House of Protection, Inc. (formerly known as House of Hope, South Florida) is a Christian, non-denominational, not-for-profit 501(C) 3 organization, reaching youth ages 5 to 18. We are a refuge of hope for children, teens and their families, providing Pastoral Counseling, Community Workshops and a future Residential Program. We serve families in the Tri-County area of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Our office is located at 600 SW 3rd Street Suite 5100L Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Director of Counseling
Paulette Edwards was born and grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. In 1985 she migrated to be with her husband (Sheldon) in Brooklyn, NY. She then moved with her family to South Florida in 1989, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Atlanta University (FAU); a Master’s of Science in Mental Health from Nova Southeastern University (NSU); and is presently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Family Therapy also from NSU, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. While at NSU she was fortunate to receive supervision and training from Dr. Salvador Minuchin one of the founding fathers of family therapy.
She has always loved working with children and families and continues to work with them as the Director of Counseling for House of Protection, Inc. From 2004-2009 she was the youth group facilitator and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent at her church in Pembroke Pines, Fl. In 2006 she worked as a tutor for the Department of Juvenile Justice, Ft Lauderdale, Fl. In 2006, after completing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, she pursued a career as a home therapist with Henderson Behavioral Health. She loved working with the families, but realized that her work was from a linear rather than a systemic perspective. She needed more than just labels for children so she made a decision to find out what else was available for these families. She explored coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy with the assistance of a trainer (Dr. Arlene Gordon) provided by Henderson. Her introduction to the Marriage and Family Therapy program was breathtaking as she emerged into the systemic approach to therapy. She became more interested in the ideas of the Natural System, Solution Focus, Narrative, and Milan techniques, which shift focus away from pathology of the individuals to a more collaborative, strength based approach. This shift, along with guidance from God is now governing her training at school, therapeutic approach in career, and her interaction with people. Her training has also allowed her to take a holistic approach to meeting human needs by assisting people through the awareness of their genealogy, of finding their voices and opening spaces for new stories. Her vision is to build a community of faith using biblical principles of unconditional love and service.
She has the support of her son, daughter and son-in-law, siblings and friends in her goals and endeavors.