Cheerful Heart Mental Health Counseling PLLC

30 Glenn St, Suite 205
White Plains, New York, US

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Practice Specialties

  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Adolescence and Children Counseling
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness Counseling
  • Counseling for Seniors
  • Ex-Relationship Adjustments
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Support Groups
  • Teen Counseling
  • Women's Issues and Concerns


Perhaps you’re just feeling down or nervous – maybe you’re unsure about the future of a relationship, or have recently been diagnosed with a serious illness. Whatever your needs may be, we are here to offer support. In our therapy sessions we promote healing by maintaining a person-centered focus by encouraging a positive outlook, the adoption of new attitudes, and fostering hope and healing. We have the empathy, understanding, personal and professional experience to help you cope and move forward.

Shakira is the director and owner of the group practice and was originally licensed in New York State as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/LMHC. Over her 9 years of experience, she has expanded her practice to multiple states across America. All of the counselors working in the practice have several years of experience counseling various populations. Andrea and Malika are clinicians under my supervision. They are both passionate and person-centered clinicians. Malika works with adolescents and Andrea works with adults.

Your mental health and well-being is so important to us. We love helping people develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. We would love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.

Both accept Andrea and Malika accept Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna. They also provide a sliding fee scale for clients who do not have insurance. Schedule a consultation with one of our awesome therapists today!

Why I Became a Professional Christian Therapist

I have always had a heart for those who are suffering and in pain. Going through my own journey with pain inspired me to become a counselor. I have a passion for sharing the word of God and encouraging others through scripture!

Client Payment Information

  • Accepts insurance
  • Client rates are on a sliding scale

Therapists on Staff

Malika Hinds
Shakira O'Garro
Andrea Straker-Smith
Malika Hinds

Malika Hinds

Malika is a professional counselor who has a Masters of Mental Health Counseling degree with a concentration in Substance Use and Addiction from Pace University. Malika has experience providing counseling services to a variety of individuals and populations through out Westchester county. Malika began facilitating groups within the CORE program at the Westchester County jail in 2017 until 2022 with the adolescents, Men and Woman population there. Currently Malika provides CBT services. Motivational interviewing and person centered care around grief, substance use, depression, anxiety , individuals impacted by substance use and addictions, domestic violence, relational issues, along with family therapy.

Malika meets clients where they are using a client center approach to provide the best care to her clients and their families. Malika’s non judgmental and accepting approach allows clients to be open minded and express themselves freely without judgment. Malika uses real world experie
Shakira O'Garro

Shakira O'Garro

Shakira O'Garro LMHC, LPC, LPCC, NCC has a decade of experience treating women of color struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, chronic pain, and terminal illnesses living across the United States. Shakira is passionate about her relationship with Christ and sharing His love and truth with others in and outside of the counseling room. In her work, Shakira takes a Christ-centered, scripture-focused, person-centered, and eclectic approach that others often find safe, genuine, explorative, and meaningful. She has a passion for working with those who are suffering from physical and emotional pain. Shakira has also been on a journey to contend with physical pain as she works in her calling to minister to those who are hurting. Due to her lived experience, Shakira is also passionate about Endometriosis advocacy and education. She also facilitates a monthly Endometriosis & Adenomyosis Support Group and ongoing group chat. Shakira is offering telehealth sessions in California, New Jersey,
Andrea Straker-Smith

Andrea Straker-Smith

Andrea Straker-Smith is a Counselor with the privilege of working under the supervision of
Shakira O’Garro. Andrea achieved her Master’s in Counseling with a certification in Addiction
counseling several years ago and is now working towards obtaining her licensure in Mental
Health Counseling. She started her career over twenty years ago advocating and supporting the
well-being of children and adults impacted by addictions, domestic violence/intimate partner
violence, child welfare, and intergenerational poverty. Her gentle and genuine ability to
connect with clients creates a safe and brave space for the therapeutic relationship to grow.
Andrea’s practice is grounded in an integrative approach using techniques from Cognitive-
Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. She uses
culturally sensitive interventions to help clients embrace their feelings, tap into their strengths,
and discover meaning in their experiences.

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