Meet our team

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Dr. Chase Moore is a school psychologist specializing in the psychological development of children of African descent.
Mr. McDonald is a school counselor specializing in social/emotional, grief, married, individual, and group counseling.

 

Pan African Wellness Center Welcomes You

Where culture and counseling meet

Do you or a loved one have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? Sometimes, seeking help from a certified expert is the best way to put things into perspective. As a committed, professional Psychologist and Counselor in Sacramento, your well-being and mental strength is our number one priority. We are happy to guide you through all of life’s challenges with the attention and care you deserve.

 

"If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm"

African Proverb

 

A Bit About Therapy

As parents of three children, we know that all parents want their children to have a healthy mindset. That is, we want them to have the mental ability to interpret the world accurately, respond to life situations gracefully and manage their relationships with themselves and others without stress. Having a healthy way of organizing and structuring the world allows our children to be prepared for opportunities, have healthy relationships with friends and not be limited by psychopathology that makes them dysfunctional in one or many areas of their life. As parents we want our children's minds to be like good soil, meaning  it's healthy and fertile enough to produce whatever they desire. Unfortunately due to challenges in life, this sometimes requires reaching a NEW state of mind. NEW, refers to a state where we have "No Enemy Within" (NEW). It is my belief that the greatest enemy our youth fight today are within, within themselves, within their homes, within their neighborhoods, within their schools and within the media they consume. It is our goal to implement effective coaching methods to teach  self-understanding and instill a growth mindset.

 

Services I Offer

With You Every Step of the Way

Your well-being is our ultimate concern. Since 2010, we have provided wellness in the Sacramento area with a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple or a family looking for support, the pan African wellness center's therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence and assist you in the healing process. Take a look at the services we offer, and get in touch with us today.

 
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Wild Path

Executive Functioning Coaching

"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there"

PARENTS! Have you ever thought to yourself, “my child is so capable of academic, social and life success, but they just can’t put all the pieces together right now? If they only had the skills to plan or organize and the resolve to stay on task, they could do so much better”? If so, you’re not alone! Many parents with brilliant children who have ADHD, ADD or other experiences that affect Executive Functioning share the frustration that you struggle with daily.


We at the Pan African Wellness Center have trained professionals here to support you.  

Educational Assessment

A Happier, Healthier You

We offer Psycho-Educational Evaluations that take into consideration the students cultural, societal and environmental variables. We have experience identifying learning strengths and weaknesses and value the opportunity to communicate the findings in a way that leads to understanding and lasting change.

Counseling

Here For You

African centered counseling is a philosophy and a therapeutic approach that emphasizes culture as the driving force in a persons life. Our approach is based on the history and experiences of African people in America. We utilize research-based techniques to build skills and shape behavior orientations so as to support the client in developing a mindset that is capable of thriving in the midst of the unique variables students of African heritage face. It is necessary for African Americans to have a psychological approach engineered for them and their growth, benefit, and empowerment.

Two Dried Leaves

Couples Therapy

A Happier, Healthier You

Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. My Couples Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself.

Our Qualifications

June 2009 - Presently serving as a school psychologist 

Dr. Moore serves K-12 students from the ages of  3 years up to 22 years old. He has served as a Educationally Related Mental Health (ERMH's) provider and Behavior Specialist.

School Psychologist

June 2018

Music City Social Emotional Learning  Conference  Nashville, Tennessee!

Eight conversations parents should have to support the emotional development of African American youth.

2013-2016

Director of Special Education

Dr. Moore has worked with a variety of families and supported students with a variety of identified challenges. Dr. Moore has knowledge of and provided leadership over several specialized programs within many districts across Northern California.

June 2019

Guest Lecture: 

Discussed healthy psychological development for African American youth. The fine points of the lecture highlighted parenting techniques utilized in African American homes and typical behavioral and psychological outcomes resulting from the respective parenting styles.

September 2006 - August 2015

Psychology Researcher

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January 1995 - December 2000

Troubled Youth Counselor

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Our Qualifications

Experience You Can Count On

My name is Devyn McDonald Sr., I have been counseling for 10+ years. I earned my Master degree in school counseling from National University.  My soul purpose why I went into counseling was to help others achieve a healthy balance between their social/emotional/mental well-being. Growing up in Inglewood Ca, I was exposed to certain traumas, mental illnesses, and broken homes. I just knew that there were better ways to handle certain situations and events that could hinder a person growth. Playing sports was my outlet (self-care) from the inner city pains, I was able to go to college (Fresno State), were I played football and got my B.A in communication. I met my wife in college and now we have 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl), we have been married for 15+ years. As a black man I understand that our culture deals with different kinds of trauma. With those traumas comes behaviors and emotions that are hard to pin point the root of the problem. The benefits of counseling is to get to the root of the behaviors and emotions so the person can be free to live their life unrestricted by the effects of trauma.

 

January 2017 - Presently serving as a school counselor

School Counselor

Mr. McDonald serves K-12 students from the ages of  3 years up to 22 years old. Mr. McDonald has provided crisis intervention and personal counseling, counseling academically and economically disadvantaged students, providing individual and group counseling to assist students in making decisions regarding classroom behaviors, social and emotional coping skills. Help develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP).

2006-2017

Group Home Counselor

I oversaw all activities and daily duties for group home residents, residents were ten young men age ranging from eight to eighteen years, daily activity planning and conflict resolution. Responsible for counseling the children in the home, whether it was one-on-one or a group setting. Additional responsibilities included the distribution of medication, meeting nutritional needs, providing transportation for residents and distribution of resident allowed funds.

2017-Present

Grief and Marriage Counseling

Mr. McDonald has worked with a variety of families and supported individuals during their times of grief and married couples getting connected and invest in with each other.

Contact Me

I love helping my client develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact me today to learn more and book a session.

Sacramento, CA, USA

(559) 907-8286

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About Me

Nguvu ya akili
Strength of the mind

As a person of African heritage I began to realize a great majority of people in my community did not seek the services of mental health professionals and did not have trust or faith that this level of support would be an effective solution to their challenges. At an early age it became my mission to bridge the gap between a profession I believed in and the community I love. As a school psychologist my passion for helping children be the best version of themselves has no ethnic barriers. Rather, it is the appreciation of all cultures and their brilliance that has inspired me to place an emphasis on the African American culture.I truly care for all of my clients, and work diligently to help find them the answers they seek.

 
 

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