I am Dr. Tiffany Zachery, LCSW-BACS. I’m a 36-year-old native of Louisiana. Professionally, I am a mental health therapist that has been in the mental health industry over a decade. I also have a PhD in higher educational leadership and research. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a plethora of agencies and organizations servicing clients and patients from all different walks of life.
In 2019 I took a leap of faith and left my position at a 4-year PWI. I then opened my own mental health practice. At the time I was doing 1:1 therapy with teenagers and adults with different mental health diagnoses and life stressors. My private practice was full within two weeks. As time went on, I began to get burned out because I wasn’t serving my ideal clientele. I have this saying “Just because you’re good at it doesn’t mean you are supposed to be doing it.”
The aforementioned, along with confusion, exhaustion, and feeling unfulfilled led me to take the journey of getting back to being authentically me and seeking out who God had for me to serve. I’m so glad I did so because I would’ve missed those who God has for me to serve which would be a catalyst effect on their legacy. This is what keeps me going because I don’t want to disappoint God.
Currently, I still provide 1:1 therapy via Telehealth. But now I service high achieving African American women who are entrepreneurs, CEOs, and executives in the C-Suite. And what’s interesting about my clientele is they found me. I truly enjoy the work because I used to be where they are and I’m excited to aid them in winning in life, in whatever way(s) that may look like for each individual client.
I am still a resource and advocate to others who aren’t a part of this group of women because I love my industry and if I can help you I will. I have several other colleagues in the states I’m licensed in (Texas and Louisiana), as well as across the United States, that have niches that cover a range of needs. I simply stay in my lane.
Lastly, I’m also a certified depression and mood disorder professional, DEI trained, consultant, international best-selling author, speaker, mentor, and advocate.
Which black history figure has inspired you the most and why?
There are so many. But today I’d say Michelle Obama. She is unapologetically her. I love her authenticity, her poise and grace, but she will let you know she’s from the Chi, don’t play with her lol. I also love how she stepped out to create and implement her own initiatives to better our communities outside of what President Obama was already doing. To me she is a true example of what it looks like to be a wife, mother, and have your identity as a woman, as well as be a woman in business.
How have your efforts impacted the black community ~
My representation efforts have impacted my community. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told “I know it’s possible because I see you doing it.” I am what society viewed as a “statistic”, but I proved the system wrong. Being a first-generational college student, the first author in my family, the first individual with a PhD, and the first legit business owner has shown those in my community it’s possible. I could’ve easily succumbed to my surroundings and be laying alongside of my older brother in the graveyard, but I chose differently. I promised him I would finish college and I did that and more.
This is why being an advocate, voice, mentor, and physical representation is so important to me. This is why I’m a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. This is why I stand against oppression, micro aggression, and any other words, thoughts, and behaviors that have been put into place to keep my community suffering. I have survived it and will continue to do so but all of this was possible because I to benefited from representation.
I’m here to say it stops with me. If I help one high achieving African American woman shift her mindset, live authentically, trash the script, and create a career and lifestyle she loves I have faith I’ll touch lives of millions I’ll never know. Because she has a seat at the table now change is occurring but there is going to be an even greater shift because I’m going to show her she’s the forest where the very wood for those tables derive from.
What is next for you in 2022 and how can readers connect with you online?
I’m in the process of rebranding. That includes an updated website, developing new content, products, apparel, coaching programs, retreats, and corporate wellness programs so that I’m able to service my clientele beyond their diagnosis. I take diagnosing seriously and I don’t believe in giving you one so that your insurance can pay for your services. This is why my practice is private pay only.
Website: www.drtiffanyzachery.com (Website is under construction currently.)
I am leaving a legacy of stronger black women, not only for our community but for my daughter. We are so powerful, beautiful, smart, innovative, creative, etc. But unfortunately, many of us don’t live out loud even though our melanin puts us front and center. We can’t hide even though many of us wish we could. Many of us live our lives based off of a to-do-list. Many of us leave this earth and never get to experience all of life’s luxuries, whatever that may look like individually. Many of us go unheard. Many of us go ostracized and black-balled but I’m here to change the narrative. Once you know who you are and most importantly who’s you are you are unstoppable. It encompasses shifting your mindset, healing, having a plan and a strategic process to succeed and live intentionally, being happy, embracing evolution of oneself, and most importantly having a genuine support system. I’m leaving a legacy that’s confident in knowing they have the power to create the life they and change the narrative of what that looks and sounds like as time progresses. I personally choose a life of luxury that encompasses ease, flexibility, freedom, good health, and wealth.