Centro Bonilla is our sister program that is based in Bonao, Monseñor Nouel, Dominican Republic.
In the Dominican Republic there is a deficit of mental health services and those that exist are made primarily accessible to high income families. Giselle and Kat witnessed family and friends in the Dominican Republic battle with their mental illness while not having access to the support and services that they need. There is no organized system and funding for these services. These services are scarce for women, children, and men who need psychotherapeutic interventions in the Dominican Republic who come from low-income households.
Mental Health Services
A clinical therapist is a counselor who identifies, analyzes, and treats emotional issues or mental illnesses.
Individual, family, couple, and group therapy.
Expressive Art Therapy: Expressive art refers to any combination of dance, writing, visual arts, drama, music, or other creative outlets. Expressive arts therapy is taking these modalities and using them to enhance individual development and growth.
Reflexology: a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.
Reiki: a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing.
Trauma informed Yoga: Trauma-sensitive yoga helps them learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and their emotions. They're able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies. It's a therapeutic intervention.
Community Events will be focused on spreading awareness on mental health.
Centro Bonilla provides community events focused on spreading mental health information. The center raises awareness of the importance of mental health creating a new narrative in which addressing mental health is no longer stigmatized. The center provides resources through collaboration with other mental health organizations and bring psycho-education to the communities through events. The center also provides direct service through trauma informed therapy including individual, group, family, and couples’ therapy. In addition, because a lot of our trauma is held in our bodies, the center will focus on holistic wellbeing and provide services such as trauma informed-yoga, reflexology, and reiki.
Centro Bonilla provides individual, group, family, and couples therapy that will benefit men, women, and children in the Dominican Republic. There will also be workshops and events which, along with therapy will allow our clients to be more aware with the right tools to manage their mental health. Abuse and trauma/ trans-generational trauma is a huge problem which Centro Bonilla addresses. Finally, Centro Bonilla will create jobs for clinical mental health clinicians and other providers.
Over time, it is hoped that opening Centro Bonilla will be a step toward starting similar projects in the Dominican Republic.