• Natica Blake

Highlighting Black therapists in our communities: Tylice C. MacDonald

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Black therapists and black-owned wellness organizations in our communities.

This week we are highlighting community mental health provider Tylice C. MacDonald, MS, CADC, LPC a lifelong resident of the Lower Naugatuck Valley in Connecticut. Tylice is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Connecticut. Tylice attended Shaw University (HBCU) in Raleigh, N.C., and returned to CT to finish her Masters' Degree In Human Service at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Tylice has worked in various areas within the mental health/human service field. She started out as a store manager and Preschool Teacher, before discovering her passion for mental health. Since then she has worked in outpatient clinics, intensive in-home services, DCF (Department of Children and families) programs, hospitals, and various community health centers. Currently, Tylice serves as Clinical Director for Child First and IICAPS Supervisor at Wellmore Behavioral Health in an effort to share her experience and knowledge with new clinicians entering the field.

Let's hear from Tylice:

"I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and cousin. These roles and their importance in my life are the reasons I became a therapist. I look at the world we live in and I understand the impact that I have in each role and how I can shape the experience of my family and others, and that is what drives me. Being a woman, and a woman of color there were not a lot of people that looked like me that came from where I came from that allowed me to see the potential of what I could achieve. Every child’s life that I touch I hope to remove the stigma of mental health, the stigma of color, and the stigma of gender roles and allow them to know that your environment does not have to confine you but use experiences and your surroundings to shape and define your goals and future. "

Tylice is the embodiment of "Therapy for us by us" as she is a trailblazer in not only providing therapy for the BIPOC communities but also taking up leadership within these spaces to effect change and provide support to new therapists in the field. Thank you Tylice, for all your hard work and dedication.

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