It is with much pleasure that I write to you singing the praises of Jasmine Newsome. Our commitment to raising children that have experienced trauma has always been a roller coaster. We have clung together in the hard times and enjoyed the thrill of success when we experience forward progress. We are a strong family knitted close together with faith and fun! However, there are times in the journey of healing where professionals are required. In one of our darkest times with our youngest son, Jasmine arrived – without a cape, but a hero none the less!
Within a week of meeting XXX, Jasmine came to our house on a weekend and way after hours to help us calm and make difficult decisions for our dysregulated son. We were at the brink, staring over the edge and called her for advice. I was beyond comforted when she came, gave confident direction for the immediate situation, and provided us with some next step options. We chose to take him to an acute facility that night with Jasmine leading the way. That gut-wrenching decision was made easier by Jasmine’s confident support.
In the weeks and months following, Jasmine quickly became a trusted part of our family’s circle. She saw not only XXX but also our son XXX on a weekly basis. She has always been on time, yet flexible when our schedule stretched. She is relational, intentional, creative, and fun with the boys. We have all come to believe that she can make any game therapeutic! I am thankful beyond measure for her honest assessments and new and engaging ways to teach the boys (and me) new skills.
Soon Jamael was added to the team to help XXX with some behavior goals. Jamael is another one of our heroes, but as his gifts pertain to Jasmine, they work together as a cooperative team. I never have to explain one thing to the other because it is obvious that they talk and collaborate for the benefit of XXX. They are a united front!
And then COVID-19 hit. As quarantine became a reality, XXX went to long-term care. Jasmine continued to support our family as she helped XXX through all the emotions of XXX emotional damage at home and helped him try to make sense of the separation. Honestly, she never skipped a beat. From the first hint at virtual therapy, she talked about ways that she could use tools in the home to bridge her plans. As virtual became reality she used on-line games, but quickly found success with Mindcraft. Yes, she found a therapeutic way to use virtual building to understand and help XXX with his fears surrounding safety and security. Sometimes she even uses “Brady Bunch” shows to process emotions with him. Jasmine has constantly adapted and used brilliant creativity to deliver effective care! I couldn’t be more grateful!
As XXX has transitioned back into our home, I knew that I could depend on Jasmine to support him and us as we develop the best strategies to help and heal XXX while continuing to meet the emotional and mental wellness needs of everyone in our home. She is truly a gem and our family is thankful beyond measure!
Thank you for your time and for your support of this extraordinary young woman, In my opinion, she lives what she was meant to do every day. Those of us that receive the benefit of her education, experience, and willingness to grow and learn on behalf of her clients are just plain blessed!
With gratitude, XXXs Mom