Dr. Shelia Rivers
Celebrity Author of Leading with Uncommon Courage
I’m Dr. Shelia Rivers, DSW, LCSW, MPH trauma expert for women. I have been a mental health professional for 13 years. I wear numerous professional hats, such as being the CEO and Chief Therapist of Rivers Psychotherapy Services, published author, Adjunct Professor at Tulane University, Public Speaker, Expert Mental Health Consultant, Social Work Intern Supervisor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I’m presently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the surrounding tri-state area- The state of Mississippi, the State of Alabama, and the State of Louisiana. I provide counseling services for individuals, children & adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. I am the founder of the holistic wellness program, Girl Get Your Life Together. This program provides a supportive psychoeducational environment for women to discuss sensitive issues related to experiencing and coping with stress, learn more about mental health disorders, address emotional issues, and challenge unhealthy coping skills. Girl Get Your Life Together program is built on the 8 dimensions of wellness: emotional, soul, body, finance, environmental, occupational, social, and intellectual. I am also the author of “She Is “and “The Power of Hope” and contributing author of “Unboxed.”
In 2020, I was invited to serve as a Board Advisory Member for Unite Empowerment in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2019, I was a speaker at the Success Women’s Conference. In 2019, I was also nominated for “Most Successful Black Owned Small Business and Most Successful Mental Health Provider.” In 2018, I was presented with an award as a Success Woman Influence Leader on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the years I have been involved with numerous organizations supporting the gift of Helps.
My academic preparation includes a Doctor of Social Work from Tulane University, a Masters in Public Health with Healthcare Executive Management emphasis, Masters in Social Work, and a Bachelors in Psychology. My education provides me with a broad and coherent knowledge of health care policy and executive administration, social and human services, and general psychology along with an insight into the cognitive and affective processes that underlie individual human development and behavior. Additionally, it has provided me with greater skills in critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, and information utilization.
Through my experience, I have demonstrated my ability to provide consultation to teachers, families, and administrators; complete comprehensive psychological evaluations of adults, children, and adolescents who present with social, emotional, academic, and behavioral difficulties; and in providing direct counseling and intervention to adult, children, and adolescents. My areas of concentration consist of strength perspective, empowering and emotionally supporting women and their families, trauma survivors, and program evaluations. I am versed in evaluating the outcomes of services to ensure their effectiveness. Overall, my background reflects my ability to lead and maintain a strong commitment to professional standards. I am passionate about my gifted path and make a conscious effort to provide an opportunity for growth throughout my journey.
I am forever “Empowered to Make a Difference.”
Girl Get Your Life Together
As I sat in her office I knew I had no more of me to give. I couldn’t give to my children, I couldn’t give to my employer, I couldn’t pray, I couldn’t feel anything other than pain and extreme sadness. I was so tired of being strong. Just the utterance of the word makes my inner being scream.
Dr. Shelia Rivers
Uncommon Courage Blog
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