Shanequa Anderson, LCSW, is a queer Black woman and a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she studies the impact of intergenerational trauma on the sexual pleasure and embodiment of Black women. She maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist and adoption social worker.

Ms. Anderson’s early career focused on child welfare and chemical dependence. She has provided crisis management, group and individual psychotherapy, and advocacy for children and families in New York City. She coordinated the Center Families Program at the LGBT Community Center in New York City, and supervised the LGBTQ Foster Care Project, which 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. Ms. Anderson is also the co-creator and Agency Managing Director of Photo Safe, a nonprofit organization whose mission 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.

Ms. Anderson provides clinical supervision, engages in professional technical support and training, and lectures at Kingsborough Community College. Her clinical practice focuses 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 goal is to promote authentic living, allowing for quality of life improvement, safety, empowerment, balance, and overall holistic wellbeing.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Anderson was raised in Chelsea, and currently makes her home on the Rockaway peninsula. She has completed certification in alcoholism and substance abuse counseling and Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in social work.