Jonell L. McPherson, EdD, (SUNY Geneseo, Andrews, and Argosy-educated, John Hopkins Trained Counselor, Educator, and Supervisor) is locally and internationally recognized for advocating Mental Health awareness. Her pedagogy of focus is individuals and systems, promoting the perspective that you teach yourself and others how to treat you by what you consistently say yes to, tolerate, accept, and accommodate. Dr. McPherson is the founder and president of Wellness Transformational Center, LLC in Queens, N.Y., and a Clinical Therapist at MHH Clinical Services.
Dr. McPherson has co-authored the book, School Counseling for Black Male Students Success in 21st Century Urban Schools, edited by Malik S. Henfield and Ahmad R. Washington. As an aspiring author, Dr. McPherson will soon publish her first book, The Shift In Perspective, a handbook that teaches how to transform your wellness by Thinking Well, Doing Well, and Living Free from ‘perceived’ fears, anxieties, and stressors.
Through evidence-based research and proactive and preventative leadership, she endorses and teaches Life Skills (Thinking Skills, Behavioral Skills, and Emotional Skills) Intervention. This book will transform your thinking to an understanding of how to shift your perspective in time, especially in circumstantial crises, when you cannot change your situation. Through evidence-based research and 19 years of experience, wisdom, and empowering life stories, she shows us how we can choose to always have a positive outlook in life. Like an eagle, we can use those ‘perfect storms’ to lift our thinking and direct our doing to higher altitudes.
DR. MCPHERSON’S LIFE MISSION IS TO MAKE INTENTIONAL DIFFERENCES IN EDUCATION, TEACHING OTHERS LIFE SKILLS INTERVENTIONS THAT WILL TRANSFORM THE TRINITY OF THEIR MENTAL WELLNESS.
Jonell L. McPherson, EdD
FOUNDER AND AUTHOR
about Dr. McPherson
Jonell L. McPherson is a Mental Health Professional Counselor who has 18+ years of Counseling and Educating professional experience. While serving all age groups in a diverse mental health and education environment, she has imparted a service legacy in behavioral health. Dr. McPherson’s specialization is working with individuals (children, adolescents, and adults in residential treatment, adults and children with autism, and other spectrums of intellectually delayed and differently-abled individuals) with challenging behaviors.
Dr. McPherson’s purpose and passion for teaching were developed and continue to progress through the leadership positions she has held in community organizations. She has been on a “mission with a purpose” from a young age. At 16 years old, Dr. McPherson pursued a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a double-major degree in Sociology and Psychology minoring in Women Studies at SUNY. Geneseo. At 20 years old, just months after graduation, she left the United States (US) and traveled to South Korea to teach English and Bible for a year. While living in South Korea, Dr. McPherson had the opportunity to visit neighboring countries like Mongolia, where she continued educating while developing her passion and profession of teaching life skills. Upon returning to the U.S., McPherson ventured on to acquire her Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Community Counseling from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Dr. McPherson has also traveled and taught as a keynote speaker for Regenerating Lives Ministries: Women-of-Word Retreat and Conference in Trinidad and Tobago West Indies
Dr. McPherson obtained her Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Degree in the CACREP counseling program of Counselor Education and Supervision (CES), from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. McPherson’s dissertation process was an experience of simultaneous integration where, as she developed in education, she applied her theory in practice at Argosy and John Hopkins University. As a student and doctoral candidate, McPherson co-taught, co-authored, and assisted in research.
Dr. Jonell L. McPherson has dedicated her life to becoming a Counselor Educator and Supervisor because she wants to make intentional differences in education. While practicing in her profession and leading in community organizations, she has realized a disconnection and misguidance in education fostered in the attitudes (perceived fears for help-seeking mental health) of people in varying system organizations. In pursuit of her higher calling, McPherson continually aspires to be the bridge that connects the divide between people and systems. Through personal and professional observation and experiences, she recognizes:
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
In response to solving the problem of getting along with self and ‘others,’ Dr. McPherson has established Wellness Transformational Center to serve individuals and systems through Psycho-Education Workshops and In-Debt Life Skills Training Programs.
Dr. McPherson’s goals are to provide services based on the Six Dimensions of Wellness Model, co-founded by Bill Hettler, MD 1976: Occupational, Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Emotional. Other additional Wellness services, not limited to the six dimensions, provide customized workshops and services, including Nutrition, Abuse Prevention/Intervention, and Financial.
People fail to help seek mental health because they fear what they will know.
They fear what they will know because they do not know what they think
they will know. They default to think in fixed mindsets, allowing self and
public stigmas to limit their potential for optimum wellness.
You are stronger than you think you know.
You were created with purpose and for greatness,
so let us develop your thinking and shift your perspectives.