Jasmine Salmon, LLMSW
Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Michigan State University in Social Work. During graduate studies, she also completed a certificate in Evidence Based Trauma through the university. She is currently pursuing national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certification.
Jasmine’s professional experiences include working with many populations such as children, teens, and adults individually and in groups. She’s worked in various settings including the 30th Judicial Court: Family Division; End Violent Encounters (EVE), a nonprofit that provides supportive services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence; and a medically managed alternative to hospitalization for individuals who need a high level of care while maintaining connections to their families and communities.
Although Jasmine loves working with all populations in different capacities, her heart and soul are devoted and invested in doing trauma work with children.
Jasmine incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), play therapy, sand tray therapy, and motivational interviewing into her work with clients. She strongly believes that a strength-based, person-centered approach creates accountability and resilience.
Jasmine became a therapist because there are not enough places where people can come to breathe, to be, to experience unconditional acceptance, positive reflection, and create alternative narratives and visions for themselves. A relationship that makes that possible creates healing. “If I think of the darkest moments in my life in childhood and adulthood and of those around me, I know how powerful it can be to have someone there supporting and encouraging you to be your best and most authentic self. I am a therapist because we live in a world full of challenges and relationships that sometimes can be overwhelming and confusing. I am a therapist because I want to walk alongside people in this journey of life and hope to help them get the most out of life as possible. The staple of my work is to encourage others to believe that their trauma does not have to limit the possibilities and opportunities life has to offer.”
Jasmine is thrilled to embark on this journey as a Mental Health Therapist with the Firecracker Foundation and serve as a beacon of change in this community.
Francesca “Frankie” Stringer, LLMSW
Frankie earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in African and African American studies and then her Master’s Degree in Social Work both at Michigan State University (MSU). During graduate studies she completed certificates in Child Welfare and Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment through the university. She is currently working towards national TF-CBT certification.
Frankie’s professional experience includes working with youth and adults in various settings. She has worked with MSU’s Daughters of the Collective where she mentored 6th through 8th grade Black girls, MSU’s Adolescent Diversion Program where she was able to work with and advocate for youth in the Juvenile Justice system, at St. Vincent Catholic Charities as a lead youth advocate for youth in the foster care system as well as interned in their child welfare department working with families who were working towards reunification, and at End Violent Encounters (EVE Inc.) as a sexual assault advocate, providing supportive services and resources to individuals and families.
Although she has experience working with folx of all ages and backgrounds, Frankie’s heart lies within her work with children. Being able to bear witness to and actively listen to the stories youth would tell her during her early career in social work led her down the path of becoming a mental health therapist. She believes that there needs to be more spaces for youth to openly share their experiences and be heard because sometimes all they need is someone to listen, someone who offers them a space to heal. She reflects on her own life and challenges and embodies the person that she needed during her childhood to help create a space of healing and light for youth today. She recognizes that the world is full of challenges and hopes to encourage youth to overcome what overwhelms them.
Frankie’s goal as a mental health therapist is to support youth on a path towards healing because therapy is about meeting you where you are and collaboratively working towards healing. As a professional, she tends to use an integrative or holistic model which combines various therapeutic models and includes empowerment as well as strengths-based approaches. Her methods take into consideration the person as a whole, all of their life experiences up until their work together and even after. She believes that centering you and your experiences while working collaboratively and building a healthy therapeutic relationship creates a healing space that promotes accountability, resilience, and growth.