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HAPPY WOMEN'S MONTH 2017: Honoring Cherie Dortch






Cherie Dortch is a Mental Health Professional with an in depth training in psycho-dynamic psychotherapy.  She received a dual bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology at CUNY Queens College, where she graduated with honors. 

Cherie received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She then continued her pursuit to further her professional knowledge and clinical expertise at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Cherie has a successful psychotherapy practice in Garden City, NY.  She has appeared on internet talk shows on Madhouse TV,  and has also had the opportunity to produce her own show which she also hosted, “Men and Depression: From Suicide to Life,.” highlighting the need for more men, specifically men of color, to seek professional mental help.  

She appeared on ABC’S HERE AND NOW, with Sandra Bookman, sharing her professional knowledge on women and sexual trauma, relating to the Bill Cosby case.  She has made contributions to articles and books: an article on Gratitude, Why People Are Happier and Healthier,” and a book written by Dr. Anne Goelitz, “From Trauma to Healing: A Social Workers Guide to Working With Survivors.” Cherie contributed to the book’s chapter on Culture and Diversity,  and its importance in assisting diverse populations with mental illness. Cherie presently works as a School Social Worker in the Hempstead School District, in Long Island, New York.  

She created and advises a Girls Empowerment Club whose goal is to empower, inspire, strengthen self-esteem and promote skills that help girls succeed in the world, by allowing them to discover and realize their existing qualities, enhancing those qualities and their capacity to make healthy choices. Cherie works closely with various agencies in that community, and is presently in the process of opening an additional office providing therapy specifically to women who are enrolled in the WORC Program, The Women’s Occupational Rehabilitation Center. The WORC program is an alternative to incarceration program for women. 

Cherie is also the founder and CEO of “Choose Love For Life,” a not for profit created in memory of one of her student’s in her Girl’s Empowerment Club at the ABGS Middle School, Dejah Joyner.  Dejah was shot and killed while sitting in her home in October of 2015, during a drive by shooting.  The purpose of Choose Love For Life, is to create a platform to bring awareness to the need to love ourselves, each other and our community.  

She has created a scholarship fund in the same name for students of the ABGS Middle School,  for them to attend a summer program of their choice in sports, dance, or academics.  She also hosts an annual, Choose Love For Life Brunch, that is held in June during Gun Violence Awareness Month, to raise awareness on creating healthier, loving communities. 

She hosts seminars, workshops and events for women and girls and will be hosting her first women’s wellness retreat, which will take place this April. Its goal is for women to become more mindful of loving their body, mind and spirit.

Cherie is also a recipient of the Excellence in Success Award for my contribution to leadership and honoree of the National Council of Negro Women for Community Service, integrity and Leadership.

Cherie is also a proud member of GROWNGIRLSNYC.

Contact Cherie Dortch at her practice. Follow Choose Love 4 Life. Get Involved.









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