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La Shonda Akins

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Akins was raised in a military household and traveled globally, learning to appreciate diversity at an early age.

Dr. Akins completed her undergraduate studies at University of North Carolina at Pembroke, earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice and graduate studies in Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a Licensed Counselor in Washington State and Maryland.

Dr. Akins has worked in multiple states and with diverse populations. Her research and teaching interests include the Holistic Wellness/Health Paradigm, Wellness and Self-Care Practices of African American Women, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Addiction and Mental Health Counseling. She has six years teaching experience in the areas of Clinical Supervision, Multicultural Counseling, Career Counseling, Foundations of Community Counseling, Research and Evaluation, Clinical Interviewing, Theories of Counseling, Group Counseling and Field Experience.

Dr. Akins has a passion for WELLNESS and all things holistic and complimentary healing. She believes that striving to achieve optimal WELLNESS is a lifelong process and in the helping profession it is vital that we are mindful of our personal and professional WELLNESS and self-care practices.

In addition to teaching and supervising, Dr. Akins owns and operates a clinical private practice.

Courses Taught

COUN 6101 - Foundations in Counseling

COUN 6671 - Counseling Practicum

COUN 6682 - Counseling Internship

CPLB 601L - CMHC Pre-Practicum


EdD, Argosy University-Atlanta

MA, Argosy University-Atlanta

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Doctoral Level Student Award, Argosy University, 2012


Bradley, N. L., Akins, L. S. (2017). Peer coaching: Fostering connections for faculty wellness. Center for Faculty Excellence Newsletter.


Akins, L. S. (2018). Counselor Education: Exploring Career Paths beyond Academia. ACA.

Akins, L. S. (2015). Enhancing Wellness During the Dissertation. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.