Adeke Rose is a nationally known keynote speaker, poet and spoken word artist. Named one of CBS Baltimore's Best Poets for 2014, she uses her poetry to promote connection, growth and healing in others. As a licensed psychotherapist she was concerned about reaching people, especially diverse populations who were underserved or avoidant of the mental health system, in a non-threatening yet effective manner. Her poetry is her vehicle to promote understanding, healing, growth and hope. Adeke Rose's poetry covers themes including self-image, grief and loss, PTSD, Veterans, disability, mental illness, relationships, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, love, healing, community and many others. Her soft spoken voice and humble nature, yet powerful presence has made her inspiring, effective and approachable. Her poetry has brought hope to others, and helped reduce the stigma of counseling and mental illness. She has been a featured artist at numerous public venues and private functions across the country. Adeke Rose is the author of four poetry books/ chapbooks and two albums of poetry. In her private life she is a mental health clinician in private practice, and adjunct faculty of psychology at a local community college. Adeke Rose is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Professional Women and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. For more information she can be contacted on Twitter at @adekerose, on Facebook at Adeke Rose, Poet or through her website at www.adekerose.com.