Human Sexuality Program Students
Students of the Human Sexuality program at CIIS
Shanequa Anderson is a queer Black woman and native New Yorker, raised in Chelsea. She owns a home on the Rockaway Peninsula and rents an apartment on Roosevelt Island.
For the last 16 years, Ms. Anderson has worked in a variety of settings. She has provided crisis management, group and individual psychotherapy, and advocacy for children and families all over New York City. Her early work was primarily in the areas of child welfare and chemical dependence.
At present, Ms. Anderson works privately as a psychotherapist and an adoption social worker, and she provides clinical supervision and advisement, engages in professional technical support and training, and lectures at both Kingsborough Community College and Columbia University. Her clinical practice areas are focused on healing complex and inter-generational trauma, promoting sexual pleasure and embodiment, as well as gender and sexual orientation affirmation. In addition, she aids her clients in building strengths, forming healthy attachments, and achieving self-efficacy and goal actualization.
Ms. Anderson coordinated the Center Families Program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center in New York City in tandem with supervising the groundbreaking LGBTQ Foster Care Project. The project resulted in a citywide policy and advocacy initiative to find LGBTQ and affirming homes for all children in the New York City foster care system.
Ms. Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a Licensed Clinical Master of Social Work, and is a nationally certified Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She recently completed a yearlong certification in Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy, and is now moving on to being a training coach in this program. Her doctoral research explores the impact of inter-generational trauma on the sexual pleasure and embodiment of Black women.
It is Ms. Anderson's professional mission to immerse herself in the uniqueness and culture of the individuals, couples, and families she meets. Her ultimate goal is to promote humanity in their rise to self-love, authentic living, quality of life improvement, safety, empowerment, balance, peace, and harmony.