La Shanda (she/her) Sugg, LPC
CEO and Founder, Therapist, Consultant
Who am I?
I am a translator and healer living in a fat, Black woman's body. My lived experiences in my numerous intersecting identities, along with my gifts and talents, have called me to create safe spaces for exploration, healing, and growth.
A native of Detroit, Michigan (stolen land of the Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox)), I now reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio (stolen land of the Kaskaskia, Shawnee, Myaamia, Adena, and Hopewell) area but work nationally to heal relationships - personal relationships, professional relationships, and communal relationships.
I bring my full self to my healing work and am a combination of wise sage, standup comic, and passionate preacher. I am.
Why work with me?
Deconditioning and Unlearning are two of the most difficult, yet necessary, processes one can engage. I am no stranger to these processes and I don't ask people to do what I have not done. Through my own personal journeys in therapy and in community, through exploration of Developmental and Relational Trauma and Somatic Abolitionism, through prioritizing my own healing, rest and self-tending, I do my own work while helping others to do theirs.
Whether journeying alongside family members, bandmates, co-workers, or entire school districts and corporations, I help people make sustainable change by helping them explore their needs, barriers, and resilience. Working with me is a true investment in your past, present, and future self.
I leave people and places better than I find them.
Projects I'm involved with
MOURNING THE CREATION OF RACIAL CATEGORIES PROJECT
The MCRC Project engages the visual and performing arts - dance, music, theater, poetry, visualization - to tell the stories of how people in the United States were divided into a handful of unequally valued racial categories, such as Asian, Black, and White.
They offer a language for talking about how our country, communities, and relationships have not yet recovered from a categorical system made in this way.
STORIES IN PROCESS
The workshops offered by Stories In Process leads with the intention to create a space where trauma survivors can find hope in community and learn new tools for a lifetime of self-care. They believe that we are all stories in process, and that our stories connect us to ourselves and to one another.
THE K.A.S.S.I.E. PROJECT
The K.A.S.S.I.E Project is dedicated to serving as a healing initiative for all survivors of sexual and domestic abuse/violence who are striving towards and struggling with controlling how their past affects their journey into a healthy life after abuse.
Partners I Collaborate with
COURAGE TO CONNECT
Courage to Connect exists to free organizations and individuals from internal addictions to racism in order to co-create the common good. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are not created by incentives or policies. DEI is a cultural problem, that needs to be addressed through culture-based, mindful solutions.
THE CHANGE STARTS HERE COLLAB
This collaborative helps families and professionals working with individuals who have brain-based disabilities to feel confident and supported by providing a library of resources and a sense of community so that they are empowered in supporting these individuals and advocating for their own needs.