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Hi, My name is Shivonne and welcome to Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC! I am passionate about helping

improve the mental health of women, helping promote women’s empowerment and mental health

awareness. I completed my bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston

and graduated with my masters degree in counseling psychology from Howard University. 

I hold several certifications and clinical licenses. I am licensed to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington DC, a National Certified Counselor, a certified school counselor in Washington, DC and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. I am also a board Approved Clinical

Supervisor by the Maryland Board of professional counselors and therapists.

At my practice Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC, I provide counseling services to women and girls aged

16 years- Adult. I utilize a cognitive behavioral therapy and person centered theoretical orientation. I also use

solution focused and interpersonal therapy. I specialize in maternal mental health counseling for mothers and mothers with perinatal disorders (Postpartum depression, fertility issues, miscarriage, and postpartum anxiety). I have completed certificate training in maternal mental health counseling via Postpartum Support International and Mary’s Center Clinic in Washington, D.C.  I also specialize in counseling emergency first responders (firefighters, EMTs, and police officers).


My work in mental health has been featured in several local media outlets, national podcasts, and social media publications, such as Parents magazine and Huff Post.  In 2019 I presented at the following conferences on Black Maternal Mental Health: Postpartum Support International (PSI), U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, and Perinatal Support Washington Conferences.  I have also participated in a Black Maternal Mental Health collaboration with the Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide maternal mental health care to residents of St. Croix, USVI in September, 2019.

I strive encourage and motivate women to live healthier lives.

I love to collaborate with others to create 

 more effective culturally informed comprehensive mental health care via social media, television, conferences, universities, blogging, etc.. I love to provide continuing education and speak on panels to promote maternal mental health awareness.   

Let’s get the positivity flowing!


Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, NCC, CSC