Jeanine Baillie, PsyD
What do you do at UHS?
I identify as a Trinidadian, multi-racial, cis-female, queer psychologist. I work from a strengths-based and social justice approach to support UC Berkeley students, groups, and systems. I provide brief individual, couples, and group counseling, outreach student drop in support, crisis intervention, supervision and training, and consultation to students, families, staff, and faculty. I'm interested in multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized student populations, international students, student-athletes, LGBTQ+ populations, group dynamics, and students and systems struggling with a variety of intersecting identity-related questions or concerns.
When did you start working at Tang?
What do you find most interesting about working in college health?
The intersections of culture, spirituality, mental health, and overall wellbeing. I value our diverse global community and am committed to supporting the personal development and academic success of all UC Berkeley students.
What's your "Tang Tip" for students?
Breathe deeply and take care of the human body you are in. The body needs oxygen, sleep, water, nutrients, exercise, fun, and social interaction to flourish. When there are challenges in life, it's especially important to take care of the basic needs of our human body. By giving the human body what it needs to function, we are more able to raise consciousness, as well as work to our personal, academic, social, and vocational potential.
Breathing is foundation. You cannot be in your foundation if breathing is shallow or strained. If you want to feel closer to your foundation, bring your attention to your breath. Become aware of your breath, the times when you are breathing in a shallow way, and bring awareness to your thoughts that these shallow breaths are creating. You will see that your mind is chattering. None of those thoughts when breath is shallow have any depth or great significance. These thoughts are superficial like the breath is shallow. These thoughts hold no power unless you give them power. If you take a deeper and deeper breath, your body will start to relax and you will notice these shallow thoughts will fly away like clouds or scatter like birds. And then you will be in foundation, grounded by the power of your breath: you are present, relaxed and solid.
Right now, I encourage you to take a deep breath in (to the count of 6) and exhale out (also to the count of 6). For a quick guided meditation, check out my Tang Tip video. Breathe deeply and meditate it forward
What are your hobbies/what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with loved ones, music, dancing, swimming in the ocean, gardening, yoga, hiking, and traveling.
What's your favorite quote?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou