Wellness Counselor / Mental Health Advocate / Mindfulness Teacher / Motivational Speaker
Debbie Origho Manigat, M.S., DMFT(c) Impacting people and communities for positive growth and holistic wellness is the mission of Debbie Manigat. As an existential Wellness Counselor and Mental Health Advocate, Debbie leads the “Your Life Matters” or #LifeMatters social change initiative for bringing global attention to mental wellness and suicide prevention in diverse and disadvantaged communities. Under President Obama’s Administration, Debbie was invited to the White House for their “Making Healthcare Better Series on Suicide Prevention” and created the “Mental Health Pledge” GoFundMe Campaign to raise funds for at-risk youth and disadvantaged families to receive free mental health services.
Locally, Debbie serves as a motivational speaker, mindfulness teacher, and holistic event organizer for numerous health, wellness, and corporate events throughout South Florida. Most recently, she served as a panelist for the inaugural “Your Health is Your Wealth” event for the Broward Chapter of the Urban League Young Professionals as well as their “Young Professionals Annual Retreat” at the Westin hotel in Fort Lauderdale. In Palm Beach, Debbie created and hosts the annual “Dinner with Doctors” and “Mental Health Masterclass” events in partnership with the Urban League of Palm Beach County Young Professionals.
In 2016, Debbie was highlighted by Legacy Magazine as one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” and selected as the Education and Empowerment Honoree from the National Council of 100 Black Women (South Palm Beach Chapter) for her outstanding commitment to mental health awareness. In 2017, Debbie was elected again as Legacy Magazine’s “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow”.
Coach Debbie is also a Communications Specialist, Freedom Coach, and Family Therapist. She believes that words are transformative which is why she uses her communications and therapeutic background to help people rebuild their self-esteem, use their words effectively, improve how they relate to challenging people or situations, and ultimately, resolve conflicts peacefully and professionally. Additionally, an integral part of her work is helping people heal from adverse childhood experiences or ACES. ACES are traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. She helps young professionals solve problems to unlock their past adverse childhood experiences and discover their resilient potential- mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Leveraging the power of relationships, Debbie empowers families to reconnect through learning how to heal past trauma. All in all, Coach Debbie is living proof that pain cannot destroy your purpose and she even uses her life experiences and expertise to inspire everyone to shine!
Debbie (Origho) graduated from Dillard High School with honors and is the first person in her family to graduate from college. Debbie graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and African American Studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University with a dual Master of Science in Mental Health/ Marriage and Family Therapy, and is presently working on her Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Debbie is a past recipient of the Golden Key International Honour Society $20,000 Graduate Scholarship Award (2010), Honorable Mention designee for the JM Lexus African American Achievers Award for Community Service (2012), and first ever Women of Tomorrow Graduate Scholar (2016).
Today, Coach Debbie serves as a Program Specialist for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Site Coordinator for Brazelton Touchpoints (Harvard University Boston Children’s Hospital approach to working with families), and is an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant/ Trainer for Family Central of Broward County. Within her work, Debbie is trained in and embraces the following methodologies: Art Therapy with Mindfulness Techniques (CP), Play Therapy Techniques (CP), Trauma Focused- CBT (MUSC), Solution Focused Approach (CSC), SIX SIGMA Yellow Belt (CSC), Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention (CSC), Calming Children in Crisis (CHS), Teen Outreach Program Facilitator (Wyman), Bullying and Emotional Intelligence (CHS), Infant Mental Health Level 1 & 2 (CSC), Prepare ENRICH certified Trainer, Marriage Counselor/ Mentor (SFACC), and many others.
Within the community, Debbie is extremely passionate about creating authentic experiences where people can connect and thrive! She hosts a Mommy and Me Life Group called “Moms Like Me”, in partnership with the nonprofit YouMoms, Inc. She also serves as a Board Member of Different Brains, Inc. nonprofit, Co-Chair/ President of the Palm Beach Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (PBAMFT), Women of TomorrowMentor, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. When she is not serving in those capacities, she is leading the NSU CAHSS Graduate Student Government Association Doctoral Marriage and Family Therapy Department Representative, TJ Leroy Medical Society student member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars lifetime member, and the exciting club of motherhood! She is a proud mom of two brilliant children that help keep her growing and learning daily. All in all, Debbie is so grateful for her journey and attributes God’s grace and guidance for her many opportunities to serve.