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Greetings Everyone

As a maternal mental health therapist, I take pride and joy in assisting clients with their journey through prenatal, perinatal, and post-partum. I have a passion for working with women, and more specifically women of color. In addition, I am passionate about working with women through their traumas, life experiences, and daily life. My motivation stems from the desire to uplift and support women through some of the most vulnerable times of their life. My areas of focus include stress management, anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, mood, work, and stress-related disorders. If we are to be healthy, we must prioritize our well-being, show up for ourselves, and be intentional about our quality of life. I possess the utmost gratitude for my education attained first at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). 

I attained my Bachelor of Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Rehabilitation Psychology. Following that life-changing experience, I attained my Master of Arts at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. These institutions have equipped me to provide exceptional and specialized care to the populations I work with and I am honored to be a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) serving on the Akoma Counseling Concepts Team. 

"Knowledge is Obtained by the Character You Aquire"   -

Jade Spears, NCC, LGPC


Simone Akila (she/her) is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and received her degree from Howard University. She was an inaugural John & Barbara Jacob Social Work Social Justice fellow and an alumna of the HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Simone is a co-founder of two Black-centered organizing collectives, Healing Justice SB and Juneteenth SB, earning experience in organizing and systems building.  Simone is passionate about perinatal mental health and she currently supports birthing and parenting people through a DC-based psychotherapy private practice. As the parent of two young children, Simone Akila affirms the radical work of mothering and believes that all are needed to create the communities we deserve.

Simone Akila, LGSW

Maryland and DC

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