Sisterhood Empowered: Nurturing Wellness for Black Women


Welcome to Sisterhood Empowered: Nurturing Wellness for Black Women! This inclusive therapy group is specifically designed for black women who are mothers, professionals, single, married, and aged 25 and up. Our mission is to create a supportive community where we can focus on enhancing our mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. Through engaging discussions, therapeutic exercises, and shared experiences, we aim to empower each other to lead fulfilling and balanced lives. Join us on this journey of growth, sisterhood, and self-care. Together, we will thrive in mind, body, and soul.

Group Therapist

Shawn James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Rochester, NY. Shawn is passionate about helping individuals who suffer to manage their anxiety, anger, or feelings of disconnection from others. Many of Shawn’s clients turn to substances to self-medicate their depression, which creates damage in their relationships, physical health, and emotional wellbeing. Shawn supports these clients to reconnect with their inner selves and process through the difficult feelings that arise. She is particularly passionate about working with the Black or African American, Indigenous, and other minority groups.

Shawn’s approach to therapy incorporates elements of many evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and others. She teaches clients about mental health and encourages them to reflect on their feelings, backgrounds, needs, and desires. Her style is approachable, down-to-earth, and humorous, as she loves to make therapy sessions a comfortable, compassionate space.

Shawn earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College. She takes a strengths-based, person-centered approach to therapy and values holistic balance across all areas of one’s life, including physical and spiritual health.

Shawn James

Shawn James is a therapist in Rochester, New York specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, couples counseling, and life transitions.


New York (Online)