Last edited 08/16/2022
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During our first session together Ill collect some background information, talk about events and symptoms that have brought you to treatment, and get clarity about what you want to achieve by working together. This is the chance for me to make sure I am able to effectively treat you and for you to ask questions and make sure you are equally comfortable with me. Although I may ask some difficult questions, the initial session is usually light-hearted as I would like to build your trust and confidence over time to be able to share more vulnerable aspects of yourself because that is where the change begins.
A recurring theme amongst my clients whether they are seeking help for depression, having trouble managing stress, or working through relationships is poor boundaries. Many individuals I come across have trouble identifying their needs, verbalizing their emotions to others, and finding ways to say no or put themselves first without resulting in feelings of guilt or worry. This has allowed me to make sure that assertive communication, self-esteem, and self-worth are addressed with all my clients. Healthy boundaries are a part of self-care.
Now, this may sound a bit silly but the childrens movie Inside Out made a huge impact on how I viewed emotions as well as how I am now able to help my clients view them. The movie is about a girl who is trying to adjust to change and work through difficult times while experiencing Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. During the bulk of the movie, Joy tries to take charge to make things ok but in the end, the emotion that gets her through is sadness. This is because all emotions are important. In fact, it is the uncomfortable ones that help us learn, grow and move forward. It is okay to not be okay.
LGBTQIA related issues
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Certification For Animal Assisted Therapy and Healing Power of Pets
- Georgia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CSW006433
- New York, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 089428
Masters In Social Work
Bachelors of Science in Social work
I have 7+ years of experience as a counselor. I began my career working with homeless Veterans, moved to working with adults with acute medical illnesses, and now serve individuals suffering a range of disorders including Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. Many of them also dealing with co-current medical problems. I specialize in working with the LGBTQ community and welcome individuals from all backgrounds. Sometimes we can feel so low, we feel there is no longer a reason to live because life seems too painful or so alone we think no one will miss us. I help my clients see a different future; A better future. I help them identify and resolve the triggers that are causing these negative symptoms and come up with a realistic plan to turn their life around and start enjoying things again. I use interventions such as CBT, psychodynamic therapy, family therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Shakirah Forde, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Shakirah Forde accepting new clients?
Yes, Shakirah Forde is accepting new clients.
Does Shakirah Forde accept insurance?
No, Shakirah Forde does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Shakirah Forde offer?
Shakirah Forde offers therapy for couples, families, individuals and via retreats.
Does Shakirah Forde offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Georgia and New York can book Shakirah Forde for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Shakirah Forde offer online therapy?
Yes, Shakirah Forde offers online therapy to people in Georgia and New York.
How quickly can I see Shakirah Forde?
Shakirah Forde typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Shakirah Forde speak?
Shakirah Forde conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Shakirah Forde online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Shakirah Forde online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.