Achieving Joy Clinicians

Who We Are

Achieving Joy is a community of therapists who guide individuals, couples, and groups towards healing. We achieve this by helping people understand the importance of knowing themselves, accepting their authentic truth, and creating a life that’s reflective of their soul goals. In this process, we transmute generational trauma into joy and assist all in accomplishing the life they truly want!

 
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CHIOMA JOY PETWAY 

Chioma Joy works with clients from an understanding that many problematic behaviors stem from fear of repeating past pains and trauma. Using a diverse range of skill sets, her ultimate goal is to empower her clients to achieve the life they desire.

Areas of Specialty:

Couples and Groups | Premarital Therapy | Generational Trauma | LGBTQ 

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AICHA CISSE

Aisha strives to motivate and support people to live their truth and take charge of their lives.

Areas of Specialty:

Anxiety | Self Esteem | Depression

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KATIE DAWSON

Katie Dawson is a Relationship Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The College of William & Mary. With a background in working with families struggling with intense conflict, Katie offers a unique perspective to her clients who are currently facing difficulty in their most important relationships. Through assessing communication patterns and identity roles that exist
in each relationship, Katie is able to offer solution focused feedback to help clients achieve their goals. Katie’s mission is to create a safe and, when appropriate, fun place for clients to explore their relationships and how they can grow in them together.

 

Make someone happy,

Make just one someone happy,

And you will be happy, too.

Areas of Specialty:

Marital/Premarital | Family Conflict | Peer Relationships

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BENJAMIN DUKES

Benjamin takes an eclectic, but person-centered, approach to helping clients uncover and unpack the real version of themselves. He employs both gentle and supportive techniques that help the client travel along their journey to (1) reveal the parts of themselves that have been hidden away (for whatever reason), (2) embrace the beauty of who they are today and offer opportunities for reframing as appropriate, and (3) empower and embolden them to choose how they want to show up in their lives going forward..

 

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." ~Carl Rogers

 

Areas of Specialty:

Gay | Emotional Disturbance | Trauma/PTSD

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DIANE JEFFERSON

Diane Jefferson’s mission is to celebrate the resilience of people of color by identifying and breaking the chains of generational traumas. As a substance use specialist, Diane believes the first step is to begin a recovery plan. She strives to create a safe place that the client can not only explore but also describe what their perfect world would be and share how she can support them through their recovery process.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr.

Areas of Specialty

Addiction | Women's Issues | Self-Esteem

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TIPHANIE RILEY

Tiphanie Riley is a Couple and Family Therapist specializing in and with over 10 years experience providing individual, couple, group and family psychotherapy. As a social justice driven therapist, she has expertise in working with the LGBTQ community, communities of color, health issues, trauma survivors, and couples dealing with a variety of issues (from infidelity to sexual dysfunction).

Areas of Specialty:

Sex Therapy | Couple Therapy | Gender Identity | Sexual Identity | Trauma