Amira for Her
Therapist Chantel Wells
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I am from the Bronx, NYC. My parents are very traditional and taught me traditional values. I identify as a Black woman. I attended Buffalo State College for my bachelor’s degree and graduated in 2014, and Lehman College and Alfred University for graduate studies. I am currently in the process of completing Advance Training Certification in Mental Health.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a counselor is knowing that you had a part in effecting the life of another human being. I have worked in places providing counseling and teaching and even worked in detention centers providing mental health services. Due to structural barriers that black people face in their daily lives, I believe it is important to serve my people. Culturally relevant help aids the possibility of helping one find healthy ways to release their pain so they can heal, grow, and free their hearts and minds.
I have experienced institutional racism in one of the higher education facilities I attended. Unfortunately, it was directly from the professors on campus. At the time, I was not aware of what microaggressions were. As a first-generation student, I felt discouraged because it was a culture shock, I didn’t not have support from my advisors, and I was not financially equipped to pay for supplies. I was embarrassed to call my parents since they were not in support of this decision. It was a very challenging time and it affected some of my decisions.
I use a Psychodynamic approach in therapy and have special education in sexuality and sex therapy. Many clients have said they admire my creativity, passion, and drive to continue to help with grace. I learned this skill and strength by dealing with my own challenges and from facing adversity. Growing up in a traditional household, and a big family, has helped me to understand how to deal with people old and young. I love helping people strive.
I am very arts driven, I love counseling through the arts, whether it’s through music, theater, drawing or other forms of art.