Authenticity, Alignment, Attunement and Abundance.
As I sat to type these paragraphs, I asked myself: "Akilah, what do you want people to truly know about you?" Those four words written above in bold describe what I strive for.
As a human being, I know both joy and pain in my own personal life. I have learnt that all of my emotions deserve my attention, respect and curiosity. This approach also grounds me to do the work I do with my clients.
Training means a lot to me. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Brainspotting Therapist and a Couples Therapist. I have received training in various areas including Somatic Experiencing, Playback Theatre, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Neuroscience, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy.
I am the founder of the BIPOC Relational Healing Institute, which is dedicated to the healing of BIPOC relationships and BIPOC mental health. I am also the creator of the P.R.I.D.E model which is an approach that is useful when working with clients and in clinical supervision. P.R.I.D.E stands for Pivot, Rumble, Imagine, Develop and Evolve.
Imagination means a lot to me. I invite my clients to imagine new ways of being in this world. I am their co-traveller as they steer into paths that make sense to their well-being.
I am a mother. I am a partner. I am a researcher. I am a social worker. I am an advocate. I am an educator. I am a facilitator. I am a therapist. I am a person. I bring all of who I am to the spaces that I serve. They are listed in my affiliations below.
I show up as I am to the work that I do. I bring my skill and when needed, my stories to help people become the best version of themselves.
I sit with my people hoping to help them to find a sense of Authenticity, Abundance, Alignment and Attunement.
May you be well! May you be happy! May you be at peace!
Akilah Riley-Richardson, MSW, CCTP