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My Story

My name is Dr. Akilah( pronouns: she/her/hers)! I am a licensed psychologist in Los Angeles where I work at an academic medical center and in private practice at The Black Girl Doctor. I specialize in child psychology, parenting, and wellness among professional women. I co-founded the SBW Wellness Collaborative, a research based wellness company that focuses on fostering holistic wellness among Black women. I believe psychology has the power to transform lives. To that end I am passionate about empowering people to live the life of their dreams by encouraging mental health and wellness. 

I have ten years of clinical experience working across multiple settings including: academic medical center, VA Medical Center, hospitals, psychiatric inpatient facilities, community mental health, schools, juvenile probation, private practice, foster care.

Fun Facts: Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I consider myself tri-coastal having called California, New York, and Texas home. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA where I enjoy the sunshine, hiking trails, beach days, watching movies, writing, and traveling.

"Be intentional about creating the life you want to live."


Education and Training​

PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Houston

EdM Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University

BA Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Predoctoral Internship

Monrovia Intensive Outpatient, Pacific Clinics


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Psychologists traditionally (or perhaps stereotypically) conduct research in University basements or see patients in hospitals and offices - but Dr. Akilah has a different approach. In this modern world, psychology offers solutions to real life problems and healing that can benefit everyday people. So why should it be limited to four walls? Dr. Akilah brings psychology to YOU! Right where you are - in your home, car, community, faith center, school, or work.

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