Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, is the founder and CEO of Allies In Caring, a New Jersey nonprofit offering a continuum of behavioral health services, which include: In-home treatment — for families experiencing a crisis, respite services and outpatient services for individuals diagnosed with a behavioral health disorder. Additionally, its new “Wellness Hub, ConVivir” offers: Promotion — skill building programs that enhance the ability of immigrants and individuals with disabilities to withstand challenges and Prevention — interventions for children and parents exposed to traumatic experiences and other risks associated with the onset of behavioral health disorders.
Ivette serves as key contributor in developing the capacity to provide equal access to resources and opportunities for everyone in NJ to live well, she has been in the design team member working to establish the NJ Publlic Health Institute in New Jersey to assist with pandemic recovery efforts, public health infrastructure as well as address the state’s health and racial equity capacity needs, a design team member of the Gathering Ground/ Creative NJ program; Elevating Equity Program Team, to disrupt inequities in the nonprofit sector and build alternatives, was recently appointed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NJ advisory council to promote health equity.
Ivette is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her professional training includes a Master in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University, D.C. Her post-graduate training includes: Multicultural Therapy, Systems Centered Therapy, Trauma Focus – CBT, and Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Ivette's experience as a Mexican-born child of Deaf parents, has provided profound understanding of the potential for growth that lies within the hardships that are a part of the human experience. Her vision is to help families thrive and develop into more skillful, mindful, and compassionate human beings, while working through the adversity in their lives.