Women & Business: Sharise Nance

Sharise Nance is the co-founder of HandinHand Counseling Services LLC and founder of Vitamin C Healing

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Sharise Nance
Vitamin C Healing

As a licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical trauma professional and compassion fatigue specialist, Sharise Nance found the business world was open wide for her to step into it. She made her first footprint in 2013 by co-founding HandinHand Counseling Services LLC in Penn Hills.

“The mission of HandinHand Counseling Services is to promote hope, health and healing to individuals and families dealing with generational and situational obstacles,” says Nance.

Since its doors opened, HandinHand has expanded from a small, part-time private practice to full group counseling with five licensed mental health therapists on-site. The company has provided nearly 1,000 clients with depression, anxiety, complex trauma and life transition counseling services.

Three years after HandinHand was established, Nance founded Vitamin C Healing, a social services organization that focuses on healing in the workplace through books, live workshops and online courses.

“Vitamin C has evolved into an organization that enhances the emotional wellness of helping professionals, caregivers and entrepreneurs struggling with self-care, work-life balance and integration, compassion fatigue and burnout,” says Nance.

Today, Vitamin C has helped nearly 50 nonprofit and social service organizations through workshops focused on healthier self-care practices to increase staff retention, employee morale and work culture. This year the company will host its inaugural Social Worker Appreciation of Greatness awards to recognize 21 workers from the Pittsburgh area.

In 2017, Nance was named one of the Professional Women’s Network’s “Ladies Who Lead” and in 2019 she was named to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Top 40 Under 40, amongst other awards and recognitions for her work as a business owner and author of five books.

Nance has been married for almost five years to William Nance and is proud of her personal commitment to her own health and wellness over the past decade.

“As a young child, I was bullied and also shy,” she says. “As I matured, I discovered I wanted to advocate for others who were afraid to use their voice… As I continued to evolve and embrace my entrepreneurial spirit, I knew it was important for me to create a space that would allow me the freedom to provide services to the community.”

Nance’s advice for other business women would be to remain innovative and creative in their field while supporting those around you.

“Collaborate with your sister, don’t compete with her,” she says.

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