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.

Violeta Donawa, MA, LLMSW

Violeta (she/her) is a therapist and clinical social worker who loves poetry and the grand capacity of the human heart. She grounds her therapy and personal ethos within the principles and practices of Healing Justice which offers a framework for embodiment that, as Cara Page states, “intervenes on generational trauma and violence . . . to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.”

Having pursued her doctoral studies and also earning a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2014, Violeta has guest lectured on race and ethnicity, youth and society, sense of belonging across various Social Science and Humanities departments at Michigan State University, Oakland Community College, Vanderbilt University, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York. In 2014-15, she also taught and engaged in program development in Luanda, Angola. Violeta was selected as the 2017 United States fellow for the prestigious Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland where she presented on the importance of resourcing community healing from state violence as a human rights issue. As a result, she was later invited as a Summit Speaker for the International Decade for People of African Descent Conference in Georgetown, Guyana.

In 2019, Violeta graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a focus on Interpersonal Practice and African-Centered Social Work. Since bridging her Sociological endeavors with healing justice work and clinical therapy, she prioritizes working on health and healing strategies at the cross-section of collective, personal, and psycho-spiritual care. Violeta has experience working with young people, adults, and communities across a number of important issues including but not limited to racialized stress and trauma, gender identity expression and queer identities, anxiety and depression, and sexualized violence and complex trauma. She uses a number of interventions such as Generative Somatics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Her favorite part of the work is uplifting the inherent dignity, wisdom, and resourcefulness of clients.

In addition to her work clinical practice, she has served as a board member of the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network board and partner to Healing by Choice! Detroit.

Violeta is deeply moved to be a part of The Firecracker Foundation and its mission to dream up a world that supports the safety, security, and holistic healing of survivors and their communities.


Alicia Barajas

Alicia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working and volunteering with children, teens and families in various capacities for over a decade. Currently, she is a mental health therapist at Community Mental Health, and has previously worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region and taught middle school in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a proud graduate of the Lansing School District and the Michigan State University School of Social Work. She has completed Michigan State University’s Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Certificate and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Alicia has experience providing support to parents in individual and group settings, focusing on understanding the effects of trauma and evidence-based parenting techniques. The best parts of her job include: focusing on the strengths of families, building relationships, playing with Legos and having dance parties whenever necessary.

Deborah Delcamp

Deborah Delcamp is a Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker. She has 10 years of experience working with traumatized youth and families, ages 0-17, including 8 years of utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience working with issues such as trauma/PTSD, sexual/physical abuse, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, relationship/attachments issues, and supporting families. Deborah graduated from Michigan State University in 2006 and 2007 with a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. She worked with families involved in the child welfare system at St. Vincent Catholic Charities 2007-2015 and at Community Mental Health since 2015. She has a passion for helping traumatized youth and families, including supporting parents through the difficulty of caring for these youth.

Deborah also completed a 200 hour teacher training in November 2016 with Belinda Thurston at Just B Yoga. Part of Deborah’s training was in trauma sensitive yoga and she has been assisting with Community Mental Health’s trauma-informed yoga alongside Belinda since fall 2016. Her yoga practice started as a compliment to her long-distance running and has turned into an important self-care practice. Combining her hobbies and work has been truly rewarding.

Amanda Dubey-Zerka

Amanda Dubey-Zerka, LMSW received her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University in 2006. Amanda is an Instructor for MSU School of Social Work and co-owns Wise Willow Counseling & Consulting in East Lansing, MI.  Amanda is Nationally Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT – PTSD), and has over 15 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults who have survived trauma. Amanda utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy and creative art techniques in her work with survivors. Amanda is a Master Trainer for the Michigan ACE Initiative and regularly provides training on the impact of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Amanda has volunteered with The Firecracker Foundation since 2013 by serving on the Board of Directors in the past and with the Program Development Committee. Amanda additionally provides supervision and support to the foundation’s clinician and interns.

Help Needed.

We are currently seeking qualified individuals to join our network of therapists  and yoga instructors serving both child and adult survivors of sexual trauma. If your experience, expertise, and compassion have steered you this way, we’d like to talk to you about contributing to our work. Please contact us today at View our Child/Family Sexual Trauma Therapist Contract here.