Jelan Agnew, LCSW has been working in the field of social work for over 13+ years. She started working with at risk youth in North Philadelphia, while completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and African American Studies at Temple University. After graduation, she worked in Harlem and the Bronx coordinating mental health services for adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. She returned to Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, to complete an Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree. Working primarily with Hartford youth, her experience includes MDFT In-home therapy, work in residential and group homes, work in an alternative high school, a 28 day rehab program and almost 5 years at the Institute of Living at Hartford hospital. During her time at the Institute of Living (IOL), Jelan worked in the Extended Day Treatment Program providing group, family and individual therapy to Hartford youth of color. In addition, at the IOL, she worked in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Program, providing DBT groups, family and individual therapy to adults with Borderline Personality Disorder. Jelan has advanced DBT training, which she completed with the noted Dr. Charlie Swenson. During her time in the field, she has worked with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, behavioral disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment issues, substance abuse issues, borderline personality disorder etc… In addition, she provided supervision to MSW peers, seeking their clinical licensure. In the last year, she started a private practice called "Nalej of Self." Nalej of Self provides individual, family and group therapy, as well as Mindfulness/ Meditation Workshops for various agencies in Connecticut, Atlanta and New York City. While working at Nalej of Self, she participated in the Basic Latina podcast and participated in a community conversation on 94.3FM to address issues that impact communities of color and mental health. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, teaching “Intro to Social Work”. Jelan enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She loves the reciprocal energy of working with such amazing folks. “It doesn’t feel like work”, she is often known to say after a day working with her clients.