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Founder

Venice Garner-Moore, LCSW
Owner of Embracing Your Difference, LLC

“When I lost my memory and missed my freshman year of high school, my guidance counselor told me to drop out and get my GED.  I told her, ‘No Ma’am, I am not giving up’.” –Venice Garner-Moore

Venice Garner-Moore is a Bronx, NY native.  She holds two bachelor degrees from Lincoln University, PA in Journalism and Human Services.  While on Lincoln University’s campus, Venice was a very active student on campus.  Venice is a former Ms. Lincoln University and published her first book of poetry, “Because I am Different” at the age of 21!

Venice lives her life by old adages, as “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle,” and Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?”  Her favorite quote is, “Everyday is a good day, it’s just that some days are better than others.”

Venice received her Master’s In Clinical Social Work Degree at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  Venice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist.  Venice is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

In addition to a therapist, life coach, author and motivational speaker, Venice’s experience include working in therapeutic foster care and most recently in corporate special education, in which she was the Executive/Senior Director of a Private Special Education School providing a structured therapeutic environment and enhanced academics to students with mental health and learning disabilities in the state of Connecticut.  Venice took a “leap of faith” a few years ago and resigned from her corporate education position to work on Embracing Your Difference full time as the CEO.

Her recent book, Embracing My Difference-Erasing Fear While Finding Purpose, is an inspirational book to encourage people to embrace challenges as a part of life and let go of fear to finally reach your purpose.  In Embracing My Difference, Venice is transparent about her journey and speaks about key components to living a full life to embrace your difference.

Embracing Your Difference, LLC. is a private practice & motivational firm in which Venice continues to motivate and inspire people through individual & couples therapy, self-esteem enhancement, young mothers & father groups, post-partum workshops/groups, LCSW Supervision and also a mentoring program.  Venice also hosts the Embrace Your Difference Mentoring and Prayer Conference each year.  She speaks in various cities promoting her book and to motivate, inspire, and help women/men and all young adults reach their full potential and embrace their difference.

Vernon Moore

Vernon Moore, MSW
Co-Owner of Embracing Your Difference, LLC


“If you can fill the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds worth of distance run, Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, And- which is more- you’ll be a Man, my son!” -Rudyard Kipling

Vernon Moore, Co-Owner of Embracing Your Difference, is an East Coast Native with strong ties to New York, Connecticut, and Virginia.  Vernon is an active mentor, coach, and social worker.  He currently coaches baseball and basketball and is a veteran basketball referee. Vernon also coaches his sons soccer, baseball and basketball teams and never slows down when it comes to helping his family and community.  Vernon has worked in the Mental Health field for almost 10 years and holds various certifications such as Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents & Adults and Restorative Conferencing.  Currently a School Social Worker and Therapist, his passion continues to be helping others be their best and live their best.  Vernon went to Clark Atlanta University and Eastern Connecticut State University for undergrad and earned his Master’s in Social Work at Springfield College with a concentration in Family & Children.  Vernon lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.

Embracing Your Difference, LLC. is a private practice & motivational firm in which Venice & Vernon continues to motivate and inspire people through individual & couples therapy, self-esteem enhancement, young mothers & father groups, post-partum workshops/groups, LCSW Supervision and also a Mentoring Program.  They also hosts the Embrace Your Difference Mentoring and Prayer Conference each year.  As Founders of EYD, they speak in various cities promoting the importance of mental Health, mentoring and to motivate, inspire, and help women/men and all young adults reach their full potential and embrace their difference.



EYD Therapists

Tonya R Jackson

Tonya Renee Jackson
PHD in Residence

Ms. Jackson presently resides in Connecticut State. She has been an intricate part of her community for the past 12 years. She has traveled, taught, and worked along the East Coast via Public/Charter/Private & Magnet School systems. She presently works as a Private Family  Therapist/Counselor/Group Facilitator/Psycho-Educator/ Public Speaker/Activist and Mentor. 


Ms. Jackson Specializes in Emotional healing & restoration for Men, Woman, Children and Families who are stricken with emotional unawareness while experiencing Family Violence. Ms. Jackson is an expert in exposing areas of Domestic Violence and Family Abuse while concentrating on effective tools for healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. Mentoring of men, woman, children & families.




Founder

Shaniqua Dillard, MHS
Therapist Associate 

Shaniqua Dillard is one of the therapist/counseling associates here at Embracing Your Difference. She primarily works with older adolescents and young adults. Clients are referred for an array of concerns  such as, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, familial conflicts, sexual abuse, and more.  Shaniqua’s own life experiences has provided her with a greater ability and understanding of demonstrating unconditional positive regard as she works passionately in treating, educating, and encouraging clients. Through a trauma-informed lens, She will help you sift through the stress, gain clarity about your thought process, and develop healthy habits for your well being.

 "When we gain clarity about the experiences of childhood trauma and emotional neglect, we are better positioned to improve our lives in the present."




Jewell Jones

Jewell Jones, LMSW
Therapist Associate & Advisor

My practice is based in the belief that everyone has within them the power to heal, grow, and adapt. The most powerful energy in the earth is the human spirit. When the human spirit is touched by any degree of trauma that remains unaddressed, it can impact the quality and trajectory of life. My life experience as a military veteran, a 20 year banking and finance employee, and a married mother of five children, has informed the importance of empathically, spiritually, and culturally aware engagement with clients. My commitment is to help you achieve success on your terms and reach goals you define. I believe the only insurmountable problem is a mind that resists change.

I work with individuals and couples, by building a strong relational alliance and utilize tools to address emotional areas such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem; to engagement areas such as communication and intimacy. The mind-body-spirit connection is key to lasting change and we will explore these areas to identify the origin of disruptions and help you create a plan to healthfully progress.

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410 State Street Suite #7
North Haven, CT 06473
Tel: 203.936.9213
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