From the twin traumas of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to the fear and anxiety caused by the coronavirus and the related economic fallout, Virgin Islands residents have faced numerous challenges over the past few years. Now there’s a listening ear with a unique perspective that seems tailor-made for the territory and the issues its residents have faced. Nisha Jones, a native of the territory who grew up between St. Thomas and St. John, recently opened her psychotherapy practice, Buoyant Living, at Mongoose Junction.

Jones, a member of the V.I National Guard, said her eyes were opened to mental health struggles during her time at Guantanamo Bay, when members of various branches of the armed forces committed suicide. When her enlistment ended, Jones studied clinical social work with the goal of being a mental health provider. She soon found success as a psychotherapist at the Philadelphia Dept. of Veterans Affairs.