Biographies

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.

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

I am originally from Nigeria and moved to Boston, Massachusetts with my family at a young age. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology (pre-med) and Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degrees from Syracuse University. I’m currently pursuing my doctoral degree in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) at Drexel University.

As a family therapist and scholar, my commitment to social justice and multicultural issues have guided much of my clinical work by understanding the ways in which contextual factors such as race, class, gender, age, nationality, religion and sexual orientation impact the mental, emotional, relational, spiritual and social well-being of underserved individuals, couples, and families in our society. My scholarly works which strengthen my clinical skills are focused on issues such as understanding the experiences of Black families in therapy; the experiences of immigrant families in the United States; the world of adolescent girls; the Juvenile Justice System and mental health care; church leaders’ attitudes and beliefs about mental health; factors that influence Black couples’ intimate romantic relationships and the experiences of never married heterosexual Black men and women (either single or coupled) in intimate romantic relationships.

My clinical experiences have given me the privilege to work with diverse groups of individuals, couples and families. I have been honored to help couples, individuals, families, children and teenagers with 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; a child to express his/her emotions effectively and constructively and an adolescent to understand and appreciate her/his ‘self’ better in relationship to others.

I consider my work as a family therapist a calling and I’m delighted to be part of a psychotherapy team such as The Ladipo Group that is committed to serving our communities. I am passionate about my work because it gives me the opportunity to help and empower individuals, couples and families to strengthen and heal their relationships with themselves and others. It is a great honor to be a holder of hope and a healer of relationship as I work together with people to find their voices, heal their pain and find their courage and strength to walk through and navigate the painful and difficult terrains in their personal, emotional and relational lives.

Tonya Ladipo, LCSW, Director

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!