Shanequa Anderson is a queer Black woman. A native New Yorker, she was raised in Chelsea, and currently makes her home on the Rockaway peninsula.
For the last 16 years, Ms. Anderson has worked in a variety of settings. Her early work was primarily in the areas of child welfare and chemical dependence. She has provided crisis management, group and individual psychotherapy, and advocacy for children and families all over New York City.
Ms. Anderson coordinated the Center Families Program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center in New York City, in tandem with supervising the groundbreaking LGBTQ Foster Care Project. The project resulted in a citywide policy and advocacy initiative to find LGBTQ and LGBTQ affirming homes for all children in the New York City foster care system.
At present, Ms. Anderson works privately as a psychotherapist, an adoption social worker, provides clinical supervision and advisement, engages in professional technical support and training, and lectures at Kingsborough Community College. Her clinical practice areas are focused on healing complex and intergenerational trauma, promoting sexual pleasure and embodiment, gender and sexual orientation affirmation, building strengths, forming healthy attachments, and achieving self-efficacy and goal actualization. It is her professional mission to immerse herself in the uniqueness and culture of the individuals, couples, and families she meets. Her ultimate goal is to promote authentic living, allowing for quality of life improvement, safety, empowerment, balance and overall holistic wellbeing.
Ms. Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a licensed clinical Master of Social Work, a nationally certified, credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. She recently completed a year-long certification in Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy, and is now moving on to being a training coach in this program. She is a doctoral student researching impact of intergenerational trauma on the sexual pleasure and embodiment of Black women at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. She is also the co-creator and Agency Managing Director of Photo Safe, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to “capture, print and preserve digital images of children in foster care in the United States with the sole purpose of creating a historic record for the personal use of the child.”