The year before the Rwandan genocide began, Divina was born in a small town of Gisenyi, in the tiniest country of Rwanda, Africa. The ensuing crisis and tragedy would shape her world-view for the rest of her life. In the years following the genocide, Divina moved to Kenya to live with her uncle, his wife, and two of her other cousins who already lived there. Then, in 2010, Divina moved to Crowley, Texas to be with her foster family. This move left Divina struggling to find a cultural identity that feels authentic to her experience. She is currently working on understanding her cultural upbringing and adopted culture, and how to combine both without feeling isolated in either. Part of that work includes addressing the lack of mental health awareness in her culture and is passionately working to change that narrative.
Divina earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University, where she is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With the experience of living and navigating multiple cultures, she has an awareness of how culture affects emotional, social, mental, and spiritual development. She is passionate about helping young adults and adults who are experiencing trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and multicultural issues.
Divina utilizes Person-centered, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques while working with clients. She believes that in order for people to be mentally and/or emotionally healthy, they need a space of acceptance where they can express themselves free of judgment. Divina strives to meet people where they are at in their journey to walk alongside them as they continue to grow and discover themselves.
When not studying for a class or working, Divina enjoys video chatting with her long-distance family members, spending time with her newfound family and friends here in Texas, listening to music, reading, or watching her favorite TV shows. She always makes it a goal of hers to read at least 75 books a year that are unrelated to school.
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