As a single mom of color, I have witnessed the extreme societal pressure placed on mothers to choose between their career or their children; leaving little room to even provide attention to their own self care. This ignited a passion within me to use my skills to support women to navigate through the chaos. My goal is to work with those women who may need help coping through these very real everyday stressors. Not a mom? That's ok! I can also empathize with the pressure placed on women of color in the workplace to work so much harder than their male counterparts. Its my hope to create a safe space for you to explore these feelings.
It can be challenging at times for women to have access to a therapist who can empathize with their experiences. Through a strengths based approach, I would love to share my personal experience with being a woman of color, a mom, a Christian, as well as a goal oriented professional in non-profit leadership and mental health.
Through this journey, I want you to find a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and self worth and I would be honored to take that walk with you. Our sessions will not be for me to "social work" you, but for you to unload some of the pressure and burden to make the ride a bit easier. No matter what it feels like, you got this... you can do this!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Shaquala has been an enormous help! I function healthier in my romantic relationship, as well as my work and friend relationships. Those closest to me have noticed that I communicate better, am emotionally aware of myself, and know how to process when crises happen. I always know that she’s ready to listen and help.
Written on Jun 28, 2022 after therapy with Shaquala for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Shaquala is amazing and very knowledgeable. She has opened my mind to shifting my internal perspectives which has allowed me to think differently through events and situations in my life. I really trust her and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for easy to follow tools and strategies!
Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Shaquala for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
Shaquala is GREAT!
Written on Sep 01, 2021 after therapy with Shaquala for 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and coaching
She is very passionate and understanding. She listens and provides the help I need.
Written on Jul 06, 2021 after therapy with Shaquala for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Shaquala is relatable and very easy to talk to. She makes me feel comfortable and heard. It’s nice to have a counselor that is open and understanding!
Written on Jun 30, 2021 after therapy with Shaquala for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue
She is amazing and I feel very supported.
Written on Jun 29, 2021 after therapy with Shaquala for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, self esteem, coaching, and adhd