Meet the Team

Melisa Alaba, CEO

Breakthrough Coach and therapist

I’m Melisa Alaba.

CEO of Vision Works Coaching and Counseling, Breakthrough Coach, Speaker, Published Author, Creator of the B’HEALED transformation process, Mama, and chocolate lover. I’m a licensed counselor with a Masters in Psychology from Roosevelt University, and a Life and Happiness Coach.

My book – Live Out Loud: 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose – was featured in the movie 72 Hours.

My advice has been featured in Ebony Magazine, Ebony online, Parents Magazine, Redbook, ABC online.

And I’ve made live appearances on Fox News and CBS as well as given talks at countless events.

For the past 20 years I’ve coached over a thousand women of color to work through deep trauma, heal their wounds, have life-changing breakthroughs, and get to their next level.

I’m also a cancer survivor.

I’ve been through a painful divorce.

And I’ve been a single mom.

So you could say I know a little something about having success… AND being resilient under fire.

As I took the time to work on ME, I learned the tools and structures that were helpful (and which ones were just “blah”). I made a courageous decision to expand, and not contract, in the face of these life circumstances.

I started to build my own system for personal transformation… the B’HEALED process (which stands for “Beautiful. Have an Extraordinarily. Awesome. Life. Every. Day.”).

And I realized that these were the exact methods my clients needed to get through all the issues plaguing them…

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of self care practices
  • Lack of true love and frustration with dating
  • Relationship drama
  • Imposter syndrome around money – scared to loose it or feeling unworthy of earning more
  • Fear about becoming more visible with professional growth
  • Spiritual growth and maturity (consistency in practices)
  • Feeling like your life was out of control

Sound familiar, Beautiful?

I’m a professional therapist and life coach, but even I couldn’t do the work alone. I had to ask for help. This is when I learned that a doctor can’t operate on themselves. It's okay to get support, sis.

Asking for help is hard for black women. Hell, all women!

But when you’re ready to lay your cape down and get the support you need, I’m here for you.

I guide women like you to get your rhythm back. And have…

  • More love
  • More laughter
  • More abundance
  • More fun
  • More discoveries

You may not feel super powerful today. Or radiant and full of vitality. Or worthy of a healthy, intimate relationship. Or satisfied with your business and income.

But TOGETHER we can co-create new rituals that feed your spirit and pave the way for the love, success, balance, health and abundance that’s waiting for you.

You are worth it.

Let’s make it happen!

How may I work with you? You may be wondering.

I currently see a limited amount of clients individually.

And

I am cooking up some magic for the Soulful Sister Circle (opening January 2021)

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Latasha Billingslea
Clinical Director and Marriage Therapist

I’m LaTasha Billingslea.

Marriage and Family Therapist. Clinical Director. Traveler. Avid reader.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine.

Every couple hits a rough patch. (If you haven’t yet, just wait… it’s coming!) And I’m here to help partners come back together to recreate that love, joy and trust.

For over 12 years I’ve worked with couples and families to heal all kinds of issues:

  • Marital conflict
  • Poor communication
  • Partners with mental health conditions
  • Blended family issues
  • Infidelity
  • Old family secrets

I specialize in guiding couples to communicate with each other, improve their parenting, work through sexual struggles, get on the same page on money and finances, manage household expectations and duties, and spice things up when the spark has died out.

And I teach folks how to fight fair.

Because conflict is inevitable, and when couples can see disagreements as opportunities for growth, they can work together, and each get what they need.

So, how’s your relationship these days?

Whether you’re newly married and seeing some tension bubble up, or in a decades-long partnership where the passion is gone, I’m here to help.

I create a safe space for my clients and teach practical tools and techniques so that you can understand yourself and your partner better.

With my guidance you learn how to understand your spouse’s value in a brand new way, and learn how you complement each other.

I work on a foundational level, getting at the root of all conflict and uncovering hidden beliefs, so that you can fix the broken communication patterns and create new dynamics based in love and mutual respect.

Using Gottman principles we go through a process that allows transformation in your relationships.

Give your marriage the love it deserves.

You can get back on solid ground again. And I’m here to show you how.

