Healing from the “Hustle” Therapy for Women of Color in Chicago

Stop. With all due respect, you’re probably doing too much.

Are you looking for therapy for women of color? 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 beyond 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.

We provide therapy for women of color in Chicago. We know something has got to give and at your pace, you’re afraid it might be you.

But unfortunately, your feelings and 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 just a way of life for you. And you have learned the hard way you can’t show up at work as your authentic self because of how you will be viewed and judged. 

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 most 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.” We provide therapy for women of color in Chicago. And this does not have to be your life. You CAN have the life you deserve. Learn how. 

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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

Women of Color Counseling Chicago Charism Counseling Tiffany Green

Healing from the “Hustle” Therapy for Women of Color in Chicago

Stop. With all due respect, you’re probably doing too much.

Are you looking for therapy for women of color? 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 beyond 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.We pr

We provide therapy for women of color in Chicago. We know something has got to give and at your pace, you’re afraid it might be you.

But unfortunately, your feelings and 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 just a way of life for you. And you have learned the hard way you can’t show up at work as your authentic self because of how you will be viewed and judged. 

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 most 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.” We provide therapy for women of color in Chicago. And his does not have to be your life. You CAN have the life you deserve. Learn how. 


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

Smiling African American Professional Woman - Tiffany Green - Therapy for Women in Chicago, Illinois

Hi, I’m Tiffany Green & I’m a Therapist for Women of Color in Chicago

If you’re a woman of color currently feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, you don’t have to manage your symptoms alone. Here’s how I can help. I provide a safe space for women of color in Chicago to explore their individual racial and ethnic identities, which contribute to the “hustle” culture. As a culturally-informed therapist, I 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.

Together, we’ll identify individual and societal messages, which have negatively impacted your identity and self-worth. In our work together, we’ll examine the importance of self-love and authenticity. We will openly explore internalized inadequacy and scarcity, as well as the macro and micro impacts of racism and sexism on your life. We will unpack these traumas to create deeper understanding and sustainable success.

Therapy for Women of Color in Chicago FAQs

What is “hustle culture?”

Hustle culture centers around the idea that working long hours and sacrificing self-care are a requirement for becoming professionally and financially successful. The concept is rooted in the ideology of the “American dream” and the belief that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals. This idea is common among both entrepreneurs, who are urged by motivational gurus to “hustle harder,” and full-time employees, who are encouraged to sacrifice themselves now for the promise of a better life as they move up the corporate ladder. Source: BetterUp

What is the negative impact of hustle culture?

In recent years, hustle culture has become synonymous with burnout culture—for failing to address our collective need for rest and self-care. Some of the negative impacts of hustle culture are less time allotted for self-care and life-giving activities like hobbies and spending time with family and friends, as well as poorer health outcomes indicated by increased risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety and alcohol use. Source: Leaders

Can mental health symptoms appear differently in women of color?

In a recent study, Black women with depressive symptoms were more likely to report somatic symptoms (e.g. exhaustion and insomnia) and self-criticisms (e.g. self-hate, self-blame) rather than stereotypical symptoms like depressed mood or hopelessness. The women in the study also reported irritability and a decreased ability to experience pleasure. Although this was an initial study, the findings could have implications for other women of color by making mental health practitioners more aware of a variety of potential depression symptoms and encouraging the medical field to develop more accurate screening tools. Sources: Every Level Leads; Nursing Research; New York University