OUR roots

gatHER & HEAL provides therapy services for melanated women.

You don’t have to do it alone.

We HEAL in Community, we HEAL togetHER.

gatHER & HEAL is a space where melanated millennial Womxn+ can amplify their voices, presence and overall health.

As a clinician for over 10 years, our Founder/CEO Vanessa Benzan-Monteiro understood the impact of representation in the therapeutic space. Melanated millennial womxn+ on their HEALing journey deserve therapists who look like them. As the effects of the pandemic further highlighted the barriers of mental health accessibility, the roadblock to finding relevant support for our womxn+ only intensified … until now!

This practice focuses on the mind, body, emotions and behaviors as the map to identify, and change, how we show up in the world. gatHER & HEAL is a space of healing and community where womxn+ can dig deep, connect with their SELF.

Our Why

Through individual therapy and community, we're a space for exploration, engagement and wellness--- without the BS of colonized, societal structures.

Vanessa sujey

Meet Your New Therapist

I understand the weight of the masks we often wear to navigate the world, the strength it takes to carry generational stories within us, and the profound need for spaces where our truest selves are welcomed without reservation. That understanding has been the driving force behind every aspect of gatHER & HEAL.

As a licensed therapist, intuitive life coach, and certified FLOW breathwork facilitator, I don't just work from a manual; I connect from the heart. My holistic, heart-centered approach recognizes the complex makeup that is human experience — the inextricable links between mind, body, spirit, and the cultural currents that continually mold us.

My approach is holistic and heart-centered, honoring the intricate connections between mind, body, spirit, and the cultural forces that shape our lives. With me, therapy transcends traditional talk; it's a transformative experience that weaves in the wisdom of moon phases and astrology, the grounding power of breathwork, and the liberating potential of energetic healing.

If you’re ready to take this journey of deeper self-awareness and healing, I’m ready to walk alongside you every step of the way.

"Thank you for facilitating a life-changing session. Wow. What a blessing you are."

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Self Care Guide

Our self care journal guides you through defining self-care on your terms, indulging in physical activities that joyfully reconnect you with your body, and embracing creative outlets that resonate with your inner self.


“Thank you so much Vanessa for your presence, attunement, wisdom and guidance, you were truly God’s gift to me! ❤️”

"This was the first time all day I felt joyful and really light hearted. Every time you come on the screen I feel your energy and am comforted. I wanted to share that with you and let you know I appreciate you. Thank you!!”

"Thank you for EVERYTHING!!! You have been so instrumental in helping me mke such a big move! ❤️❤️❤️"