Contact me to book an appointment.

Terri Phoenix, M.ED, LAPC
Therapist

Clients affectionately call Terri “The Real Deal” when it comes to therapy.

Terri knows what is like to feel misunderstood and not heard. Terri believes that many of the behaviors that adolescents and teens have stem from feelings of being misunderstood and not being able to effectively communicate their needs. Terri specializes in guiding adolescents and young women in finding their voice and mastering their communication and behavior so they can thrive in home and at school. Terri also specializes in working with women who have chronic diseases or who deal with social cultural issues that prevent them from living their best lives.

Terri earned a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia . Terri is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and expressive therapy. Terri believes in an integrative approach to therapy which allows her to achieve the best results for her clients. Terri is currently under supervision with Rebecca Brown, MA, LPC, CPCS.

Terri is a Colon Cancer survivor and actively manages Graves disease. When Terri is not working she enjoys gardening, watching movies and playing with her grandchildren. Terri has been married to her wonderful husband for 24 years in which they have two adult sons and two grandsons.

Contact me to book an appointment.

Joy Mitchell, MA, LMFT
Therapist

I am excited to join the Vision Works Counseling and Coaching team. My name is Joy Mitchell and I am a graduate of Mercer University. I am a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist. I have been working with young adults and couples for the past several years. I am passionate about helping my clients navigate challenging times, discover their purpose, work through grief, figure out school and work balance, and develop healthy relationships.

As a marriage and family therapist, I’ve had a lot of success helping my couples learn to fight fair, develop new tools to communicate, and rediscover what it’s important in the relationship. No topics are off-limits. I use Gottman therapy when working with couples to help them discover new ways to strengthen their bonds and communicate more effectively.

I apply a strengths-based approach for my clients, as I have found that each client I have worked with has more to offer than they realize. I also use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoeducation, and mindfulness techniques.
When I’m not working you can find me traveling and spending time with my family.

 

Contact me to book an appointment.

Audrey Meah, LMSW
Clinical Social Worker

Audrey Meah is a self-care advocate. She believes that learning to love and honor yourself is a worthy goal. Audrey helps her clients learn tools that allows them to have inner peace, joy and a sense of purpose. Ms. Meah uses Cognitive Behavioral therapy to help her clients manage their thoughts and feelings. Audrey believes that having anxiety, depression may be symptoms of something bigger.

Audrey is a licensed Social Worker with over seven years of experience in the field. Audrey is a graduate of University of Michigan with a Masters in Social Work.

When Audrey is not working you can find her traveling, enjoying a spa day or watching a movie.

 

Contact me to book an appointment.

Jasmine Watley
Client Specialist

Hey Beautiful,

My name is Jasmine and I'm your client specialist. I assist you through every stage of your self-care journey. Whether you are just beginning the search for support, or you have already begun utilizing Vision Works Coaching and Counseling Services, I am here to provide excellent customer service. I'm in the office Monday through Friday from 9 am- 2 pm. Please call me or email me and I'll be sure to call you back within 24 hours. As a psychology student, I have an understanding of what's important to you and I help you connect to the right provider and program.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and am currently completing my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

When I am not working or busy with my studies, I enjoy traveling, baking, trying new restaurants, and watching true crime documentaries.

 

Contact me to book an appointment.

Ebony Leaks

Sound healer Practioner and Coach

We are excited to welcome a new holistic coach to our team. Ebony Leaks is a graduate of Pfeiffer University where she earned her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned a certification in Sound healing.

Ebony became interested in helping clients who experienced anxiety and depression with deeper levels of healing. Ebony utilizes Sound healing to help reset the body's awareness to feelings of anxiety, depression, or feeling of grief and loss.

Ebony guides her clients in becoming more visible and more of themselves. Sound healing and coaching help the mind and body to feel more at peace. The healing frequency allows clients to release old thoughts, feelings and to feel more alive and confident.

Ebony believes that when we fully heal from the trauma and loss we are able to show up bigger for ourselves in our everyday lives. Ebony believes self-love starts with taking time to heal and recover.

When Ebony is not working she loves to relax with friends and check out new restaurants around town

 

Contact me to book an appointment.



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