Currently in private practice as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist at Women of Color Therapy in Burbank, California, Cheryl received her Master degree in Psychological Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute after writing a thesis, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Shadow Sandwich and African American Individuation. She is currently in the process of writing a dissertation on decolonial parenting for the African American community in the Community, Liberation, and Eco Psychologies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Cheryl has been practicing as a Marriage and Family therapist since 2005 in settings including DMH contracted agencies, colleges, and private practice. Licensed in 2009, she has provided individual, couple, and family therapy from a trauma-informed depth perspective which includes Jungian psychology, family systems, attachment theory, neuropsychology research, and embodiment practices. Along with talk therapy, Cheryl uses sand tray, dream work, breath work, embodied imagination, as well as poetry, music and film to help adults access deep memory and imagination to heal themselves in the present. Cheryl strives to help clients find the creativity and confidence to be authentic in their own skins while navigating the historical contradictions of their social, economic, and political realities.
In a previous career, Cheryl ran the Atlanta Third World Film Festival, coordinated the King Center’s Nonviolent Film Festival, taught “Black Women in Film” at Spelman College, and produced and directed a film for the National Black Women’s Health Project called On Becoming a Woman: Mothers & Daughters Talking Together, which has been placed in the National Archives as part of the Women Make Movies collection.