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Shakiema Raphael Psychotherapy, LMHC

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Shakiema Raphael helps clients address their past trauma, work on emotional regulation, engage in inner-child work, and more. She loves helping clients come out of their depression or anxiety, see their potential, and find their purpose in this world. She helps them build their self-esteem, enhance their self-awareness, and improve their overall functioning and stability.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • Florida
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“We will work together through the dark times and the good times, always remembering that through everything there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I followed the path to the mental health field due to my own personal struggles growing up. I come from the Caribbean where mental health and therapy were taboo and there was little support when I struggled with extreme anxiety and panic attacks. With my go-getter attitude and desire to challenge myself, I decided to go deeper into a field that empowers me to help others in their processes. I am a firm believer in going through the process of therapy alongside my clients and allowing them to see that they are not on their journeys alone. We will work together through the dark times and the good times, always remembering that through everything there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have worked in the mental health field since 2012, mostly in the substance abuse field in multiple capacities. I am a therapist who challenges you but also helps you be gentle and empathetic to yourself.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process focuses a great deal on your current issues and patterns of your upbringing. I like to relate our current issues with our past complex traumas so that we can see the unconscious survival coping skills we have been struggling with for years. I assign homework and believe that therapy is 30% of the work you do outside our sessions to build on the therapeutic foundation. It is important for you to see the work inside and outside of our sessions so you can see that you can also be a force for yourself and your growth. Clients who are truly ready to go deep, get vulnerable, and fight their old patterns and coping skills that no longer serve them are my go-to. Therapy is work and it can be ugly but it can also be beautiful in the end. Pressure builds diamonds and your mental health and personal growth are priceless jewels.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking to learn more about how to be a better therapist through continuous training on inner-child work, CBT, and more. I am currently in the process of becoming EMDR-certified and will be looking into more DBT and Gottman training in the upcoming year. I am continuously looking at ways to address different levels of trauma and give people their power back through therapeutic techniques and experiences.
“I am a therapist who challenges you but also helps you be gentle and empathetic to yourself.”