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Mental Health, Rooted

Onè, Respè

Kay Thellot 
Manbo Asongwe, ethnotherapist

With a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in New Brunswick in Canada, psychosocial intervention is a privileged space where I have the opportunity to accompany a person or a group of people to improve their quality of life in terms of their mental health.

With the decolonial, Afrocentric and ethnospiritual approach that I offer with Prensip Minokan, offering ethnotherapeutic support allows for me to integrate the psychosocial and psychotherapeutic tools of Vodou, one among many available Afro-Indigenous ancestral approaches, to conceptualize ill-being not as a pathology but rather as an opportunity for self-integration - hence the inspiration of vèvè Minokan (sacred calligraphy in Vodou Ayisyen) which integrates all the energies of the universe, everything having its place. Ancestrality, or the wisdom that can be discovered in traumas and generational resilience, opens up a "new" perspective on what well-being and healing are, as well as how to make it our own while navigating spaces of oppression that echo the oppression faced by our Zansèt (Ancestors in Kreyòl Ayisyen).

By honouring and respecting the expertise that our Zansèt developed while living in systems of oppression, we reclaim the act of self-determining how we relate to ourselves, our lineages, others, our experiences and in the spaces we occupy.  

Barnabe Solon Photographer

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