Caron Hackett-Napier, Masters in Counseling
I was born in Grenada an island in the West Indies. My father was a plumber and my mother was a medical assistant.
I am Afro-Caribbean.
I attended graduate school at The College of New Rochelle. I graduated on January 31, 2018 with a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. I also have an Advance Certificate in Guidance and Counseling issued on August 13, 2018. I attended New York City College of Technology. I graduated on June 31, 2011 with a bachelor’s in human sciences. I am currently attending Alfred University pursing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling.
I have a strong desire to help others work to get through challenges and difficulties. Doing this work means that there is the potential to help an individual to enhance their quality of life.
I worked as an administrative assistant at Mount Sanai Hospital. I worked as a counselor for a YMCA after school program. I currently work with children with special needs for the New York City Department of Education.
I care about working with the Black community because African Americans share the same mental health issues as the rest of the population; however, we have arguably even greater stressors due to racism, prejudice, economic and health disparities.
Being a Black woman growing up in America I have dealt with racism. I remember an incident where I was in a store looking for an item and noticing right away that I was being watched and followed. I decided to take my money out and hold it in my hand to see if the behavior by the employee would continue. It did. I then made the decision to leave the store without buying anything. My only regret was not confronting the employees.
My Clinical approach is Person Centered. I also have been trained to work with children with special needs.
I have been told I have a very calming presence.
I love learning about history and ancient civilizations.