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Those looking to receive services from the new Healing Space should email the clinic at hosford@ucsb.edu

The Healing Space is a specialty clinic that provides psychological services to Black-Identifying clients of all ages. In addition to general stressors and life issues, the Healing Space acknowledges the effects of racial trauma, marginalization, and injustice on social and health disparities among Black communities. All services are provided by Black therapists who have an interest in addressing the negative toll of anti-Black racism on Black residents in our local community.

The Student Therapists

Isabelle FleuryIsabelle Fleury is a doctoral student clinician for the Healing Center and the Trauma, Adversity, Resilience, and Prevention Clinic. As a doctoral student, she is working alongside Dr. Erin Dowdy in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Isabelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick prior to pursuing a Ph.D. with an emphasis in School Psychology. She then went on to work as a research assistant for Montefiore’s Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program and Trauma-Informed Care Program. During her time at Montefiore, she worked with an incredibly large and diverse population in the Bronx to integrate psychological treatment into medical centers with the goals of increasing service utilization and reducing stigma associated with behavioral health care. Since beginning her doctoral program, Isabelle has worked with several local schools delivering counseling and assessment services, as well as conducting research related to school-based universal mental health screening. Broadly, her research interests include student mental health, Black mental health, integrated behavioral health care, complete mental health screening, and psychometrics.

Jason FlyJason Fly is a doctoral student in clinical psychology working in the Families and Stress lab headed by Dr. Erika Felix. He previously achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018 and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2020 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to attending UCSB, he worked in a psychoneuroendocrinology lab studying the effects of stress hormones on health outcomes, and a cross-cultural emotions lab where he developed an interest in differential expressions of empathy. He was the principal investigator of an international study comparing the U.S. and Brazil on ethno-cultural empathy and racial implicit bias. Currently, his research interests include developing clinical tools to prevent and treat stress disorders related to traumatic events, specifically using narrative strategies such as cognitive empathy. His focus is around addressing socio-cultural differences that factor in prevention and treatment of at-risk and underserved populations, especially African-Americans.

Ginette SimsGinette Sims is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology within the department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Trauma and Resiliency Program headed by Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating and her research focuses on examining the sociopolitical and cultural factors that influence trauma symptomology in marginalized populations. Prior to attending UCSB, she attended Williams College and received her BA in Anthropology with much of her undergraduate education focusing on international mental health. After graduating from Williams, Ginette provided skills coaching, crisis intervention, and group therapy to adolescents ages 13-19 at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. At McLean, Ginette developed a passion for developing culturally responsive, equitable interventions to treat the needs of diverse populations. Her dissertation is currently focused on examining the psychological, physical health, and behavioral health effects of exposure to media containing violent images of police violence toward Black Americans on Black Americans.

Jazzmyn WardJazzmyn Ward is a doctoral student clinician for the Healing Center, UCSB Counseling Center, and Santa Barbara Middle School. In the Clinical Psychology program, she works as a researcher with Dr. Erika Felix. Prior to attending UCSB, she double majored in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in African American Studies at UC Irvine. Jazzmyn then went on to complete her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Northridge where she studied community violence and ethnic racial socialization among marginalized populations. Broadly, Jazzmyn is interested in variations of trauma exposure and its effects on mental health among marginalized populations particularly in the Black community. Furthermore, Jazzmyn also has interests in resiliency and protective factors related to holistic healing.

Faculty Supervisor

Alison CerezoAlison Cerezo is a licensed psychologist (PSY31579) and a faculty member in the UCSB Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology doctoral program. She completed her doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon, her predoctoral internship at UC San Diego, Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral training at the Psychological Services Center in Oakland, CA. Alison has provided clinical services to individuals, couples and families in community clinics, university counseling centers and k-12 settings. Her research and clinical work are centered on the links between stress, trauma, mental health and substance use in communities that have faced interpersonal and structural barriers. Alison maintains a private practice where she serves BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.