KATHERINE PONTE – FOUNDER

Katherine is an advocate, writer, and entrepreneur dedicated to promoting mental illness recovery and wellness. She is based in New York City and the Catskills. She was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and then severe bipolar I disorder with psychosis over fifteen years ago while in graduate school. She is in recovery with the help of a strong support team of family, emotional support animals, friends, and a psychiatrist. A first-generation high school graduate, Katherine has a BA in political science from the University of Western Ontario, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a qualified Barrister & Solicitor, New York Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional, New York Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She has worked as a lawyer, foreign legal consultant, and entrepreneur in Toronto, São Paulo, and New York City. Katherine also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, the largest affiliate of the leading mental health non-profit organization in the US. She built ForLikeMinds with invaluable support from her spouse, Izzy Gonçalves. It was inspired by their personal insights and seeks to help people like them in their own mental illness recovery journeys.

Katherine's Recovery Journey

Izzy’s Caregiver’s Mental Illness Recovery Journey

O sonho encheu a noite Extravasou pro meu dia Encheu minha vida E é dele que eu vou viver Porque sonho não morre. Adélia Prado

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