"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
SHANEQUA ANDERSON LCSW, MPA
Freeing yourself [is] one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self [is] another.
SHANEQUA ANDERSON is a Black queer woman and native New Yorker, raised in Chelsea.
For almost 20 years, Shanequa has worked in a variety of settings. She has provided crisis management, group and individual psychotherapy, and advocacy for children and families all over New York City. Her early work was primarily in the areas of child welfare and chemical dependence.
At present, Shanequa works privately as a psychotherapist, an adoption social worker, provides clinical supervision and advisement, engages in professional technical support and training, and recently lectured on Mental Health and Human Services at Kingsborough Community College, as well as Decolonizing Social Work Practice at Columbia University. Her clinical practice areas are focused on healing complex and intergenerational trauma, promoting sexual pleasure and embodiment, and gender and sexual orientation affirmation. In addition, she supports community members in accessing strengths, forming healthy attachments, achieving self-efficacy and goal actualization.
Shanequa coordinated the Center Families Program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center in New York City in tandem with supervising the groundbreaking LGBTQ Foster Care Project. The project resulted in a citywide policy and advocacy initiative to find LGBTQ and affirming homes for all children in the New York City foster care system. She is also the Co-Creator and Agency Managing Director of Photo Safe, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to, "capture, print and preserve digital images of children in foster care in the United States with the sole purpose of creating a historic record for the personal use of the child."
Shanequa holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a Licensed Clinical Master of Social Work, was a nationally certified Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor for 11 years (retired 2018). She recently completed a yearlong certification in Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy, and is now a training coach in this program. She is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.
It is her professional mission to immerse herself in the uniqueness and culture of the individuals, couples, partners, and families she meets. Her ultimate goal is to promote authentic living, allowing for quality of life improvement, safety, empowerment, balance, sexual fulfillment, and an overall holistic wellbeing.
WHAT DOES SHANEQUA DO?
With You Every Step of the Way