Tanisha Pelham, M.S.
I am a Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia completing my final training year at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. I completed my master’s degree in Community Psychology at Florida A & M University, where I crystallized my passion and commitment to addressing the mental health needs of traditionally underserved communities.
I have been primarily trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), however I like to integrate the most helpful therapeutic tools and approaches to meet the needs of individual clients. My orientation is also heavily influenced by multicultural perspectives. I enjoy exploring intersections of identity including but not limited to experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class. It is important for me to empower my clients through a strength-based approach and create a meaningful connection in a space which is collaborative and authentic.
In my past training practicums, I have worked with student populations, veterans, and in community health settings addressing a variety of concerns including those related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and other trauma related concerns. I find it especially fulfilling working with individuals regarding identity development, intergenerational issues, interpersonal conflict, racism (including the simultaneous experience of racism and sexism), and oppression. I have worked with adults across the life span and from various intersections of identities.
Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities (walks, biking, kayaking etc.), reading, yoga, exploring somewhere new (local and otherwise) or watching an entire series over the span of a weekend!