Hello beautiful you. Welcome to my page!
My name is Olufemi Sharp. Olufemi is pronounced O-la-fem-e. Some people prefer to call me Femi which is easier to pronounce and remember, either way is just fine with me.
A few things about me, I enjoy my work as a therapist. My expertise is in treating mood challenges and couples counseling. I call mood shifts challenges because having mood shifts is not always perceived as a mood disorder.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor MA, LPC, with 25 years of training, education and experience both as a therapist and in real life the school of hard knocks. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to doing this work; it's my honor to help people sort through the many twists and turns of life in the same way smart and caring people helped me when I needed most. Most importantly, I provide wisdom, insight, life strategies, skills and tools necessary to help eliminate or reduce mental health symptoms of anxiety, stress/fatigue, depression, grief/guilt/ gender dysphoria, couple/relationship conflict, just to name a few. A new joy & freedom will emerge as individuals are able to step more fully into their true authentic beautiful selves without the self-critical inner dialogue.
I provide an emotionally safe, understanding and nonjudgmental counseling space and treat a wide range of mental health services to include: anxiety, depression, intimate partner struggles, teen angst, bipolar, eating disorders, social anxiety, PTSD or complicated trauma, gender dysphoria, social injustice distress, and anger management. I work with family stress, work stress, low self-esteem. I provide Transgender/LGTQIAA affirming therapy, bereavement counseling, tools to treat negative self-talk, addiction counseling and more persistent problems which can include personality disorders and chronic illness.
I invite you to click on my calendar and book an appointment. Allow me to help you thrive and to live life more fully.
My primary clients are adults, couples, teenagers 12 years old and up, including whole family systems. I help people build an effective therapeutic tool box that contains healthy life skills and strategies sufficient to solve your unique and specific challenges. Practicing therapeutic tools afford you the benefit of finding your way out of the stuck places and to live a vastly more satisfying life. Parents and caregivers are required to be involved in the therapeutic process with adolescent/teenagers. Studies show that working with a child alone in therapy independent of parental involvement will not yield effective therapeutic results. Therefore, therapy truly is a family affair. My goal and desire is to help set the child and their parents up for success right from the beginning in whatever way success is defined for you.
I provide therapeutic advocacy and support to serve as a counter-force to real life events associated with social injustice issues and discriminatory work or school practices. Micro aggression in public spaces can negatively impact individuals of color and/or individuals who are different in some way. Let me say, I will help you process and unpack how these events have done harm and how they can make you grow stronger.
It is not easy tolerating or having to adapt to difficult social or professional dynamics that do not value your worth or your brown or black skin. That is awful. I offer you a safe space to land to open up and to express feelings of sadness, anger, fear and frustrations; your feelings are valid and they need a safe space to off-load. Releasing pent up negative feelings will significantly reduce the heaviness, fatigue and tension in the mind & body. I can hold space for you.
We all need special attention at certain times in our lives to tell our story and have someone listen without blame, shame or judgment. Together we work through the issues one by one. My job is providing you with emotional regulation skills, effective distress tolerance and communication skills to handle difficult moments, people and situations with ease and grace. I provide an enormous amount of psycho-education information on how chronic anxiety, stress, fear, worry and resentments effect the human brain, central nervous and the body.
My services are strongly founded in establishing a safe, nonjudgmental and authentic space conducive to supporting and caring for your healing, growth and transformation in the mind-body and spirit. Learning to take time in your daily life for honest self-reflection and healthy self-care is what strengthens each of us for the next day's successful march.
My role as a therapist is to actively listen to all of the factors contributing to the problems that are blocking you off from the life you want. Together we sat down to make a plan on how to work together and process through the issues toward the amazing life you seek. My philosophy in life is about experiencing each person as whole in mind, body & spirit and helping facilitate your journey towards a greater sense of joy, purpose and well-being. You are always in driver’s seat.
My counseling approach is effective. I draw on eclectic and evidenced-based therapeutic practices of: Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Therapy and Somatic-Based Therapy practices. Other alternative treatments and therapies include Energy Healing, Chakra Clearing, Yoga-stretching, Breathing work, Meditations and Ancestral-spiritual work.
In this day and age, we all are facing many obstacles and life stresses that get in the way of living our best life. You will increasingly become intentional in the practice of daily self-care, deep breathing exercises and energy clearing once you notice a greater sense of calmness and well-being as a result of doing the work in therapy. Exploring personal challenges and struggles in life with me is an investment in self-care, self-worth, growth and development. As you stay open to the process of positive change and do the heavy lifting in therapy miraculous events will come to pass for you and those close to you.
I strive to create therapeutic conditions that empower individuals, couples, teenagers and families to connect more deeply with the best and fullness of who they are, as each of us define that for ourselves. It would be my absolute pleasure to work with you.
Are you ready to get started? If so, click on my calendar or feel free to call or send me a text message with any questions or concerns about services.
Phone (816) 665-3003. I am happy to reply to your message as soon as I can and certainly within a 24 hours period.
Thank you again for visiting my website page. See you soon!
Olufemi (Femi) Sharp, MA, LPC