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About

Tamika Lewis

CEO, Founder of WOC Therapy Inc

Tamika is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Grief Recovery Method, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tamika graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Masters degree in School Counseling and completed her Masters in Social Work at UCLA. She was a National Association of Social Worker Award recipient, and was presented with the UCLA MSW Excellence Award. As a mental health expert, Tamika draws from over 15 years of experience working with agencies such as UCLA Medical Center, DCFS, LAUSD, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Tamika has an extensive background in educational counseling and specializes in working with teens and women.

Who We Are

WOC Therapy Inc. takes a trauma-informed culturally competent approach in working with clients. We teach our clients how to reprogram painful past learning by getting to the source of limiting thoughts and beliefs. We encourage clients to ask more generative questions such as “What happened to me?” instead of “What’s wrong with me?” We explore historical and institutional racism and its impact on mental health for BIPOC communities.

The client experience is built around a feeling of safety, transparency, and cultural appreciation. With increased confidence and support, our clients go on to experience healthier relationships, more meaningful careers, and inner peace.

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7.1 % Hispanic and 8.1% of Black women...are receiving mental health services compared to 23.3% of white women

By the year 2050 women of color...will represent 53 percent of the total U.S. female population

New mothers of color...have a rate of postpartum depression that is about two to three times higher than the rate for all new mothers.

Depression was reported..as the most common mental health condition across all minorities.

Meet The Team

TAMIKA LEWIS Clinical Director - LCSW # 61311
Pavan Basra Associate Director - AMFT# 117766
Alexis Smith APCC # 10299
Keturah Hunte APCC #8562
Tennya Smith AMFT #118151
Chelsea Davis ACSW #67442

BUT, WHY?

According to the National Health Report, racial and ethnic minority women — as well as LGBQT people — face greater mental health risks and burden of the disorders because of disparities working against them. Lack of culturally competent care has the potential to result in worse outcomes than those who do not seek help in the first place.

SIMPLY PUT…

High-effort coping, also known as the “super woman syndrome”, leads to higher rates of anxiety and depression in WOC. The practice of over-delivering and over-committing isn’t worth your physical and mental health. WOC Therapy promotes personal growth and healing so that you can experience more balanced and joyful living.

Testimonials

Tamika took me on as a client at the height of the pandemic. I knew that I needed more emotional balance with the unforeseen events of the pandemic, racial unrest movement, and a very eventful political campaign. I knew talking to a woman who looked liked me would help with carrying the load of 2020 and going forward. I had no clue how bad it would get but the only thing that pulled me through was knowing that I would be able to release so many emotions on a biweekly basis. I knew I needed someone that could see me when I couldn’t see myself and help guide my through what felt like a never ending emotional rollercoaster. I am so grateful for Tamika and all that she does to be in support of black women by helping to keep us mentally balanced and emotionally aware! She has a way of holding me accountable of my thoughts and feelings that I appreciate so much. So grateful for finding Dr. Tamika Lewis!

Corene L.

Skeptical about therapy? Not sure if it’s right for you or if it will actually work? I honestly felt the same way before meeting Tamika; whether you’re going through a tough period in life or just wanting to get more in tune with yourself and live your best life…Tamika delivers. She is passionate about her work and makes you feel comfortable and safe. She feels more like a friend than a therapist and you walk away from the session feeling relieved and lifted. Thank you Tamika for being you and putting so much compassion and care in what you do

Gunjan N.

As a woman of color, it was extremely important to me to find someone who understood my day to day life experiences. I not only found that with WOC Therapy, but specifically with Tamika. I found an educated, kind, understanding, and incredibly helpful therapist who has been by my side during one of the most significant changes in my life.

I am truly grateful for WOC Therapy and Tamika Lewis! Thank you!!!

L.A. C.

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