Dr. Porshia Cunningham is a licensed marriage and family therapist who values and works with new, budding, and blended families. She works with couples to provide resources to improve self-awareness and communication. And her work with individuals is focused on self-empowerment, personal growth, generational healing, and boundary work, which nurtures additional understanding about themselves as well as cultivates a support system in connection to their meaningful relationships.
Dr. Porshia started her academic journal at Lee University where she completed a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. These experiences afford her the opportunities to present at national and international conferences with organizations such as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and an opportunity to serve on as a board member to the National Honor Society in Psychology known as Psi Chi along with another community-based volunteer program focused on female-teen self-image lead by Image Step Team. She continued to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and went on to complete her doctorate in Family Therapy. At NSU, she continued her passion for conference presentations and published with colleagues in peer-reviewed journals. While she was completing the Ph.D. program, Porshia was elected student president of her college, and the year she served she and the other SGA elected board members were selected and honored with the NSU Student Government of the Year Award. Her dissertation was published and focused on culture and diversity trainings and was also featured in Forbes Magazine in 2020.
As a mother and co-parent herself, she understands how challenging it can be to establish healthy and safe relationships, and even more importantly how difficult it can be to re-establish generational patterns that cultivate healing. She established Rooted Therapy as a safe space for families, individuals, and couples to grow and heal together, as well as to provide resources that increase one’s ability to thrive rather than just survive. Rooted therapy is a proud member of the Miramar and Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce. The South Florida based private practice was metaphorically named Rooted Therapy to emphasize her approach using self-empowerment and personal growth in collaboration with one’s experiences from childhood up until the present-day life journey. This approach to therapy digs to the root of why we do what we do and how we choose to navigate relationships, friendships, and careers.
Dr. Porshia is certified as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, which means she provides guidance and supervision for therapist in training. Another service she provides is co-parenting coaching and trainings, both for clients and colleagues. She is a professor for students training to become marriage and family therapists, as well as mental health counselors. Dr. Porshia is passionate about learning and expanding knowledge on a variety of platforms. Her work and life’s passions speak to Rooted Therapy’s organizational mantra- which is to nurture love, growth, and stability.
- 13 Doctoral Women Of Color: Thriving Amid Missing Graduation Due To COVID-19
- Creme of Nature for Women’s History Month 2022
- Love Lotta Body for Black History Month 2022
- Women’s Wellness Breakfast for the Pembroke Pines & Miramar Chamber of Commerce
- CAHSS – Graduate SGA
- The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity Event