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By Roslyn Carrington
LORRAINE POUCHET is a fireball of pure energy, and
with the many positions she holds, she'd have to be. The
Chairman of the National Carnival Commission juggles
that workload with her directorship of her husband's
company, Injoy Tours, and her membership in the
Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries
(TTCSI), (an advocacy group for the local services sec-
tor) and the Standing Committee for Sustainable Devel-
opment in Tourism. She is also President of the Tour
Operators Association of T&T.
At the risk of exhausting you just by reading this, I also
have to add that Pouchet has answered a calling to pro-
vide a rare but much needed service: Original Pain Ther-
apy. And, no, I'd never heard of that before, either.
"It's a specialised area of psychology," she explains. "We
try to find the root causes of trauma. It's based on the
premise that from the moment of conception until about
age 12, we have 5 phases of development as human be-
ings. All of these phases culminate in the rounding off
the individual, into adulthood. If our needs are not met,
or if we experience trauma, it interferes with the way we
This pain or trauma manifests itself in our lives in dys-
functional relationships or destructive or self-destructive
behaviours. The therapy includes regressing the client
back to childhood to identify the point of trauma. Original
Pain Therapy, she explains, is a form of grief work: clients
grieve the loss of what they lacked in childhood. "We help
the person deal with that, and find a way forward."
She takes this aspect of her work very seriously, in re-
sponse to a spiritual calling she received 25 years ago.
"I've always had a gift; people tell me their problems.
When my father died, I was in grief counselling; one girl
there wouldn't talk to anyone but me. Her sister had
committed suicide and she blamed herself. I was able to
get her to open up." The counsellor suggested she enter
training as a therapist, and has been supporting others
ever since. She is also trained in Trauma Debrief, which
helps trauma victims move on with their lives after dev-
How does she encounter the worst pain of others with-
out being damaged by it herself? "You have to learn to
be empathetic and not sympathetic. You can't carry it
In her capacity as NCC Chairman, she operates with
vigour and vision. She believes in being guided by the
NCC mandate, which is to: make Carnival a viable na-
tional, cultural and commercial enterprise; provide the
necessary managerial and organistional infrastructure;
and establish arrangements for ongoing research, the
preservation and permanent display of the annual accu-
mulation of Carnival products.
Given the turbulent history of Carnival management, this
is no mean feat, but Pouchet is undaunted. "The NCC
needs to take back control of all of Carnival, so no stake-
holder is left out." They are stressing adherence to the
new strategic plan, clearer portfolios for staff, and
greater accountability to their line ministry, the Ministry
of Arts and Multiculturalism.
A Mas lover and a passionate Trini, she stresses the need
to own our culture. "We need to take back our Mas. We
are engaging people and organisations who can help us
toward more creativity, who can help us transform the
Mas. We have had public and private consultations. We invite
ideas and recommendations. We are looking at the benefits
to our communities and stakeholders."
She is a stickler for the management of Government funds.
"We need to tighten up. We need to get better bang for our
dollar." And with so many diverse communities requiring at-
tention, she strives to serve all, and embrace all; vendors, mas-
queraders, visitors, observers, support staff, all. "We need to
keep looking at the benefits coming back to T&T. And there
is no reason why we can't achieve our mandate."
In essence, the first calling allows her to serve the needs of
her clients' spirits, while in another capacity, allows them to
revel in the pleasures of the flesh. It is a rare person who can
find balance between the two.
How does she manage all of this? She laughs. "I really love
people. I accept them for who they are --- it doesn't mean I let
you walk over me, but I understand what made you who you
are. I am at a place where I believe it's time to give back."
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