Markita Billups, LCSW, Counselor & Trainer
The quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” has helped guide me through my career. I grew up in Philadelphia, PA in a poverty-ridden community with limited resources and opportunity. Despite these barriers and challenges, I was afforded the privilege to attend a magnet public school. However, in doing so, I became exposed to the reality of my world as knew it. I discovered the duality of the world, the haves and the haves-nots. This experience of growing up with minimal resources and being exposed to the possibility of opportunity ignited a newfound passion of helping others excel despite their environmental circumstances. It was in this moment I realized my purpose and my passion; I wanted to help others fulfill their potential.
As such, I pursued and earned my Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Temple University. Since graduation, I have remained devoted to enhancing the lives of individuals and families. My approach to the therapeutic process includes focusing on meeting the individual where they are and supporting their growth through the use of strengths-based interventions to help them achieve their desired goals. I have experience providing individual, family, and group therapy focusing on an array of issues including, stress, anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges in the school setting, familial relationships and attachment, grief and loss, and trauma. My wealth of knowledge in multiple practice areas helps me support the client where they are in the given moment. My goal is to provide exceptional clinical services by embracing our shared experience but also focusing on individual needs.
It is a great privilege to join The Ladipo Group and continue my focus on healing the Black community. My passion comes from seeing the results directly, and knowing I have made a positive impact on the lives of others. So now, I can answer the question “what am I doing for others?”, I am helping others realize and maximize their potential.
Sharea Farmer, LSW, Counselor & Trainer
A New Jersey native, I received my B.A. in Sociology from Rider University in 2000. Upon graduation I entered the mental health profession, working with youth and adults with mental illness and counseling women in crisis. This led to a strong and sincere desire to further my education and understand how to focus my attempt to help. I then decided to attend Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s social work program for my Masters degree in Social Work. I am currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers in their graduate level social work department where I teach: Program Development and Strategic Planning, Direct Clinical Practice with Adolescents/Children, and Diversity and Oppression.
As a therapist, I have a passion for working with individuals to build self-esteem, self-awareness and other empowerment skills to improve their quality of life. Through my extensive ability to build and maintain rapport with clients, I have been successful working with an array of populations. I have done a wide-range of work with crisis-counseling, cognitive and behavioral interventions, parent skills training, and children/adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Also I attend ongoing trainings to continue to build and cultivate my therapeutic skills.
Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, plus staying active in Zumba and Bokwa classes. Additionally, travelling is one of my favorite pastimes and sports holds a special place in my heart along with music, film and theatre. The passions in my life are balanced and fueled by my beliefs and a lifelong quest for understanding and peace; they reaffirm my faith and commitment to my community.
I am excited to be the new addition to the Ladipo Group, it gives me a real opportunity to provide professional services in my community. I am looking forward to providing the community with psychotherapy that has the potential to help deal with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges and much more. I absolutely know that being a therapist with The Ladipo Group aligns with both my professional and personal beliefs of providing excellent clinical services to help those in need in my community.
Manami Henry, LCSW, Counselor & Trainer
I grew up in South Jersey and recently relocated to Pennsylvania. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2003 with a Masters in Social Work and have an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Since graduation, I have been dedicated to improving the quality of life for people. Specifically, I have several years of experience working with adults, children, and families. When working with these individuals, I am empathetic, nurturing, and able to support the client in a non-judgmental manner in reaching their goals for recovery. Also, I help individuals to heal from emotional trauma and stress by empowering them. This experience resulted in me having the ability to relate, apply patience, and resolve in helping treat these particular groups.
Before joining The Ladipo Group, I spent several years in community mental health. I most recently worked as a Supervising Director overseeing the daily operations of a group treatment facility and providing direct clinical services. This experience made me realize that there is a deficit in the amount of quality services that are provided to minority populations. Hence, this is why I am so excited to join a group that plays an integral role in enhancing the emotional health of the African American community specific to our unique struggles.
