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Leading in Color with Sarah Morgan

Jun 19, 2020

The episode guest is Charnessa Pleasant


In this episode, we discuss the following: 

  • The important distinction between self-care and self-maintenance
  • The self-care behaviors for leaders to model in the workplace
  • The importance of self-care for workplaces navigating COVID-19

Charnessa “Charlie” Pleasant a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (held in both Virginia and North Carolina) and is the founder and executive clinician of The Healing Collaborative, PLLC; a local private practice in Richmond, Virginia. She has been a practicing clinician for 7 years.

She is an EMDR trained therapist focusing on the mental and emotional wellness of women who are ready to experience a richer quality of life. Charlie works with clients to address underlying issues causing depression, anxiety, and emotional distress.  Charlie is also a NASW certified clinical supervisor for new MSW graduates and works with other practicing clinicians as they offer their gifts of healing. 


Charlie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and holds two Masters from Eastern Michigan University in Social Work and Women and Gender Studies.   Prior to transitioning into her career in mental health and wellness, she enjoyed a fulfilling career in Higher Education for more than 15 years; serving in roles such as the Assistant Director of Education and Training with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Program Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Women & Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University.  It was while serving in these capacities that Charlie developed her passion for supporting women with regards to their emotional health and wellness.   


When not working, Charlie enjoys traveling, discovering local breweries with her husband Jerry, perusing local bookstores, napping and adding new healing crystals to her collection (Smokey Quartz is her favorite).


Connect with Charlie on Twitter @charliepleasant  and on LinkedIn at “Charlie Pleasant LCSW”