Hella Good Therapy: Shanice Applewhaite, APCC
As a therapist I want to offer a space that feels secure, intentional, and communal. I value honesty, healthy boundaries, a deep sense of community, play, pleasure, and hope. I have a strong interest in the intersections between individual experience, the surrounding environment and sociological pressure. I believe in people, plants, animals, and in the hope – with intentional action – for a brighter future.
About my clinical work:
My job can be to hold hope, to hold space, or to help you hold yourself accountable.
We can unpack / repack / replay and rewrite stuck and hurt narratives, broken family systems, and coping mechanisms that no longer serve us.
We can make space for you to come to terms with all facets of your identity (and there many possible intersections), in your own way, and on your terms.
We can do process work, gently uncovering past and present wounds, giving them voice and presence. At times it can also be a space to just get some shit off your chest.
We can discuss and spend time understanding your different parts, and how those inform your sense of safety and wellness.
We can reflect on the intersection between your life and world, and find ways to cope with the state of things, and the systems which often seek to suppress us.
We can also identify our own shit, and take responsibility for what we have control over, and how to identify when we don’t.
We can shift from should’s, shouldn’ts and must’s into full hearted yes’s, with pleasure and purpose.
I was raised in a small town in Washington, where the population’s diversity ratings were under 4% for all non-white people. As a biracial, and black woman this upbringing informed my sense of identity and left me feeling “not enough” in every way. It was around my sophomore year of highschool when I took psychology, and heard the statistic that 86% of therapists were white women. From that moment on I knew that this work was for me, not only in an attempt to relearn and unpack my own experience, but to offer the representation and support I had always needed.
I am a nature lover, and find deep solace communing in the woods, mountains, and near large and small bodies of water. I am a parent to two cats, and love them dearly. Dance and play are my passions as well as writing and laughing with friends.