My name is Shenelle Sendar, Pre- Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
I have a passion for creating positive change in those around me. Throughout my career, I have worked with both adults and teens. I always encourage my clients to create a vision that inspires them to stay the course no matter how difficult.
One of my very favorite quotes is “Write the vision, make it plain” – Habakkuk 2:2. I always remind my clients that a written vision gives you the correct directions and coordinates you need to follow to get to your desired destination. It gives you the inspiration and motivation you need to push through life’s toughest challenges.
While studying my craft, I once worked as a Resident Advisor for juveniles and troubled youth at a group home. Many of these children faced severe trauma. For example, abuse, neglect, & emotional instability. While helping others through life’s pain is hard work, I remember this time in my life fondly; helping many of my clients find value in their life and helping them successfully fight through the issues associated with depression and low self-esteem. One of my proudest accomplishments is the time I spent teaching young people about self-love, self-worth, and helping these teens to grow and become someone greater than the painful situations that they had experienced.
Within the last two years, I have worked with adults from many different environmental backgrounds and ethnicities. My clients have come to me struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, and even PTSD. My focus is to show the compassion, patience, understanding, and care needed to help guide them through their journey to healing. I want to build therapeutic relationships that are genuine and open and create a safe space for those who may feel unheard, dismissed, or misunderstood.
Therapy is a part of your self-care. I want to remind you that on this journey, some days will be harder than others. It is okay to say, “I am not okay” and understand that you are not alone. We all have our dark days, and you don’t have to go through those dark days by yourself. I want to encourage you to be kind and gentle with yourself and always remind yourself that you are loved, you are enough, you do have a purpose, and you are needed.
2009: Moved to the mainland from US Virgin Islands to complete undergrad in Atlanta, GA
2013: Graduated undergrad, BS Criminal Justice
2013: Worked as a Resident Advisor at a group home for at-risk youth, Atlanta, GA
2017: Began Grad school online with Grand Canyon University to obtain mental health degree
2018: Moved to Florida
2018: Worked as an office manager/mentor to high school interns at non profit organization Step Up For Students
2020: Began Practicum/Internship at North Tampa Behavioral Health inpatient hospital working with the acute, geriatric, substance use, and the general population.
2020: Graduated from Grand Canyon University with an MS in Mental Health Counseling
2020: Became an official employee of North Tampa Behavioral Health after completing an internship
2021: Became a Registered Intern
2021: Worked in PHP/IOP outpatient program at North Tampa Behavioral health servicing patients diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and PTSD
2021: Began Career at Metamorphosis Life Revitalizing Center, LLC under the Supervision of April M. Jackson-James, Ph