MA (Senior Counselor)
Jewel Taylor is a forensic counsellor with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology. There wasn’t a defining moment, or life changing experience for Jewel that created a passion for Forensic Psychology. It was growing up on a small island in The Bahamas, where there was a lack of diversity in the psychology field that sparked a desire to think differently when it came to criminal rehabilitation. This was compounded by the fact that mental illnesses in the Bahamas came with a negative connotation. The field of Forensic Psychology was also non-existent in The Bahamas and was viewed as an invaluable sub-division of Psychology, and when expressing her interests in the field she was met with confusion and condescension from tenured clinicians. However, it served as more motivation to break the mold, to re-evaluate existing programs and make them more effective at decreasing recidivism and drug usage in urban youths and young adults.
After graduating from The University of The Bahamas, she pursued a Master’s of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology, and further refined her professional skills as a Behavioural Health Intern at the Cook County Sherriff’s Department. It was this unique educational background that she developed an appreciation for cultural differences, which she consistently incorporates in her intervention programs. Jewel has worked with Afro-Caribbeans, Hispanics, African Americans and Caucasians clientele.
As a professional, Jewel’s main goal and drive is to help individuals who find it hard to help themselves. Substance abusers and offenders can feel isolated, shameful and helpless, but with psychological services, Jewel wants to provide them with options and skills that will help them assimilate back into the community.