we're proud to introduce our

SPEAKERS

We have some phenomenal women to speak at our upcoming retreat, I Choose to Heal, in July 2021. Scroll down below to learn more about them and their specialties.

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Dr. Raven Evans

Dr. Evans is a licensed psychologist based out of Atlanta, GA and the co-founder of ChooseWeARE, LLC. Dr. Evans has experience working with couples and treating depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and psychotic spectrum disorders. She also provides psychological assessment services for individuals presenting with cognitive and intellectual impairments, mood disorders, and personality disorders. She is especially committed to helping women understand their emotional wounds and life struggles on a deeper level. Dr. Evans is dedicated to empowering women to look within and stand tall in their power to create the life that they desire and deserve.

Dr. Josephine Almanzar

Dr. Josephine is currently a postdoctoral associate at Midtown Psychotherapy Associates in the Atlanta area. Dr. Josephine prides herself in taking a strengths-based approach to her work in psychotherapy and assessment. In psychotherapy, she has experience treating depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, self-esteem, suicidal ideation and self-harm, and life transitions. In assessment, Dr. Josephine has experience evaluating individuals presenting with mood disorders, learning differences, and ADHD. She has a clinical and research interest in racial and ethnic identity development among Latinxs. She is a published chapter co-author exploring colorism among Black and Afro- Latinx adolescents in the book, Colorism: Investigating a Global Phenomenon. 

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 Dr. Kayla Philips

Dr. Kayla Phillips is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia State University’s Counseling Center. She has provided individual and group therapy services to individuals age 18+ in a variety of settings. She approaches clinical practice through a multicultural and social justice lens. Her therapeutic style is integrative and primarily grounded in feminist theory. Dr. Kayla’s area of clinical interests include racial trauma, women’s issues, identity development, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, she enjoys providing supervision to aspiring therapists and outreach initiatives for students of color. 

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Dr. Patricia S. Dixon

Dr. Patricia S. Dixon is an Assistant Professor at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) at National Louis University in Tampa, FL. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and for the past 10 years has maintained a private practice working with children, adolescents and adults in Palmetto, FL. Her research interests focus on social and psychological factors that contribute to positive mental health outcomes among minority populations. She is passionate about issues of diversity and her greatest hope is to utilize her position in the field of psychology to be impactful in the area of promoting diversity awareness and competency within the field as well as the community. In addition to her passion for teaching, clinical practice and research she is dedicated to community involvement and engagement. She has a podcast entitled Healing Mentalit-Tea where she discusses all things that promote emotional well-being and a positive mentality. She is a proud member of the SOLVE Maternity Homes Board of Directors, which is a faith based organization that seeks to provide services to women and teens throughout their pregnancy.

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Registered Yoga Teacher:
Ayanna Simone 

Ayanna Simone, Zennia Founder, is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200HR) & meditation guide. She currently leads corporate and private classes focused on calm, clarity and connection in Atlanta, Ga. She began her yoga teaching journey at the leading yoga chain in the US, Core Power Yoga. She has partnered with non-profit organizations like Smile Train USA & South America and the Epilepsy Foundation, hosting yoga & mindfulness classes for fundraising initiatives.  She volunteers with Sisters of Yoga and New Life Community Center, connecting with women of color and teaching foundational meditation practices to victims of trauma. Ayanna’s favorite quote is, “Be ashamed to die until you have scored some victory for humanity.” 

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Taylor Langley, MS 

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Cornishia Simmons, LMHC

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Schyler Callaway, LMSW

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Tranteegus Austin, MS