It all started when...
Neshia (she/her) realized that stories are capable of either empowering or harming those who hear them. As an African-American and Samoan individual who grew up in the South Pacific and various parts of the United States, Neshia also knows that helping people speak their own narratives - instead of silencing, invalidating, or speaking for them - is a deeply healing process.
After almost a decade in the mental health field, Neshia brings experience working with sexual assault survivors, hospice patients, and people from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. She completed her Master's degree at Seattle University, where she also earned the prestigious Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award for her research and writing around the experiences of mental health clients and therapists of color. Founding South Seattle Counseling in 2017 was a humbling opportunity for Neshia to bring together her dynamic background and create another way of serving her community.
Neshia incorporates elements of existential, narrative, feminist and cognitive-behavioral therapy into her treatment approach, all while centering counseling on the individual's strengths and cultural experiences. She is not currently accepting new clients.
In her free time, Neshia enjoys collecting scarves, writing (you can find her first book of poems here), exploring the many culinary and cultural gems in her South Seattle home and spending time with loved ones.