded the private family practice of New-London, Connecticut in 2016. Magnolia Wellness specializes in clinical services and interventions for those who are often underrepresented and often poorly understood in the field of mental health. . According to The Day, the couple believe the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities are among those people.
Posey-Green, a licensed clinical social worker, specializes in working with women over 16 who have experienced trauma. She has extensive experience in African and Native American healing practices, such as sound therapy and other psychotherapy techniques to provide a comprehensive healing experience.
Tircuit strives to achieve its client’s goals through the educational aspects of therapy. As a registered psychotherapist, she approaches her treatment through the prism and teachings of Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler. Its framework focused on understanding individuals in their own social context. At Magnolia Wellness, Tircuit specializes in working with people who struggle with both addiction and mental health.
Outside of their practice, mother-daughter therapists are active members of the community. They created a series of online forums called the Connecticut BIPOC Mental Health and Wellness Initiative to provide resources for those in need of support during the pandemic and the turmoil in the nation following the murder of George Floyd in 2020.
Through this initiative, Tircuit and Posey-Green have developed a roster of color therapists so that those seeking help can quickly and easily find clinicians ‘who are like them’, understand their culture, and provide more targeted therapy, ex.complained to the newspaper.
“While 56% of therapists identify as white, only 5% identify as black or African American,” Tircuit told the outlet. The lack of representation, said Posey-Green, “creates this deficit so that people have access to someone who is of the same culture as them to get support. … The best way to do this is to create opportunities, so that they have access to the same care as everyone else.