Dr. Onyejiaka, a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Combined B.A/M.D. Program. She endured further training at the Tulane University Triple Board Residency Program where she specialized in pediatric medicine, general psychiatry, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Additionally, she attended in the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center Honorary Fellowship Program prior to relocating to Chicago in recent years.
Dr. Onyejiaka is an active member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Additionally, she is fluent in Spanish and accepts Spanish-speaking patients.
In clinical practice, Dr. Onyejiaka cares for individuals, couples, families, and groups of all ages. She specializes in supporting athletes and performers seeking a refined competitive edge or transitioning to life after retirement. She is also extremely qualified for care of children, adolescents, and young adults affected by depression, anxiety, traumatic events, and the emotional impact of medical conditions.
Dr. Onyejiaka uses multiple talk therapy modalities and may augment treatment with pharmacotherapy by prescribing medications as appropriate. She employs these techniques carefully to restore and promote wellbeing and life balance.
Dr. Ndidi Onyejiaka, MD, FAAP
Colleen Monks, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Colleen Monks is a Nurse Practitioner certified in both Family Practice and Mental Health, after training under Dr. Onyejiaka, herself. She received undergraduate training from Southern Illinois University, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University. Her Japanese culture laid the foundation for her passion for empowering women and youth.
Although she is qualified to work with individuals of all ages, she especially enjoys working with pediatric, adolescent, and young adult populations. She promotes holistic care of individuals and believes in the integration of therapeutic and pharmacological management of emotional symptoms for the promotion of well-being.
Shuwanda Hudson, LPC
Ms. Hudson received her MA in Psychology from National Louis University followed by another MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Park University in Chicago. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is passionate about helping and serving people with a history of abuse, and who have been traumatized and marginalized, as well as those experiencing suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, drug usage, and grief/loss. She welcomes the incorporation of spirituality. She believes a counselor must listen without judgment and with genuine empathy to assist in each individual’s healing process. At the same time, she encourages goal setting to motivate and navigate clients in the therapeutic process. Ms. Hudson utilizes talk therapies, including narrative and cognitive behavior therapies.
Triniti Tracy Lee, MA, Dance & Movement Therapist
Triniti-Tracy Lee is a Movement Therapist & Counselor with over 20 years of dance, fitness, and wellness experience. She received her BA in Christian Counseling & Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University and attended Columbia College Chicago for her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling. Motivated by the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy, she couples these principles with creative and functional movement methods which have proven effective and positively life-changing. Triniti-Tracy makes connections with people who are especially apprehensive via an individualized lens and positive demeanor. She is able to get to the heart of what a person needs and customize the session to cater accordingly.
She encourages the development of positive, healthy movement patterns that may ameliorate unhealthy movement habits and assist in facilitating verbal processing along with constructive coping mechanisms. She has experience with individuals managing substance abuse, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, bipolar disorder, among others in group and individual contexts within hospital and private settings. As she completes her specialized training, Ms. Lee will focus on researching how creative movement may enhance self-care practices of mental health professionals and those they serve by improving mental health, increasing physical vibrancy and preventing the adverse effects of negative daily stressors that may lead to burnout, physical illness and mental dissonance.
In her two-decade career, Triniti-Tracy provided choreography, movement coaching, and fitness services for artists, actors, students of all ages, athletes, and older adults. Prior to her work in Dance/Movement Therapy, she worked in the entertainment industry with musical artists, television and film, and in the world of fitness and athletics. She left the entertainment industry to pursue her passion to help others offering mental health counseling utilizing the arts, creative & dance movement, and athletics to assist individuals rebuild interconnectedly. Triniti-Tracy’s background in the performing arts (as a professional dancer, actor, singer) and her training as an athlete (as a track & field athlete in addition to years of martial arts Kung-Fu training) assures her ability to effectively utilized these modalities to enhance the therapeutic experience and to assist individuals build interconnection within self and with others.