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Learn about me, Amira for Them Director, Shari Simon. Learn about my vision, and why we decided to begin Amira for Them. Learn about Amira Martin, LCSW-R, our founder. 

Shari Simon, LMSW, Director of Amira for Them

About Shari Simon, LMSW, Psychotherapist and Director

Shari Simon, a native of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, is a passionate therapist dedicated to empowering individuals in their mental health journey. As a Black woman with Jamaican and African heritage, Shari's identity and worldview are influenced by diverse histories and cultures.

Shari holds degrees from Bennett College, an all-women's HBCU, and Columbia University. With a background in social work, she integrates evidence-based tools to create positive change in systems, communities, and individuals. Her counseling style is rooted in strengths-based and person-in-environment perspectives.

Currently serving as an adjunct professor at CUNY, Director of Scholar Success, and State Representative for Black Girls in Social Work, Shari has extensive experience supporting historically marginalized communities. She has worked with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low-income, immigrant, and first-generation individuals in various educational and nonprofit settings.

Driven by her experiences with racism, colorism, and oppression, Shari is particularly passionate about helping individuals navigate white supremacy culture in professional and educational spaces. She understands the unique challenges faced by Black women and strives to provide holistic care that addresses generational trauma, burnout, and the need for healing.

Shari's therapeutic approach is tailored to each client's needs, emphasizing a holistic perspective that integrates body, mind, and spirit. Mindfulness, empowerment, and affirmation are foundational to her practice. She incorporates modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Drama Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, and assigns homework to support ongoing personal growth.

Specializing in working with Millennial and Gen Z individuals, Shari creates a safe space for clients of all ages and gender identities. She also welcomes religious, spiritual, poly, and kink folx, believing that therapy should honor each person's complete self. Clients praise her for making them feel seen, heard, and empowered, serving as an accountability partner who genuinely cares about their success.

Beyond her therapy practice, Shari owns a coaching and consulting business that assists teens and adults in achieving their college, career, and wellness goals. She finds fulfillment in empowering clients to access their best selves, whether through workshops, training sessions, or one-on-one coaching.

Join Shari Simon on your journey towards healing, self-discovery, and personal growth at Amira for Them. You deserve a life that is whole, healed, and well.


Amira for Them

Why is therapy important for LGBTQIA+ folx?

Therapy is essential for LGBTQIA+ individuals because it provides a supportive and understanding space to address unique challenges and concerns related to their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Here are a few reasons why therapy is crucial for LGBTQIA+ folx:

Affirming Environment: Therapy offers a safe and affirming environment where individuals can explore and embrace their authentic selves without fear of judgment or discrimination.

Mental Health Support: LGBTQIA+ individuals often face higher rates of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and stress due to societal stigma and discrimination. Therapy can help address these concerns and provide coping strategies.

Coming Out Support: The process of coming out can be emotionally complex and challenging. Therapists can offer guidance and assistance during this transformative time.

Navigating Relationships: LGBTQIA+ folx may encounter unique challenges in relationships, whether with partners, family, or friends. Therapy can help improve communication and foster healthier connections.

Self-Acceptance: Therapy can aid in developing self-acceptance and self-esteem, empowering individuals to embrace their identity with confidence.

Coping with Discrimination: Dealing with discrimination and prejudice can take a toll on mental well-being. Therapy can help individuals navigate and cope with these experiences.

Gender Transition Support: For transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, therapy can be crucial during the gender transition process, providing guidance and support.

Identity Exploration: Therapy encourages exploration and understanding of one's gender identity and sexual orientation, fostering a deeper connection to oneself.

Building Resilience: Therapy equips LGBTQIA+ folx with coping skills and resilience to face challenges, promoting overall well-being and personal growth.

Creating a Support Network: Therapists can help individuals build a support network of understanding friends, family, and communities to enhance their overall support system.

Amira Martin CEO of Amira for Them

About Amira Martin, LCSW-R, CEO & Founder

Amira Martin, a Bronx native, is a dedicated psychotherapist and the proud owner of Amira For Them. Growing up in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, she witnessed firsthand the social issues faced by her community, including the impact of hatred towards the LGBTQIA+ community within her own close family.

Amira has always been passionate about providing quality care to the LGBTQIA+ community. She recognizes that many individuals within this community face continuous trauma, rejection, and mistreatment, resulting in profound emotional challenges. Amira is driven by her love for the LGBTQIA+ community and is committed to being an agent of change and healing.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lehman College-CUNY and a Master's Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work, Amira has cultivated her skills and expertise to better serve her clients. Currently considering pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work, she is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and staying at the forefront of therapeutic practices.

Throughout her career, Amira has worked in various settings, gaining a deep understanding of the unique struggles faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. She has witnessed the continuous impact of trauma, rejection, and mistreatment and is passionate about helping repair and change the narrative for those she serves.

In her therapeutic practice, Amira provides a safe and affirming space where individuals can explore their experiences, heal from past wounds, and cultivate resilience. She understands the importance of tailoring her approach to meet the specific needs and goals of her LGBTQIA+ clients, ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve.

Amira's commitment to her community extends beyond her therapeutic work. She actively engages in advocacy and awareness efforts to promote LGBTQIA+ rights and equality. By challenging societal norms, educating others, and fostering acceptance, she aims to create a more inclusive and compassionate society.

Amira Martin is honored to be a part of your journey towards healing, growth, and well-being. With her expertise, empathy, and dedication to the LGBTQIA+ community, she strives to support individuals in reclaiming their power and living authentically. Together, let us build a future where all LGBTQIA+ individuals are embraced, celebrated, and provided with the quality care they deserve.

Thank you. 

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