You are worthy. You are enough. Hold your head up and be patient with yourself. Now let’s get em’!

 

 

Who is Breyon?

Breyon Clemmons is a uniquely skilled mental health clinician. With over 10 years of experience in mental health, Breyon is well versed in child advocacy and well trained in both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Breyon received her Bachelors in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills and her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Culver City. In addition to working with foster care and probation youth Breyon has also worked for organizations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), In the Meantime Men’s Group, and Volunteers of America with various servicing various populations. Breyon has dedicated her career as a community therapist to advocating and providing effective mental health services to individuals living in communities with a deficit in resources.

Educational Background

Associate of Arts (Liberal arts)  from Compton community college ,

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from California State University Dominguez Hills,

Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) Antioch University.

Special Awards

DMH stipend recipient

 

How did you choose to pursue this field?

Growing up in the city of Compton I was aware that there were deficits and a lack of resources. When I became an adult I made a vow to myself that I would be the very thing that I needed as a child.

 

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

My 5th grade teacher Dawna Dean Countryman

Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?

I have always had a desire to work with children, but it wasn’t until undergrad that I realized I wanted to work in the mental health field.

What do you love most about your job or career?

Having the opportunity to be an agent of change for children in the foster care and probation system.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?

Being a witness to children and families healing. Especially when they are healing together cohesively as a unit.

What are the most difficult things or disappointing aspect of your job?

When parents don’t show up for their children. I hurt when I see kids hurting.

 

How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?

By showing up for the black community through advocacy, community service and professional development. Representation matters and it is my duty to show up in more ways than one to combat any stigmas on culture in the mental health field.

 

 

What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?

You are worthy. You are enough. Hold your head up and be patient with yourself. Now let’s get em’!

 

 

Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?

 

 

Follow your passion!!!

 

 

 

What is your favorite quote?

A quote that I have lived my entire life by comes from Fredrick Douglass…

 

it’s easier to raise a healthy child, than to repair a broken adult”

 

I encourage parents that it is best to create a healthy environment for their child so that when they become adults they will have all the skills and tools to perform as a mentally healthy adult.

 

How has your family been a great influence or support system?

My family has always been supportive of my career choice. I have a prayer mother and grandmother who make sure that I am always covered in the midst of attacks from my enemies. I’m aware in this field you have to be covered physically, spiritually mentally and emotionally when you are a women of color.

 

What are your future goals related to your career?

My goal is to become a child psychologist

 

 

Follow Breyon:

Instagram – @breetherapy

Contact Breyon for any further questions:

 

Email: therapistbree@gmail.com

 

 

We hope you enjoyed learning about our latest “STEMsation”, please comment about how her experiences have inspired you, how your experiences can inspire others and nominate our next “STEMsation to spotlight their amazing accomplishments.

Pin It on Pinterest