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Tennille Paul-Exume, Therapist
My name is Tennille Paul-Exume, I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in the Bedford Stuyvesant area. My ethnic background is African American. I attended the college of New Rochelle for my undergraduate studies where I obtained Bachelor's Degree with area of interest in Psychology. Then I attended Alfred University where I graduated in June of 2021 with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
I started in the counseling field because I believe that everyone needs someone to talk to and to be heard. Every person deserves to be heard and I want to be the person that listens, and guides with compassion and understanding.
I currently provide therapy here at Therapists for Black Girls and I have worked as a mental health provider in other roles. I worked for a non-profit agency as a counselor for ten years. During this time, I helped countless individuals work through their issues. I saw their challenges working with organizations as well and have always stepped in to help. I also work for a non-profit agency as case manager for tenants with mental illness living within supportive housing.
I have also provided mental health support at Coney Island Hospital as a Psychiatric/ Social Health Technician on the inpatient psychiatric unit and dealt with many clients dealing with a range of mental health concerns.
I care about working with Black people, especially in the counseling field, because I strongly believe that Black individuals like to see people of the same color helping them when they reach out for assistance. Most people want to feel comfortable with their counselor/ therapist. We can create more of that feeling of comfort and understanding if the client is able to relate to their own culture and background to that of their therapist.
Unfortunately, I have dealt with racism, I never really addressed the issue, I just ignored the individual and went about my day. I wish just wish that racism did not still exist, and hope everyone in this world is better able to connect, understand and relate to others.
My clinical approach is Cognitive Behavioral, I also do a lot of work with Stress Management. I believe clients experience me as being kind, honest and open in my communication with them. I always try to provide a balanced viewpoint and help them see their different choices in life and the impact of their individual choices. Many of my clients have thanked me for taking the time to listen to them and providing them with support when needed.
I love to decorate for special events like holidays and birthday parties, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.