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The Things We Carry: Building, Bridging, & Bonding

The Things We Carry: Building, Bridging, & Bonding

The pandemic has been difficult for all of us and accessing quality mental health services is full of roadblocks at the best of times particularly for the Black community. For these reasons, "We Heal Ourselves with Love & Empowerment (WHOLE)" a program sponsored by Kingdom Empowerment Center is launching a free six-week support group.

"The Things We Carry: Building, Bridging, & Bonding" is now accepting intake applications. The group will be led by talented Black clinicians and is open to anyone who identifies as Black/African American and is 18 years of age or older. Space is extremely limited as the group can only accommodate 8 people.

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Event Facilitators


Dr. Candyce Burke Auguste


Dr. Candyce Burke Auguste is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her B.S. in Psychology/Pre-Medicine from Xavier University of Louisiana, her M.S. in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins, and both an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Regent University.

Dr. Candyce has experience in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, Multicultural Sensitivity, Teaching and Identity Development. Her interests are Intersectionality, Women’s Health, Mental Health Concerns Impacting 1st Generation College Students, Racial Trauma, Resilience, and Spirituality and Religious Integration. She defines her theoretical orientation as a strength-based integrative approach with a multi-cultural lens. To her, therapy is person-centered work where the therapeutic relationship is valued as a tool for change. She has background and training in Humanistic Approaches, CBT skills, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. Dr. Candyce aims to be a positive representative and to create safe, brave and liberated therapy spaces.


Walter Raleigh Higgs, III, M.Div., MACM, MSW, LCSW


Walter is a licensed certified social worker and ordained clergy whose life’s purpose has been serving underserved and underrepresented communities.  Walter’s work continues to focus on addressing mental health in secular and faith-based communities, teaching and navigating clients and colleagues about social injustices through systems, personal advocacy and mentorship.

Walter has a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Business from North Carolina Central University.  He also has earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Church Music from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center and a Master of Social Work from Simmons University with a specialization in Urban Leadership in Clinical Social Work. Currently, Walter is completing a certificate program in Nonprofits Human Service Management at Suffolk University.   For the past 12 years, Walter has worked in the nonprofit sector conducting clinical case management, addiction and recovery services, and  individual and group psychotherapy for the chronically homeless population and, in recent years, served as a clinical supervisor that develops and implements various treatment modalities with clients affiliated with the Department of Mental Health.

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