GET TO KNOW ME
Welcome, my name is Kerry Duarte. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Provider (CMHIP) who established an online private practice called Ray of Light Wellness. I first became interested in the field of mental health during my senior year of high school when I volunteered at a nursing home. I noticed that residents felt better when I was able to provide empathy and active listening while visiting with them. It was a very rewarding experience to develop a significant level of rapport and connections there. I went on to complete my undergraduate studies at Salve Regina University in Newport RI where I graduated in 2008 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Psychology and one in Sociology. From 2008-2010 I attended Wheelock college, which is now a division of Boston University, and acquired a Master of Social Work degree. Shortly after I graduated I became a member of The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I obtained my Massachusetts licensure as an Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in 2014. Throughout my career I have worked with
client populations within community agencies, school systems and clinical settings. I am also a bilingual therapist who has been providing sessions in the Portuguese language for those who need a therapist fluent in the language. Since starting Ray of Light Wellness in 2017, I enjoy meeting with clients online and creating a comfortable and easy experience for them. I currently work one-on-one with clients who are 18 years or older with a focus in treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions, low self esteem, eating disorders, and gender identity issues. In 2019, I completed credits from the Integrative Institute of Mental Health and became a Certified Mental Health Integrative Provider (CMHIP), allowing me to talk about diet and nutrition with my clients as well as natural alternatives to healing the mind, body, and soul. In 2020, I acquired licensing to be able to meet with clients in the state of Rhode Island, and in 2021, I also obtained licensure in the state of Connecticut.
During my free time, I enjoy reading about health and nutritional approaches to healing. I also love to write poetry and listen to classic alternative rock. I am an animal lover who likes to spend quality time with my dog. I am open to learning and hearing about all spiritual practices and cultural beliefs. I am also a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. I welcome all who are interested to join my practice and aspire to empower and promote strength and healing for my clients.
This is Pacey, my furry office buddy. You might hear his paws around the office or he may want to make an appearance from time to time. He loves people and is happy to make anyone smile on a bad day.