Meet Patricia Timerman Barbosa da Silva of Advocate2Create in Miami and Hollywood - Article by

Meet Patricia Timerman Barbosa da Silva of Advocate2Create in Miami and Hollywood
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"So, as you know, we’re impressed with Advocate2Create – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.Advocate2Create, A2C for short, emerged from my desire to have a platform for advocacy through psychoeducation, as I truly believe the best way to advocate is to educate and share our knowledge and resources. As A2C started to grow, so did its focus, implementing psychotherapy – being individual, family, couples, and group – and clinical evaluations for Immigrants purposes.
I have two specializations, one is composing clinical evaluations and doing psychoeducational training in matters of immigration. While attending my masters at Barry University, I worked at an immigration law firm, Jacob L. Ratzan, P.A. There, I was exposed to several different immigration matters, such as VAWA, U-Visa, Asylum, T-Visa, Hardship Waivers and more. I learned the legal aspects of these visas and worked with families in the pursuit of their visas. This experience made me realize the importance of therapy in the world of immigration, as I worked with victims of domestic violence in their VAWA cases and victims of hate crimes who sought asylum among others. A2C actually started as a psychoeducational and consultation services platform where I taught mental health clinicians and first responders about the different immigration visas, breaking myths and barriers so we can empower our community.
My other specialization is grief therapy, specially suicide grief. I did my internship and then worked at the 1800-SUICIDE post-graduation. After starting A2C and leaving the 1800-SUICIDE, I started to volunteer at the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention – FISP – as a facilitator for their Miami Survivor of Suicide Loss group, where I have been volunteering for the past seven years. Around the same time, I began my PhD, and I decided to focus my studies on suicide grief. Although I have been professionally immersed in the world of suicide (prevention, intervention, and mainly postvention), it was not until August of 2014 that I became a survivor of suicide myself, losing my dear fried Scott Spradley to suicide. Scott was the person who was with me at the Starbucks on West Avenue when I create the domain Advocate2Create and together we create my logo. Going back to the question about my specializations, I have been working with immigration from a psychotherapist perspective and with suicide grief for almost eight years now and have become known for these two specializations within my community.
As for my company, I am proud of what it has become. A2C is a multicultural space, honoring differences rather than silencing or ignoring them. We serve as a platform to help empower people, using our W.A.C.A. model – With Awareness Comes Action – to guide and facilitate change. A2C’s growth is greatly attributed to the collaborative and supportive work of A2C’s Clinical Director, Jeanevra Pearson, LMFT. Jeanevra is a wonderful clinician and amazing friend who is constantly looking at ways to have A2C better serve our clients, our network or professionals, and our community at large."
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