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Shaakira Simmonds is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Gainesville, GA who works with young adults and adults, including parents. Many of her clients feel overwhelmed by what’s happening in their lives, whether that’s work, growing a family, or going through major life change. They find themselves highly irritable or angry, which can impact their ability to sleep throughout the night or to take care of themselves. Shaakira also works with those whose anxiety or depression leads to challenges taking care of the self.
Shaakira’s approach to therapy centers around renewal. She strives to empower her clients to start fresh and grow motivation to make healthy changes in their lives. Clients find that Shaakira offers an atmosphere that feels safe and supportive as they talk about what’s happening in their lives. They benefit from learning about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices, increasing their self-awareness and learning more about their patterns. Shaakira focuses on finding solutions for her clients to bring into their personal and professional lives to find ways to cope with their emotions.
Shaakira earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University. She has over 15 years of experience as a therapist and is a collaborative therapist who lets clients determine where they go in sessions. Taking a strengths-based perspective, she believes that all clients have an innate resilience to tap into when working on their mental health.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
Years of Experience: 16 years
Renew Counseling and Services, Therapist, 2019 - Present
North Carolina: C012734
Washington DC: LC50080161