About Our Founder

Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, MA, ACS, LPC

"I founded Allies In Caring, in 2012 determined to tend to the abilities and strength in people, rather than focusing only on their deficits or illnesses ."



Ivette's  experience as a Mexican-born child of Deaf parents, has provided profound  understanding of the potential for growth that lies within the hardships that are a part of the human experience. Her vision is to help families thrive and develop into more skillful, mindful, and compassionate human beings, while working through the adversity in their lives. 


Ivette's late work has been focused on developing innovative alliances to enhance the capacity to improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities.  

Her professional training includes a Master in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University, D.C. She has had extensive post-graduate training in Multicultural Therapy, Systems Centered Therapy (SCT), Trauma Focus – CBT, and in Mindfulness Based Interventions. Additionally, she studies and practices Theory U and Social Presencing Theater. 

Mrs. Guillermo- McGhee is a Professional Counselor, licensed by the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).



Curriculum Vitae 


Marleny Cruz interviewed our Founder and CEO Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, for her TV Show "We the People" on March 26, 2022. They talk about the importance of culturally responsive mental health services for diverse populations. Watch the interview here.

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Our CEO, Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, presented during the 𝑨𝒅𝒗𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝑬𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝑫𝒂𝒕𝒂 𝑬𝒄𝒐𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒔 webinar— on June 7, 2022.

She talked about the challenges and complexities involved in relationship-building and opportunities for establishing relationships among partners within the community.

Catch up here in case you missed the live webinar:


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"The anxiety she saw on a daily basis was at its peak, and a lot of people self-medicated with alcohol to cope with the stress. “What this person needs is to find friends that can help,” she said, “people need natural supports.” Those supports come in the form of meaningful relationships, connections with spirituality and nature, and meaningful jobs to name a few."