BRANDEE PORTWOOD, MHC-LP
I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN QUEENS, NEW YORK. I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN BROOKLYN. I IDENTIFY AS AFRO-NATIVE AMERICAN.
My journey into this field wasn’t straightforward forward but I appreciate everything it has taught me. I attended Long Island University Brooklyn and earned a Bachelors Degree In Psychology with a Minor In Sociology and Anthropology. I received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Alfred University.
Helping others is my calling.
I can remember as a child always being the one who tried to make you feel better when you were down. As I got older it manifested into always being a shoulder to cry on, someone you could call on at any time. I think our greatest strengths as people are love and compassion. I believe we all have the same underlying concerns and wishes. It’s helpful to have a listening ear, you never know who may need it.
In communities of color, there is a stigma attached to seeking therapy. We are taught what happens behind closed doors stays there and that God/Jesus is all the guidance we need. I want to be someone that helps others break through this pattern of thinking.
To learn that seeking and asking for help from professionals doesn’t make you weak, on the contrary it shows how strong and brave you truly are. As people of color, we have to walk a daily tightrope due to how society views us. We experience on a daily basis more than I could write.
When helping clients my strengths are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotional Brain Training (EBT), (Emotional Freedom Technique) EFT (tapping), and Holistic Psychotherapy as well.
I am a New York Native raised by a single woman of color, a single parent myself, and a survivor of abuse. My goal is to help my client through the trials and tribulations they are experiencing within this beautiful privilege called life.