Dorcas Matowe, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Dorcas Matowe is the founder of Africulture Counseling Center, PLLC. She is a proud Zimbabwean American who recognizes the importance of understanding one’s culture and family history when assessing for mental health. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Florida and Illinois and a Clinical Fellow of and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She served as a board member for the Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a two-time recipient of the AAMFT Doctoral Minority Fellowship where she studied racial and ethnic health disparities. She is a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society.
Dorcas earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science in Human Services specializing in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bennett College. She brings decades of work experience in areas including multicultural issues, immigration issues, intimate partner violence, geriatric care, and HIV/AIDS. Her research on racial and ethnic health disparities inspired her to dedicate her work to improving the lives of people of color. She specializes in Bowen Family Systems Therapy, which takes an intergenerational approach to understanding physical and mental illness.
Dorcas recognizes that numerous factors contribute to poor health: underemployment, distressed neighborhoods, inadequate health care, discrimination and racism, family pressures, substance misuse, work stress, to name a few. Thus, she incorporates a Social Determinants of Health perspective when working with individuals, couples, groups, and families. She is passionate about addressing the needs of the underserved, particularly the elderly, the isolated and those who feel unaccepted or misunderstood.
She is an adjunct professor and has co-authored in the following publications:
Matowe, D. To Thine Own Self Be True (2022). In James, A.G., & Anderson, L.A. (Eds.). Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice (pp.63-68). Cognella.
Charlés, L.L., Lewis, F., Matowe, D., Yzaguirre, M. & Jama, S. (2020). Training the Next Generation of Skilled International Family Therapist. In Charlés, L.L. International Family Therapy: A Guide for Multilateral Systemic Practice in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. Routledge.