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Meet Tacha Fletcher of Wellness Tree Counseling Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tacha Fletcher.

Tacha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up as the youngest child of a single parent Haitian-immigrant mother. I was often called to handle many of the adult affairs which led me to learn how to navigate systems very early on in my life. Many of the qualities of a Social Worker including advocacy, empathy, and compassion came naturally for me as a young girl. However, I did not have much exposure to the Social Work field, so I never thought to myself ‘I want to be a Social Worker when I grow up’ until later on in my life.

Entering college, I had a sense of my career but not really sure how to get there. With the support of my college advisor, I was placed on the Social Work path my second year in college. From there, I went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies in preparation for Social Work school. I later pursued graduate school at Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare. After graduating with my master’s degree in Social Work, I went on to work in various settings as a Social Worker including community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics.

It was once said to me “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and that’s truly what being a Social Work has allowed me to do for myself while empowering clients to do the same each day.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road for me to get to this point in my career. When you’re fighting against systematic issues it can be very discouraging and disheartening. My life’s journey leading to my career has really taught me the importance of perseverance and resilience.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
With over ten years in the mental health field, I founded Wellness Tree Counseling Services, LLC in order to focus on my passion for mental health and wellness. Through my practice, I provide a holistic approach to mental health and wellness care to culturally diverse communities including individual, couples, and group counseling.

As a Licensed Therapist, I specialize in working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) women to address a wide variety of mental health concerns with a focus on depression, anxiety, inter-generational and attachment traumas, along with life and relationship transitions. I am also certified as a Holistic Life Coach which allows me to use an intuitive and integrative mind-body-spirit practice to help clients access their full potential and make significant changes in their lives.

Outside of my clinical work, I am an avid advocate for Black mental health. I serve as a board member for Josie’s Legacy Inc.—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness on mental illness and foster healing in the Black Community. Though my Elevate Yourself! Workshop series, I host a series of workshops and events in local communities which focuses on self-care, self-awareness, and personal growth to encourage, empower, and elevate BIPOC women.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Currently, we are in the midst of a public health and racial crisis. BIPOC communities are being impacted by these crises in disproportionately larger numbers which places our communities at greater risk of mental health concerns. Without any hesitation, I strongly recommend and invite more culturally attuned wellness practitioners in all cities to hold space for our communities to cope and heal from the collective traumas that we are experiencing.

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