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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).



Ivette Guillermo-McGahee's Bio


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Congratulations to our CEO, Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, for being awarded the 2023 Women of Excellence Leadership Award by SJ Magazine. This award recognizes her as a bold and influential leader who has demonstrated growth, success, and positive impact in her profession or community. You can read more about the other honorees of this award here.

"I'm humbled and grateful to those who nominated me and the team who selected me for this award. I have accepted this award with an increased sense of responsibility and as an encouragement to continue bringing my love and dedication to this job," Ivette.


Our CEO, Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, was interview by Al Dia News— on September 8, 2020.

"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."


Our CEO, Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, presented during the following webinars and conferences during 2022:


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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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:


EPISODE 3 – Connecting with Underserved Communities – Ivette Guillermo-McGahee 

This episode of the Pinelands Podcast features a discussion with Ivette Guillermo-McGahee. Ivette is the founder and CEO of Allies In Caring, Inc., a Hammonton-based nonprofit organization providing mental health counseling and educational services to Latino, deaf and other underserved populations. As a Mexican-born child of deaf parents, Guillermo-McGahee has a deep understanding of the abilities and strengths in people rather than their deficits or illnesses.  Ivette is also on the Board of Trustees at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Hosted by Jason Howell. (10/22/21)

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