Meet the Clinical Team
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
insurances- CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (Maryland)
"I am Tamika Harrison-Garcia. A board-certified, licensed graduate professional
counselor in Washington, DC, providing therapy services at Akoma Counseling
Concepts under the supervision of the owner, Shivonne Odom.
I hold a Bachelor of Education from Salem State University, a Master of Education in
Counseling from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Arts in Clinical
Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. After working in
the field of education for 20+ years in a variety of student services roles, I observed a
growing need for mental health services from my students and their families. I decided
to follow my passion and shifted my focus to mental health. In my growth as a therapist,
my passion and focus has unfolded to include women’s and maternal mental health,
trauma, depression, adjustment, self-worth and self-esteem, anxiety, and stress
As a first-generation Trinidadian-American, I am deeply passionate about equity and
justice in mental health and l look forward to continued growth in both practice and
advocacy. At Akoma Counseling Concepts, I look forward to supporting those who are
grappling with daily life stressors, emotional balance, motherhood and navigating
I am happy to join the Akoma Counseling Concepts Team.
Tamika C. Harrison-Garcia, M.Ed, NCC, LGPC
insurances- CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield & Amerihealth Caritas DC (Washington, DC)
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
Insurances- CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield &
Amerihealth Caritas DC
Maryland and DC