Shakirah FordeLCSW

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Availability

In Eastern Time

What does a first session with you look like?

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.

Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

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.

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

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.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

LGBTQIA related issues

Coping Skills

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Social Anxiety

Anger management

Fees

$100

First Session

$150

Family Therapy

$150

Couples Therapy

$100

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Couples Session

Retreats

Family Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Family Systems Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certification For Animal Assisted Therapy and Healing Power of Pets

Licensure

GA, LCSW, CSW006433

NY, LCSW, 089428

Education

Masters In Social Work

Bachelors of Science in Social work

Work History

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.

Location

Remote Therapist, College Park, 30337, GA