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Hidden Gems: Meet Sherri Collins of Embracing You 2gether

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sherri Collins.

Sherri, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
It’s funny to be asked that question in this current day, age and time. I never thought that I would be a Clinician or Therapist. In my early childhood years, I wasn’t always talkative, but funny and a little introverted at times. As I grew from a child to adolescence and then eventually adulthood, I found myself wanting to know the inner workings of people. Not just knowing the inner workings, such as why they do what they do but to speak to the things that they could not even see themselves. People are funny often. We see people for what they want us to see them as. However, au contraire people are exactly the complete opposite of the presentation. This is what drew me to being a clinician and a therapist. I wanted to bring comfort to people for them to be able to unmask themselves and live and walk in their truth. Adapting this into my mantra and model of life has allowed me to be able to relate to multiple populations through my various experiences through life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There are many struggles along this road of being a clinician, but the struggles are not just affirming and the fact that you have to study for several years and there are multiple exams that you must be able to pass to prove that you can be a clinician. I found my struggles in my identity, my community, and how I represented myself. Being a part of multiple communities such as the black community, the LGBTQ+ community, and being married to a white woman puts me out in front. I’ve never been afraid of the front lines, but the struggles did not calm until I began to accept myself. Of course, my family and friends showed me support and love; however it was the very community that I was a part of that often questioned my true commitment to improving the quality of life around others.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Embracing You 2gether?
Embracing You 2gether is an inclusive, culturally competent, LGBTQ+ affirming private practice. I provide mental health services to individuals, couples, and families. Counseling sessions are facilitated in an inviting atmosphere for clients to be themselves and encouraged to freely share their concerns and challenges; it’s like a conversation between friends with therapeutic boundaries. I specialize in depression and mood disorders, anxiety, grief, trauma, amongst other clinically diagnosed disorders. Oftentimes I utilize CBT (talk therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). However, my approaches and interventions are customized to each individual. Embracing You 2gether!

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
My favorite books are 1. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem 2. Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy 3. Addicted to the Monkey Mind by JF Benoist 4. History of the Association of Black Psychologists. My Favorite Apps: 1. Shine 2. Calm 3. Amazon Prime. My Favorite Podcasts: 1. The Read 2. Therapy For Black Girls 3. The Brilliant Idiots 4. LeVar Burton Reads 5. The Nicole Walters Podcast 6. On 1 With Angela Rye Other Resources/Blogs: Black Mental Health Guide – Catherina Malone-Taylor W.I.T. – Women In Transition – Rachel & Nehemie

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