By Tammy Reese
Dr. Sasha Johnson, Chief Executive Owner of Sasha Mercedes, LLC and the Founder of Sister’s 2nd Chance is best known for the love she pours into her community. She’s dedicated her time and has made a huge impact by providing free mental health counseling, conducting food drives, free workshops, and financial utility bill assistance.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor who has pursued her dream of helping others without taking no for an answer, she’s also a Full-time Mom, Author, Radio Personality, Therapist, and Producer.
Her non-profit organization Sister’s 2nd Chance focuses on supporting the community through similar challenging situations while breaking mental health stigma. Inside and Out Consulting which is her Private Practice provides Mental Health Counseling Services to individuals and/or families suffering from trauma, relationship conflict, and overall challenges. Sasha is always looking to share her experiences with others.
It is our distinct pleasure to introduce her to our readers.
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to speak with us today! Please give us some insight into your career background and education.
Dr. Sasha: Associate Degree: Psychology General Studies
Bachelor of Science: Psychology with a Minor in Sociology
Master of Science: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
What have been some challenges you’ve faced while pursuing your career? Are you still encountering those challenges? If not, how have you overcome them?
Dr. Sasha: One of the biggest challenges I’ve been faced with is having balance. It's tough to balance wearing so many hats such as Mother, Boss, Soror, Sister, and Friend. I am a work in progress and how I combat such is by planning properly. My calendar is everything to me.
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Mental Health awareness is a conversation that must continue to stay in the spotlight. What have been your experiences with Mental Health?
Dr. Sasha: My Mental Health Advocacy began due to personal experiences. Those specific experiences gave me the push needed to dive right in wanting to become an expert to help the community in my full capacity. I want my legacy as a Mental Health Professional to be that my organization is left with an abundance of resources so that it may thrive and continue providing for the community for generations to come.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, what keeps you motivated to continue this career?
Dr. Sasha: My how is honestly the motivation that I gain from being a mother to my two boys. If I did not have my sons, I might not have had the willpower to achieve to reach the heights that I currently have. Basically, I wanted to be an example for them!
Congratulations on being a published author! What can you tell us about your books and how can we find them?
Dr. Sasha: My books pull experiences from my personal journeys and upbringing. It is my hope that they serve as motivational guides to keep pushing for the stars! They are available for purchase on Amazon.
What do you hope for the future when it comes to mental health awareness?
Dr. Sasha: My hopes for the future of Mental Health are that the mask be removed. We all have and downs, none of us are perfect! Some people take a different approach to life which may require help. So, I would like to see the stigma removed and replaced with acceptance.
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Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. She also directed the weekly live TV show Rough Times Live.
Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in media studies. After graduation, she did more theater and wrote and produced her own videos to spread awareness on social issues through the arts.
Tammy is an award-winning journalist and is best known for her legendary interviews with Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Jennifer Connelly, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott- Young, Geena Davis, Essie Davis, Vivica A. Fox, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Nelly, Ryan Coogler, Carmen Electra, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Giancarlo Esposito, Amerie, Leon, Patina Miller, La La Anthony, Neyo, Britt Lower, Michael James Shaw, Aleks Paunovic, Courtney Kemp, Janet Hubert, Tom Arnold, Michole Briana White, Matt Cedeño, Raven Goodwin, Amber Riley, Ross Marquand, Merritt Wever and many more.
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