Enroue Halfkenny: Consultant, Babalawo and Psychotherapist

Bio:

Enroue Halfkenny is a 49 year old, Boston born, multi-racial, cisgendered, black male and has been committed to facilitating healing and liberation in himself and others for most of his life.   He is experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, communities and organizations.  While he internalized notions and practices of liberation from his parents, who were activists and organizers, Enroue has continued to address systemic and interpersonal issues of oppression and liberation through to today.

At Middlebury College he studied Psychology, Improvisational Dance, played Division 3 Basketball and was a DJ on the college’s radio station, WRMC.  Since graduation, he has been a carpenter, performance artist, a staff member at the Park Slope Food Coop, a wood carver and a writer/poet.

Enroue apprenticed within the spiritual house Ilé Aṣẹ́ Ṣàngó Éwélérè in Boston, MA, from 1993-1999, under the guidance of his Iyalorishas, Oṣunkẹmi and Ṣàngóyẹmi.  He was initiated as a devotee of Ifá in Oyo, Nigeria in 2000, within the compound of his mentor, ‘Wande Abimbola, the Awiṣe Awo ni Agbaye (spokesperson of Ifa for the whole world). Through his ongoing training he has become an Awo, a priest of Ifá, using the traditional healing technologies of that tradition.  In addition to his formal training as a traditional healer, he has had a meditation practice for over 20 years and utilizes these practices, strategies and perspectives with individuals, couples, families and groups.

In 2006, Enroue decided to expand his training at the Smith College School for Social Work to more skillfully address the emotional, spiritual and mental health issues that are a source of strength, resilience and suffering for many people. He graduated in 2008 as Valedictorian and has been working as a Clinical Social worker since.  Since then he has returned to Smith to teach as an adjunct professor, to sit on panels addressing curriculum and undoing racism in the profession and at large, and has most recently been a Marta Sotomayor Fellow. In this role he addresses systemic oppression related to race, gender and ableism as it impacts the students, staff, faulty, advisors and administrators at the Smith College School for Social Work.

For five years, Enroue worked at the Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic, a community mental health clinic in New Haven, CT.  It was there that he provided individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy for children and their families suffering from the negative effects of poverty, PTSD, problematic sexual behaviors, depression, anxiety, physical and sexual abuse, divorce, community violence, and other complex traumatic events.

It is his unique skill set as an activist, artist, priest, and clinical social worker that helps him to develop effective, client specific strategies for individuals, couples, groups, organizations and communities.  Enroue is committed to the diverse ways of addressing health and healing so that people can be free to be in the world the way that they choose. While varied in training and expertise, Enroue is particularly respectful of his clients’ spiritual, humanist and cultural perspectives and creates interventions honoring their values and concerns.

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Healing and Liberation Counseling has worked in partnership with/at: City Wide youth Coalition(CWYC), Clifford Beers Clinic, Co-creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), Common Ground High School, Earthdance, The Future Project, Hampshire College, Hartford Youth Scholars, LEAP for Kids, Montessori School of Northampton(MA), Music Haven, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Ecology Project, Perrin Family Foundation, Quinnipiac University, Smith College School for Social Work, Soul Fire Farm, Two Streams Zen Peaceful Dragon Temple, West Haven VA Hospital, West River Neighborhood Services Corporation, William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund, The Word, Yale University, You Inc.. and at various locations in New Haven.

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View Enroue’s Curriculum Vitae.

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