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Cherie Dortch


Cherie Dortch is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Psychoanalyst. She received a dual Bachelors's Degree in Psychology and Sociology at CUNY Queens College, where she graduated with honors. Cherie received her Masters's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She then continued her pursuit to further her professional knowledge and clinical expertise at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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A huge advocate for mental and emotional health, recipient of the prestigious Mary McLeod Bethune National Council of Negro Women Community Service and Leadership Award in Psychotherapy, Cherie embodies the understanding that mental and emotional wellness isn’t just about a diagnosis. It is most importantly about how we navigate through our daily interactions, while being self-aware, and self-reflective.  

Understanding the traumas that have plagued Black and Brown communities, Cherie understands the importance of removing stigmas from the idea of pursuing therapy. She has appeared on several panels and podcasts discussing mental health in the Black Community, which include News 12 Diversity Long Island and ABC’S Here and Now, with television news reporter Sandra Bookman.


 After the untimely death of  12-year-old Dejah Joyner, an ABGS student who was fatally shot while sitting in her living room, Cherie created a not-for-profit, Choose Love For Life to raise awareness and provide mental health education to those in need. 

Cherie has also launched an online wellness store, By Nirvana Cherie, named after her 3-year-old granddaughter, which includes the Nirvana Wellness Retreat, an annual event held in various tropical countries for women and men to begin and sustain their journey to healing.   An advocate for the health of the Earth and of People, Cherie is vegan and helps others in transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.

She is the proud author of several books, Nirvana: A book of Positive Affirmations for Little Girls, Kendall’s Kindness, a book that teaches children about being kind and her own life story in the book “The Butterfly Effect:  Her Return To Love.”  

Her passion is helping others to gain more self-awareness and assisting them on their life journey in reaching their fullest potential in every area of their life,  so that they can live happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

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