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Robins Clinical psychologist uses Puerto Rican heritage, resiliency to help civilians on base

Felisha Garcia at work

Felisha Garcia is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Occupational Medicine Services for the 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, and the Fast Forward Clinic at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, at Robins Air Force Base.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Felisha Garcia has had a lot on her mind since arriving at Robins about a year ago.

 

The Puerto Rico native, a licensed clinical psychologist in the Occupational Medicine Services for the 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, and the Fast Forward Clinic at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, is charged with caring for the Robins Air Force Base civilian workforce.

 

“When I was told of a base who needed assistance with suicide prevention and it allowed me to be out-and-about, I immediately jumped at the challenge,” she said. “My job is a multifaceted position that entails conducting therapy, consultations, presentations, testing[ESGUAA1]  for security clearances and substance abuse evaluations, crises response, assisting supervisors, suicide prevention awareness, and outreach.”

 

“I am the only psychologist for thousands of civilians, which can be an overwhelming thought at times, but I am eager to help all in need,” Garcia said.

 

Garcia said she loves to share her heritage whenever possible.

 

“Being Hispanic has served to propel my career,” she said. “I am a bilingual clinician who can conduct therapy in Spanish, so I can help so many more people and give back to my own culture who are often hindered by language barriers.”

 

To this day, Garcia takes great pride in teaching someone a new Spanish word, having someone try her culture’s delicious foods, or listen and dance to culture’s tunes. 

 

 “I have learned that in reaching out and sharing, I help to make my foreign culture a little more familiar and friendly to others, which leads to greater appreciation and camaraderie,” she said.

 

Garcia said with her family’s deep admiration and appreciation for the military, she’s honored to assist civilians serving the Air Force mission.