Who Am I?
I am a SURVIVOR! A therapist, educator, speaker, author, entrepreneur, and educational event planner. I am a life enthusiast. I enjoy traveling, eating exotic food, art, reading, and film. I am a good listener, lover of music and dance, and desire to learn how to play the guitar.
Like many of us, I have had my share of life challenges that have become my strength and God-given purpose. As a survivor of life's circumstances, I suffered in silence for many years due to shame from Intimate Partner Violence, Cancer, and HIV contracted while married. I was consumed with worry and crippled by stigma and the opinions of others in fear of judgment. Consequently, fear caused me to suffocate the essence of my authenticity.
Through faith, prayer, and therapy, I reached a level of healing and transparency that has been liberating and ever-evolving. The process of vulnerability has become my friend. I believe my go through is someone else's get through. Because of my life experiences, I have been blessed with opportunities to teach and empower men, women, and young ladies alike to move beyond their pain through education and the sharing of my story in hopes to bring about healing and self-love in others. My adversities have become my purpose of inspiring confidence in others through transparency.
For many years, my insecurities undermined my confidence to pursue a degree beyond undergraduate. My determination to defy the odds against those who told me that I was not grad school material earned me a Master's in Social Work and a Doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy. I am a licensed social worker and hold certifications in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for individuals who have experienced trauma and Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) groups for women and girls alike.
My faith in action has positioned me in the field of public health at a Federally Qualified Health Center as the Director of Community Health Training Alliance. In my current role, I create, collaborate, teach, and organize educational events and professional development training specific to public health topics around HIV, Oncology, Trauma, Mental Health, and other health-related issues.
I previously worked as the Clinical Director for a substance abuse program for women, where I offered trauma treatment services, promoted self-determination, self-efficacy, recovery supports, and education. With over 19 years of clinical experience, I understand the challenges and the importance of the recovery process and public health education to dispel stigma and fear around treatable illnesses.
As a clinician, I am interested in spirituality and creative therapies and utilize an integrative approach to treatment to encourage, empower, teach, and mend relationships. My unique ability to inspire others from various cultures and diverse backgrounds has afforded me many opportunities to share my gift of knowledge to affect change towards healing.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to present at various conferences locally and abroad and have consulted with nonprofit organizations for executive and administrative training. One of my most humbling and transformative experiences was stepping out on faith to host and coordinate women empowerment conferences in the Bahamas, South Carolina, and Philadelphia. Women were uplifted to move beyond their emotional pain into a process of healing and to find purpose.
As the Founder of Soul Care Services, LLC, and Dr. Tashina Reeder, LLC, my vision to establish a clinical practice and an empowerment platform is grounded in the core belief that complete healing takes place through transparency, empathy, and authenticity. Through my own life experiences of trauma and years of working in addiction and community behavioral health, I grew concerned with the lack of trauma-informed practices and insensitivity among professionals and common folk. As a result, I created forums to teach, treat, and inspire individuals who suffer in silence, seeking to be understood, heard, and seen.
Because of purpose, I have been teaching trauma-recovery and confidence-building workshops throughout the City of Philadelphia through Soul Care Services, LLC. I published a self-love calendar, created a Beautiful Period empowerment t-shirt line, and co-authored a chapter in The Pink Sister Chronicles 3: It Takes a Village, a book compilation under Traci's Bio's cancer organization. In 2020, I stepped out on faith and created and launched a 7-week confidence-building online course entitled Unleash Your Bold & Beautiful, and created a podcast called Transparency Talk with Tashina to be launched in Jan 2021.
The sharing of my accomplishments is not to boast, but rather proof and demonstration that our circumstances do not define us or dictate our life's trajectory, regardless of what you have experienced. We all have the capacity to heal and come out on top and WIN!
I have known Dr. Reeder for approximately 25 years. She has been my colleague in various work settings. In our working relationship, she was an excellent mentor and leader. There was never a time she did not have her door open to me for a consultation, training and general support. Her approach was direct, firm and very supportive. I grew tremendously under her tutelage as a Social Worker. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her on difficult cases and actually see firsthand her ability to help her consumers; as well as her peers. Dr. Reeder nurtured my clinical skills, recognized my intuition and knowledge and gave me the confidence to push myself to become a better clinician.
Dr. Tashina Reeder is an exceptional therapist, social worker, supervisor, trainer and colleague. In my twelve years of knowing her, she has continually demonstrated her passion and unyielding commitment to the mental health profession. As a strong advocate and participant in the family empowerment movement, she devotes her time to providing quality services to families often underrepresented and marginalized within our society. Dr. Reeder’s God given gift of being genuine and compassionate to the needs of others enables her to easily establish a rapport with her clients as well as her supervises; while affording her the ability to build relationships built on integrity. Lastly, Dr. Reeder has a catching sense of humor, which further highlights her human side and ability to relate to her supervises and clients alike.
Dr. Tashina Reeder is a wonderful person and therapist. I have worked with Dr. Reeder for several years. I find her pleasant, courteous, and competent in her work. She has excellent knowledge of psychology and addictions and can use her expertise with her patients. Dr. Reeder is a strong advocate for her patients and their families.
Dr. Reeder is a dedicated therapist and supervisor who helps instill passion for the profession in those around her with her patience to teach and mentor. Her years of skill in the field and her knowledge qualify her as a supervisor, while her compassion and cheerfulness make her a joy to work with. She is very warm, builds rapport quickly, and has the ability to make others feel comfortable. As her former supervisee, I always found her empathetic, open to questions and always able to provide sound insight and clinical expertise. Sitting in her office during individual supervision, I always felt heard and validated, while also thoughtfully challenged to view the clinical issue through a different lens or try a therapeutic approach not previously attempted. One of the most valuable aspects of these sessions, for me, was her ability to help me engage in a personal exploration of myself, my own life story, and how my experiences may be shaping my work as a therapist. She helped me to become more in tune with myself both personally and professionally.
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Dr. Tashina Reeder. She has truly been an inspiration to me as a professional, competent supervisor, and personal advisor. She is patient, knowledgeable, creative and transparent. Her supervision style has helped me to become more observant and aware of my own biases as I support others. Dr. Reeder is highly skilled and sensitive to the inner workings of her clients and those she supervises and she is able to get right to the heart of a person’s guarded inner workings. Dr. Reeder is relatable and has a diverse set of skill that reaches across generations and cultural divides. She is an excellent motivator and is keenly aware of the barriers and roots of internal and external systems that prevent individuals from becoming inspired and achieving their best self. Dr. Reeder is trustworthy and one that I look to for both personal and professional advice.
Dr. Reeder has a delightful presence! She is compassionate and intentional in her service delivery. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she uses to bring hope, healing, and wholeness to those she encounters.