As a therapist, it is important for me to guide people in their journey of healing with the ultimate goal of each individual feeling empowered to manage the challenges that life brings. I am warm, friendly, and able to meet you where you are. I have a unique ability to quickly connect with people and put them at ease. As a result, I utilize a variety of techniques to teach practical tools and skills that leads to lasting change and growth. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques when working with depression and anxiety. Additionally I use a systems perspective when working with couples and families.
When not working, I can be found in the front row of a Zumba class, spending time with my son and family, or traveling to exotic islands.
Anais Mahone, MSW, LSW, Counselor & Trainer
As a clinician, I help others activate their strengths and pursue successes through the discovery of themselves as well as their environment. I recognize how our perspectives can be influenced by our past, yet through skill development and self-reflection make for an impactful future. I have had the honor of working with people of many walks of life, from children to adults. I understand the importance of connecting with one another through shared human experiences while still valuing individuality.
My ultimate professional goal is to help create a society of healthy, resilient individuals who live life courageously. I have been trained in various techniques; I find the best treatment approach is one that is personalized and appropriately paced. I wholeheartedly believe we each have a purpose; a meaningful word, gesture or action meant to enhance a life other than our own. Together, we can gradually uplift our communities by creating a society built on knowledge and wellness that begins within and radiates outward.
Andrea Sherman, MSW, LSW, Counselor & Trainer
A guiding theme for my work as a therapist stems from a quote by Famous African American Opera Singer Leontyne Price: “Be Black, Shine, Aim High.” For me, the ultimate goals in therapy are to work with my clients to identify who they are, what their strengths are and the strategies needed to help them reach their highest potential. My ability to connect with clients and also challenge them when necessary, aides in the process of clients reaching their life goals.
I received my bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and African American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating I went on to conduct research with the University of Pennsylvania working with children on the autism spectrum in hopes to pursue a career in psychology. I quickly learned, however, that psychology was not a good fit for me because of its limited focus on the individual, rather than on the individual and his or her environment.
Our environments cannot be ignored because we are all interconnected to systems such as family, relationships, work and neighborhoods that make us who we are. At times, any or all of these systems can be a support for us or a trigger to stress. As a result of this understanding, I decided to transition to the field of social work, and in 2012, I graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a master’s degree in Social Work. I have experience working with children and adults dealing with a variety of issues including survivors of partner violence, sex abuse and sexual assault. Additionally I completed training in Attachment Based Family Therapy at Drexel University.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading historical fiction and experimenting with different cuisines. Another joy of mine is attending cultural festivals throughout the city. I am so excited to have returned home to Philadelphia; I’m even more excited about joining The Ladipo Group and being given the opportunity to provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families within the Black community.
Dr. Christiana Ibilola Awosan, MFT, Trainer
As a Nigerian-American, it’s a privilege to focus my professional work on the healing of Black communities’ mental, emotional, relational, spiritual, and social well-being. I consider my work as a family therapist a calling and I’m delighted to be part of a team such as The Ladipo Group that is committed to serving our communities.
I am currently an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University. And over the years, I have worked with couples, individuals, and families on issues ranging from communication problems to lack of intimacy; childhood traumas with adult individuals and adolescents; strains in parent-child and sibling relationships; bereavement of love ones and enhancing the dating experiences and relationships of Black men and women.
It is a great honor to be a holder of hope and a healer of relationships in our communities!
Tonya Ladipo, LCSW, Director & Trainer
Welcome to The Ladipo Group! You are taking an important step in finding new ways to live your life better.
Created in 2004 The Ladipo Group specializes in providing high quality, effective, and professional therapy services to the Black and African-American communities.
We also conduct professional development training and consultation services to human service providers who work within the African-American and Black communities.
As the owner of The Ladipo Group I am committed to ensuring that you receive the best services from our therapists. I welcome your feedback and comments at any time!