Akeema Driggs is a proud Afro-Trinidadian born in the US. She holds a Clinical Psychology degree from Adler University where she studied Black men and their perceptions of mental health.
Akeema utilizes a client-centered approach as well as trauma-informed care in treatment. She often conceptualizes cases from a systems perspective as she believes no one client is untouched by the systems within society. Her professional and personal goals have always aligned as she daily advocates for subjugated populations. Akeema’s wish is that through her work, she would be able to deepen her awareness and understanding of how systemic factors can contribute to the struggles of her clients, and that she may be able to do all in her power to assist them in rising above obstacles they face.
During previous training experience at Hartgrove Behavioral Health, Mt Sinai’s Under the Rainbow, and at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Akeema was able to work with a diverse population of children and adolescents presenting with a range of clinical concerns – from emotional to behavioral challenges, as they came from environments where there were high levels of complex trauma. Additionally, she has worked with adults in therapy and assessment capacities in Chicago with adults in transitional living facilities and in Raleigh at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety with male and female inmates.
During the week, Akeema is a therapist, a student, and an advocate and on the weekend she loves to have fun with her friends. She loves to travel and experience new cultures, be that local, national or abroad.
She is Pro-Black, Pro-POC, Pro-LGBTQ+, Pro-Heaux, and Pro-Womxn and believes that therapeutic services should be a right, not a privilege.
Dr. Yamiles Rodriguez-Correa is a bilingual Post-Doctoral Fellow born and raised in Puerto Rico, Spanish being her native language. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Mental Health from the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Focusing on Neurocognitive Rehabilitation and General Outpatient Community Services, she completed her predoctoral internship (APA-APPIC) at the PHSU-Internship Consortium.
During her formation, she has had the opportunity to work with the Puerto Rican population from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, providing therapy and psychological testing to a wide range of ages and in different scenarios, including adults and geriatric population in general hospitals, children in schools, and specialized centers for autism, as well as adolescents and adults in community clinics, and colleges. Dr. Rodriguez-Correa has experience working with people with diverse concerns, including serious mental illness, anxiety, depressive disorders, trauma, pain management, neurocognitive disorders, autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
In terms of research, her interest and experience are focused on the therapeutic uses of Cannabis for mental health conditions. She believes that therapy should provide a welcoming, warm and safe environment that offers space for a judgmental-free openness, a broad, unbiased understanding of the situation and the roots of discomfort, tailored to the person's experience and needs, and prioritizing the improvement in the quality of life. She is passionate about women empowerment, social justice, early development interventions, music, and self-care.
Aliyah Olivier is an enthusiastic Master’s fellow working with us from Adler University. She is currently getting her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with a certificate in sex therapy. She did her undergraduate studies at Loyola University Chicago gaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in cognitive behavioral neuroscience.
Aliyah uses an individualized style of psychotherapy that adheres specifically to the client’s needs. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and a systemic approach to help clients progress in their productivity and to become more aware of themselves. She believes that every client is unique and is capable of reaching their goals even if it is to rise above systemic factors of racism and discrimination.
She has a background of working with geriatric populations that have cognitive deficits and/or physical disabilities. She has led several therapy groups with a mindfullness approach. She continues to assist with therapy groups in nursing homes around the Chicagoland area while also being a student at Adler.
She enjoys painting in her leisure time and listening to hip-hop and R&B music. She also loves fashion. She is always open to learning new concepts and believes that everyone should get the chance to have a healthy relationship with their mind, soul, and body.
Sophia Julio is a Latinx woman born-and-raised on the Southside of Chicago. She is a Master's fellow working with us from Adler University. She is also a high-level Senior Recruiter working in the cannabis industry. Sophia is currently working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and aims to specialize in psychedelic-assisted therapy. Recently she worked with Entheo IL and the Illinois Psychedelic Society for her Social Justice Practicum - creating their first annual fundraising and advocacy program and volunteer cohort. In 2019, obtained her Bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University where she majored in Anthropology with a triple-minor in forensic science, psychology, and philosophy.
Sophia utilizes various therapeutic techniques to create a holistic approach to psychotherapy and work with each client's distinctive goals. She uses mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and client-centered therapy to empower clients and create a solution-oriented approach to their needs. Sophia believes in reducing systemic harm, uplifting marginalized folx, and using her power to create change within micro and macro communities.
As a long-term industry professional, Sophia brings unique perspectives gained from her experience in cannabis as a professional and a MMJ
patient to the organizations and clients she works with. She empowers her community by shedding light on opportunities within the industry, and how to create change within organizations and in your personal life. Sophia showcases each person's invaluable talents and unique characteristics to positively impact their lives and reach their goals.
In her free time Sophia enjoys powerlifting at her local gym, attending live music shows, creating digital content and art, going to yoga classes, hosting networking events, and more. Sophia is a conscious creator who values advocacy, community outreach, LGBTQ+ rights, human rights, social justice initiatives, and continued education.
Co-Owner & Director of Operations
Dr. Brittney Coats is a proud Pansexual - Chicana. Originally from Southern California, Dr. Coats completed her bachelors and masters degrees in biological science. She moved to Chicago in 2012 to complete her doctorate in biomedical science at the University of Chicago. Her doctoral research focused on the effects of the immune system in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Coats is a fierce advocate for our patients and community. She herself is a disabled woman and has spent decades learning to navigate the American medical system and all of its challenges. Although Dr. Coats is not a therapist; she uses her 13 years in education to help educate our externs, interns and postdoctoral fellows, while keeping the practice up and running with billing, scheduling and any client advocacy needs.