Tameka Whittlesey, 

LCSW, LCASA

Therapist in Charlotte NC

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I help women who want to regain ownership back in their lives but feel suffocated and restricted due to the stress, guilt, worry, and grief that is weighing them down.

You may find yourself feeling like you aren't good enough as a mom or woman, the struggle is real and you are validated, especially when you are trying to juggle children, work, finances, relationships, social life, and everything in between.

It can be hard to be hopeful for the best when you feel like everything but “your best”. Instead, you may feel empty, powerless, resentful, confused, and alone. As women, too many times, we are told to just deal with it, or we feel like we have no choice. This assumption that we must suffer in silence is not the healthiest approach and can cause more harm than good. As a Black woman, I understand how the pressure to continue to produce & “show up” despite not being at 100% is even more detrimental to the mental wellbeing of Black women, as we already have to deal with the “Strong Black woman” archetype assigned to us by society. However, when the load gets heavy, realize that you do not have to carry it all on your own. Know that your experiences and feelings are valid and that there is a safe space available for you to sort them out.

I support them by identifying the sources of these stressors and then facing them head-on. I have learned from my own experience that simply ignoring these feelings can cause us to sink deeper into a state where we are struggling to remain afloat. This can create mental/emotional fatigue or that “burnt- out” feeling that makes us want to just give up on everything. I want to encourage you to put priority on your mental health, because therapy can help get you to a place where healing begins.

I received my Bachelor of science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.  I have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I am aware of how intersectionality can cause differences in experiences as it applies to my client’s sex, gender, orientation, race, religion, nationality, etc. and welcome all women. I also specialize in helping Black women navigate through their unique experiences and heal from past and generational trauma preventing them from being the best version of themselves. My approach in therapy is creative, and eclectic, using my clients personal strengths to assist in achieving their treatment goals.

If you are a woman and are experiencing anxiety, depression, shame or guilt - I am here to help.