Treshana Lewis | MSW
You wake up it’s another day. Internally, you’re met with many emotions. The pain of yesterday, the joy of today, and the uncertainty of tomorrow. The unpredictable rhythms of life can take a toll on your mind, body, and soul. Trauma, unforeseen loss, financial problems, and relational stress are just a few facets of life that can ignite depression, anxiety, grief, uncontrollable anger, or a loss of identity. It may manifest itself as an unexplainable sadness that you can’t seem to escape, an intrusive thought that you can’t erase, or an excruciating knot in your stomach that medicine doesn’t seem to alleviate. These experiences are difficult to navigate and a burden to carry.
But I’ve seen people channel the uncertainty and difficulty and in that there is hope! You can go from a sense of confusion to having confidence and feeling secure. From being afraid of the rawness of your emotions to sharing and processing freely. You don’t have to carry your burden alone, and here lies the beauty of connection and community.
In our work together, we will approach your concerns empathetically. We will ask questions to help you think critically. We will sit together in discomfort. Sometimes in silence. As we enter into a space of vulnerability, transparency, and authenticity, we will patiently work towards building a collaborative relationship. We will journey down a path of self-reflection and discovery. There will be tough conversations, laughter, awkward silence, and unexpected emotions but this will all be worth it on your way to healing, hope, joy, and freedom.
Much of who I am as a therapist is shaped by my upbringing and experiences as a child. I am a first generation African American and a proud descendant of Jamaican parents. Like most bicultural persons embracing my cultural and ethnic identities proved to be challenging at times. However, on my own path of uncovering self I am learning the unfathomable beauty of both. Being raised by a single mother and undergoing the devastation of losing my father spurred on my passion for encouraging and empowering the fatherless, mothers, and those enduring loss.
In the latter part of life the weight and impact of trauma, mental health, and behavioral health concerns has been tangible in my life, family, and community. This has served as a driving force for my work as an advocate of mental wellness through a holistic approach.
There are many disparities and social constructions that have negatively impacted Black people. One that I am intimately acquainted with is societies ideas and beliefs around beauty and worth. For the majority of my life I have been defined by my hair, skin, and physical features, devaluing the beauty of my full self. The dismantling of the lies that shaped my identity and self-concept is arduous but also fruitful. I now know and fully believe that I am loved and fearfully made by God. When not providing therapy I love to sing, play my guitar, write music, dance, spend time with Jesus, engage in insightful conversations about life and finance, and connect with friends and family.
Are you brokenhearted, feeling lost, traumatized, marginalized, or bereaved? Do you desire to enter into a place of wholeness and good mental health? If that is you, I am here to support you. My commitment as a therapist is to walk with you through all aspects of life. For Black children, adolescents, families, and communities I am here to help us as a people cope with, and overcome trauma and mental health concerns. Don’t be afraid to reach out! I’d love to connect with you and meet you where you are. Call to set up a session with me!
Therapeutic Orientation & Technique:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Financial Therapy & Health
Treshana’s Areas of Specialty & Background
Grief & Loss
Anxiety & Depression
Anger & Anger Management
Identity & Self Concept
Black Concerns & Bicutural Stress
Spirituality & Christian Integration
Dating & Relationships
Communication & Conflict Resolution
Pregnancy & Parenting
Child Development & Adolescent Transitions
Financial Concerns & Disorders
Master of Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Houston, Downtown, Houston, TX
“Treshana has seen me through some very tough transitions. She has used active listening coupled with grace-filled truth telling to help me navigate those transitions. Her clear and objective perspectives have been trustworthy and encouraging on multiple occasions.”
“Treshana has journeyed with me through heartbreak, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. She was someone I trusted to pour my heart out to, seek advice from, and receive unconditional love and support from. She was extremely empathetic, kind, and always authentic. She always reminded me that who I am is enough and how I feel is okay, no matter what!”
“In speaking with Treshana about my anxiety over broken relationships, she was very instrumental in asking me questions that allowed me to process my real feelings towards my situation. I was under a lot of discomfort and unsure of my next steps in my friendships, but her attentive approach to identify the roots of my anxiety has helped me face my fear. As a result, I was able to have tough conversations and successfully relieved stressors that complicated my day to day interactions with others. I am grateful for her wisdom and support.”
“I am so grateful for Treshana’s help when I was going through an emotionally challenging time. She was patient, considerate, and understanding. She created a safe space for me to express and process my feelings and emotions.”
Articles by Treshana
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