Shariya Pryor is a Master’s of Family Therapy student at Mercer University School of Medicine. In addition to her studies, she interns at Kaleidoscope Family Therapy where she works with children, parents, young adults, and couples dealing with challenging issues throughout their life. Prior to her time with KFT, Shariya taught early childhood education. Her time as an educator allowed her to discover the desire to understand the theory of family systems and the various types of family dynamics. In conjunction with her previous education, her own life experiences led her into the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Shariya finds satisfaction in supporting young adults of color to heighten their self-confidence by helping them discover ways to express their innermost emotions. She believes that she is merely an aide in the therapeutic experience, and the client is the change agent. The belief that change can happen in any situation requires a person to make a conscious decision to become the best version of themselves. To aid the client in unlocking their greatest potential and abilities, Shariyautilizes their emotions. By being able to understand and accept your true emotions, she believes they will empower your thoughts and behaviors in any challenging experiences.
Acknowledging change is what helps inspire Shariya to be a great therapist. Through her own life experiences and education, she has strengthened her skills of communication, empathy, and trustworthiness. She has worked with diverse populations and provided resources to underserved communities through training and serving as Community Service Chair. Recently, Shariyacreated a process group for college students of color to help cope with the current climate of the world. Since the pandemic, she has been adjusting every day by exploring new self-care activities such as painting, exercising, and creating new experiences with friends and family.