Who Are We
Supporting My Sista started in order to create a safe place for women to be free, and have an outlet to release any challenges with no judgement! We all wear different titles,we wear different hats, we tend to fade into the background, and are still expected to hold everything together. The purpose of our organization is to break the stereotype that women cannot work together and that we must compete against one another to make it in the world. We believe regardless of your age, race, or life choices, we can all come together to provide love and support to each other. We want to create a safe space to have real conversations that you would normally not have. We want all women to know it’s OKAY not to be OKAY!
"Women who support other women are confident, generous, visionaries" Mariela Dabbah
To provide a safe place for women to come together, to support, uplift, pray, encourage, and be there for each other.
We strive to bring hope, support and learning to women on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment in order for them to have a life where they feel alive and are thriving personally and socially.
To develop a sisterhood of women dedicated to empowering other women through real relationships and openness.
About Our Founder
Elise Goulbourne is fueled by her passion and commitment to serve others through both her professional and personal work. As a native Detroiter, Elise has developed her perseverance, strength, and work ethic from her beloved city. She is a fierce advocate for the well-being of children and families, dedicating her time and efforts to promoting and teaching the benefits of therapy and mental health services for all.
Elise is a proud alumna of Virginia State University, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from one of the best historically black colleges and universities in the country. Elise furthered her education at Wayne State University, graduating with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in couples and family.
Elise is a compassionate and impactful leader, serving as the Vice President of Behavioral Health with Black Family Development Inc. She is the founder of Supporting My Sista, a women’s group that provides support, resources, and a safe space to talk, release, and relate with other women.
While working with children and families, especially using a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model, Elise discovered many families had hidden traumas and kept their struggles private in an effort to hold it together. She found this especially true with women, which led to the creation of Supporting My Sista with encouragement from her own sister, Melissa. As a woman of great faith, integrity, and authenticity, Elise continues to work diligently within her community. With a humble and grateful spirit, she personifies the scripture, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain” - 1 Corinthians 15:10.