Cheslyn Walker, LMSW
Cheslyn was born and raised in St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies, she immigrated to the US and now considers herself a true New Yorker. Cheslyn received a BA degree in Psychology (minor in Sociology) from CUNY Brooklyn College and holds a Masters in Social Work from CUNY Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work where she specialized in clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups.
Cheslyn has worked in areas of Child Welfare and Mental Health in both clinical and managerial capacities in the non-profit sector. She has worked with individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illnesses, individuals with histories of homelessness, individuals with histories of substance use disorders, formerly incarcerated individuals, LGBTQI+ communities, and individuals with histories of trauma.
Cheslyn utilizes a combination of evidenced based techniques to provide a supportive, therapeutic environment where individuals can benefit from a safe space to evaluate their current stressors, discuss current or past trauma, and develop a plan of action to support moving forward with their life’s goals. She is also interested in research on burnout, job satisfaction.
Cheslyn is Caribbean/West-Indian American of African descent. She is a former Steel Pan player and Afro-Caribbean Dancer who has traveled as a part of a tourism contingent representing and promoting her native country of St. Kitts and Nevis. She loves dancing (Afro- Caribbean dance, African dance, Congolese dance) and listening to music.Cheslyn also loves reading and creative writing and editing. Self-care is important to Cheslyn, she meditates, practices mindfulness, journal writing, enjoys hiking, going for nature walks, and listening to her favorite music and dancing.
A true New Yorker, Cheslyn enjoys the accessibility of the city and the multitude of resources that it and surrounding areas have to offer. Giving back to the community is important to Cheslyn; she has participated in Brooklyn College’s Magner Center Careers in Psychology panel discussing different professions for people majoring in psychology. She has presented on Social work and social service settings. She is currently working with a community-based organization in St. Kitts to assess for additional needs for psycho-social support and resources to at-risk youth and young adults on the island.