Amina Woods

Amina’s decision to practice as a psychotherapist was influenced by her desire to be part of a movement to recognize – and humanize – mental health and healthcare among Black and Brown people. As a social worker and licensed psychotherapist, Amina thinks often about systems, generational trauma, racism and their impact on individuals, children and families. 

She is currently the lead clinician at a historical NYC public high school, where she coordinates clinical programming and provides individual and family therapy for adolescent students and their families within the school setting. In her psychotherapy practice, Amina uses a collaborative and integrative approach, and specializes in working with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, life transitions, bullying, trauma, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, grief, and overall emotional wellbeing.

“Most of the people I meet in my work as a therapist are adult and adolescent women and girls,” she says. “I'm intentional about humanizing the behaviors and experiences of women, with specific intentions on helping women minimize and alleviate feelings of shame about any number of experiences. Shame weighs us down; slows us down.” 

Amina is a graduate of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (City University of New York) and has 15 years of experience supporting the needs of New York City’s most vulnerable individuals and communities. She is also completing doula training, as she’s expanding her work in perinatal mental health, and is a member of NCNW’s National Health Equity Committee, where she serves on the COVID-19 subcommittee. 

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