Healing from the “Hustle” Counseling for Women of Color

Stop. With all due respect, you’re probably doing too much. Chances are you’re working full-time, going to school and launching your own business on the side—all while being the primary caretaker for your child or other family member. No one can get the number of things done as quickly or as well as you. You are a constant professional. You have goals you want to achieve and have decided to make the necessary sacrifice of time and energy now to reap the benefits later. But you’ve recently begun wondering how much all of this is costing you.

Simply said…YOU ARE TIRED. You feel overscheduled and underfunded. You know you’re running at an unsustainable pace with implications you’re already feeling for your overall health and well-being. You feel continually stressed. You have little to no time to devote to your own self-care. Operating on 3 to 5 hours of sleep is the norm for you. Fun has become a distant memory. You’ve been “making it work” and living life like this for so long, you’re not sure what the alternative might be for you. You’ve bet on future success at the expense of your current physical and mental health. Something has got to give and at your pace, you’re afraid it might be you.

But unfortunately, your actions do not exist in a vacuum. It is common for you to be the only woman of color in your meetings and professional environments in general. Code switching is a way of life. Microaggressions are daily experiences for you. You’ve felt implicitly or been told explicitly that you have to work harder to equal the success of others. Though unfair, you recognize you are viewed by others through their own filters of race and ethnicity. This experience has created a split in how you are often perceived compared with how you view yourself—affecting how you show up and move through the world and providing added fuel for the “hustle.”

This DOES NOT have to be your life.


You are not lacking. You are more than what you can produce. More than the tasks you can check off the list. More than the hours you do or don’t clock. Are you exhausting yourself to prove your worth when you. are. not. lacking? 

~Octavia Raheem

Healing from the “Hustle”  Counseling for Women of Color

Stop. With all due respect, you’re probably doing too much. Chances are you’re working full-time, going to school and launching your own business on the side—all while being the primary caretaker for your child or other family member. No one can get the number of things done as quickly or as well as you. You are a constant professional. You have goals you want to achieve and have decided to make the necessary sacrifice of time and energy now to reap the benefits later. But you’ve recently begun wondering how much all of this is costing you.

Simply said…YOU ARE TIRED. You feel overscheduled and underfunded. You know you’re running at an unsustainable pace with implications you’re already feeling for your overall health and well-being. You feel continually stressed. You have little to no time to devote to your own self-care. Operating on 3 to 5 hours of sleep is the norm for you. Fun has become a distant memory. You’ve been “making it work” and living life like this for so long, you’re not sure what the alternative might be for you. You’ve bet on future success at the expense of your current physical and mental health. Something has got to give and at your pace, you’re afraid it might be you.

But unfortunately, your actions do not exist in a vacuum. It is common for you to be the only woman of color in your meetings and professional environments in general. Code switching is a way of life. Microaggressions are daily experiences for you. You’ve felt implicitly or been told explicitly that you have to work harder to equal the success of others. Though unfair, you recognize you are viewed by others through their own filters of race and ethnicity. This experience has created a split in how you are often perceived compared with how you view yourself—affecting how you show up and move through the world and providing added fuel for the “hustle.”

This DOES NOT have to be your life.


You are not lacking. You are more than what you can produce. More than the tasks you can check off the list. More than the hours you do or don’t clock. Are you exhausting yourself to prove your worth when you. are. not. lacking? 

~Octavia Raheem

How We Help | Healing from the “Hustle” Counseling 

At Charism Counseling Center, we provide a safe space for women of color in Chicago to explore their individual racial and ethnic identities, which contribute to the “hustle” culture. We identify individual and societal messages, which have negatively impacted your identity and self-worth.

As a culturally-informed practice, we recognize the very nature of therapy requires you to share your most vulnerable thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, this process can be easier when you feel there is a shorthand created by shared experiences.

In our work together, we stress the importance of self-love and authenticity. We openly explore internalized inadequacy and scarcity, as well as the macro and micro impacts of racism and sexism on your life. We unpack these traumas to create deeper understanding and sustainable success.