My therapeutic work draws on 20 years of practical experience in facilitation and creating creative and healing environments.
My work continues to focus on health/mental health; arts-based interventions; addiction recovery; and liberation-based healing practices.
As a facilitator, I have created curricula and processes for staff and young people in the arts, supported teachers and principals on classroom management strategies, and helped burgeoning not-for-profits create new systems and tackle difficult organizational situations. Clients included: Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative, Federation of East Village Artists, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Newark Public Schools, and others. Most recently, I developed a creative therapeutic workshop program for men in addiction recovery and young women in transitional housing for Turning Point in Brooklyn. I studied Clinical Practice at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
I have held internships with Exceed Charter Schools working with children in grades K-6 and was selected to be part of the Diversity in Social Work program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I am currently running a therapy group for women of color and maintaining a private practice of supervised by a private practitioner with 25+ years experience in family systems and relational approaches.
Liberation Based Healing Conference
Conference Committee and Hunter College liaison.
Panel speaker and moderator
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, the Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College spoke on the Creative Pathways for Liberation Panel with Tanya Fields the Executive Director of BLK Projek and José Miguel Paez, LCSW and Lecturer at California State University Northridrige. Moderated by Tanisha at the 11th Annual Conference at Hunter College.
Ackerman Institute for the Family
Tanisha had the please of being part of the Ackerman Institute for the Family as part of the Diversity in Social Work program where she was exposed to the Ackerman Relational Approach; Supervised by Laurie Kaplan, LCSW and Sipps Smalls, LCSW-R. Pictured here with co-hort members Helen Park (NYU), Jasmine Braithewaite (NYU), Kahin Adam (Columbia) and Ati Egas (Hunter) at the Ackerman Gala in 2017.
Artistic Connections – the art of sustainable wellness
A creative engagement team offering workshops that leverage structured writing and creative exercises as a vehicle for processing difficult experiences and emotions. Our foundational belief is that we are all artists with the ability to use artistic expression as a means of creating the lives we envision for ourselves. The process of our workshops assists participants in the development and implementation of sustainable wellness. With Kyana Brindle.