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Shakiema Raphael

Shakiema Raphael

9 years of experience

I help clients address their past trauma, work on emotional regulation, engage in inner-child work, and more. I love helping clients come out of their depression or anxiety, see their potential, and find their purpose in this world. I guide them in building their self-esteem, enhancing their self-awareness, and improving their overall functioning and stability. I followed the path to the mental health field due to my own personal struggles growing up. I come from the Caribbean where mental health and therapy were taboo and there was little support when I struggled with extreme anxiety and panic attacks. With my go-getter attitude and desire to challenge myself, I decided to go deeper into a field that empowers me to help others in their processes. I am a firm believer in going through the process of therapy alongside my clients and allowing them to see that they are not on their journeys alone. We will work together through the dark times and the good times, always remembering that through everything there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have worked in the mental health field since 2012, mostly in the substance abuse field in multiple capacities. I am a therapist who challenges you but also helps you be gentle and empathetic to yourself.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

The intake process focuses a great deal on your current issues and patterns of your upbringing. I like to relate our current issues with our past complex traumas so that we can see the unconscious survival coping skills we have been struggling with for years. I assign homework and believe that therapy is 30% of the work you do outside our sessions to build on the therapeutic foundation. It is important for you to see the work inside and outside of our sessions so you can see that you can also be a force for yourself and your growth. Clients who are truly ready to go deep, get vulnerable, and fight their old patterns and coping skills that no longer serve them are my go-to. Therapy is work and it can be ugly but it can also be beautiful in the end.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

I use a combination of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, reality therapy and more. I also use EMDR when I feel is best suited. I like to keep my therapeutic interventions patient specific therefore, even though these are my go to uses for interventions I play around with what works best for the client overall. I am always looking to learn more about how to be a better therapist through continuous training on inner-child work, CBT, and more. I am currently in the process of becoming EMDR-certified and will be looking into more DBT and Gottman training in the upcoming year. I am continuously looking at ways to address different levels of trauma and give people their power back through therapeutic techniques and experiences.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My biggest strengths are cognitive reframing with CBT, DBT work and inner child healing as well as emotional regulation skills.

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