Who We Are
NIKEYA NEWSOM, RTY-500
Nikeya is a certified yoga instructor with 500 hours of training. She is a yoga provider for CCS Adults through Milwaukee BHD. She meets clients where their at while assisting them with creating realistic wellness goals for optimal growth.
Message From Nikeya
"Greetings Yogis, I'm Nikeya or Key 500-RYT, I lead a Hatha Vinyasa style yoga class that is tailored to fit each client. My classes are focused on breath control, mindful movement, and energy flow. You can expect to add on strength, stretch muscles and limbs, sweat, release and detoxify the body, all the while vibing to therapeutic tunes. I hope to see you on the mat!"
Nikeya is accepting new CCS Adults clients.
BRIANNA KILGORE, MA, RYT-200
Art & Yoga Instructor
Brianna is a certified Yoga Teacher, Art for Wellness Instructor and nutrition coach with a Masters Degree and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. She is dedicated to helping her clients with their health and wellness goals. She is a provider for CCS adults and CCS kids. She provides in home, in office, and video sessions.
Message From Brianna
I first gravitated to yoga looking for relief from my chronic back pain. Nothing else seemed to work until I tried yoga. Over 10 years practiced and my mind and body have changed drastically. While I was building my personal yoga practice, I was able to gain body confidence, relieve my chronic back pain, stretch and strengthen my muscles and gain a healthy lifestyle.
Yoga also gave me the tools to crave healthy, nutritious foods over the junk. My goal is to get you moving and eating healthy as you gracefully age in this life.
Brianna is accepting new clients through CCS Adults & Kids.
Whitney Bingham AA, RYT-200
Whitney Bingham has been a certified 200 hour wellness and yoga teacher since 2018.
She’s Trained in trauma informed care and mental health First aid. Whitney offers alternative healing and spiritual service such as sound healing, Reiki energy healing and mindfulness meditation. Whitney has also been a certified Doula since 2021 offering prenatal yoga and birth services.
Whitney is not accepting new clients through CCS Adults & Kids at this time.
Rachel Ellis, APSW, SAC-IT
Rachel is an army veteran who has been in the mental health field for 6+ years in a variety of capacities. She recently graduated with her Masters in Social Work from UWM. She is also a Substance Abuse Counseling with a certificate inTrauma Informed Care. She has worked with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and wide range of ages. Some of the interventions she uses includes but are not limited to: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and the Person Centered Therapy approach.
Rachel is accepting new clients through CCS Adults.
Alonja Wilson, BA, RYT-200
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROVIDER
Alonja is a yoga instructor and individual skills development provider with a bachelors degree from Michigan State University. She has experience working in childcare settings, finance, and management. Alonja enjoys teaching daily skills to children and adults that'll help enhance their independence.
Message from Alonja
Yoga has reminded me that the peace and happiness I want in this life, is already within me. Reconnecting with my true self has inspired me to teach others this same practice. I have graduated from a 200hr training in 2021. I teach a class with a vinyasa breath to movement flow that will encourage others to reconnect their mind, body, and soul.
Alonja is accepting new clients through CLTS.
Lauren Kritter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration with a minor in Journalism from the
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She is a 500-
Hour registered yoga teacher, obtaining her first
certification in Goa, India in 2019. She went on to
deepen her study of yoga and graduated with her
300-Hour certification in trauma-informed yoga in
2021 through Sadhana Yoga School. She has been
working within the CCS network since September
2021 individualizing yoga to each consumer and
their needs. She has been teaching community
classes around Milwaukee for four years. Lauren
was initially drawn to yoga because of how the practice made her feel more connected to herself
and her spirit. She has used it as a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual practice and loves to
teach people how to access it in similar ways. She teaches asana movements, breathing
techniques, meditation, anatomy, and energetic healing practices.
Lauren is accepting new CCS Adults clients.
Krystal Roberts, LCSW
Krystal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with five years of experience focusing on wellness and mental health as a whole body practice. Her experience also includes working with many demographics, including ages five through the end of life. In her sessions, she focus on using evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and a few others in order to help clients improve. Krystal often work with clients to address trauma as well as understand behaviors caused by trauma. She views her clients as a whole, not just mental health issues. Many of her clients have said "I love that she consider my culture and societal issues.” Krystal take the time to understand that there are also environmental factors that affect mental health.
Message from Krystal
For me, it’s an honor to work with individuals as they embark on their wellness journey! In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and create content that inspires people. My favorite quote is ” Take your time, But don’t waste time” by Chadwick Boseman because time in life is truly precious and why not use it as best as we can?
Krystal is accepting new clients through MPS and CCS Adults.
Raven Robinson, MSW
Individual Skills Development Provider
Raven is a masters level social worker who is passionate about helping others in the community. She provides individual skills development to adults and mentorship to youth. Her specialty is identifying enjoyable coping skills that's unique and sustainable to the individual. Her goal is to teach skills that can be used and practiced independently for optimal growth.
Raven is the director of the youth mentorship program.
Raven is accepting new adult and youth clients.
Shaquan Jefferson, LPC-IT
Individual Skills Development Provider
Shaquan Jefferson is a Licensed Professional Therapist (In Training) and empowering mother obtaining her Doctoral Degree in Psychology. She is also a certified life coach
who primarily focuses on mindfulness practices and Person-Centered Approach to assist future clients with their needs. Shaquan has the passion and drive to serve
the community and advocate the importance of mental well-being. Shaquan's primary goal is to allow other individuals to shine through their mental well-being.
“Being a better version of yourself means being a better person than you were yesterday” -Shaquan Jefferson
Shaquan is accepting new adult and CCS youth clients.
April Zarder, LPC, SAC-IT
Mental Health Supervisor
April has always had an interest in mental health. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in the field after taking psychology classes in colleges. It ignited her passion for helping people, as well as mental health. April earned her undergraduate degree from Carroll College, and her master's degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. April has worked with a variety of age groups, races, and socio-economic status. She has experience working with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, among other mental health concerns. She has also worked with children who struggle with behavioral issues, self esteem, anxiety, depression, along with those living with Autism. April uses interventions such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Client Centered therapy, not only to manage the symptoms, but to address the root of problems. She believes everyone is an individual who has their own story, and will adapt her treatment style to be most beneficial to the client.
April is accepting new clients through Wraparound, CCS kids, and CCS Adults
DR. SHA'JUAN KENNEDY, DHA, LPC
Mental Health Administrator
Dr. Kennedy is a licensed psychotherapist with a doctorate degree in healthcare administration. Dr. Kennedy is also a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She is trained in CBT, DBT, EMDR, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Neurofeedback.
Fun Fact 1: Dr. Kennedy thrived as a psychotherapist by being her true authentic self. She was raised in Milwaukee's worst zip code, 53206. Living in this neighborhood gave her direct experience and understanding of poverty, crime, undiagnosed mental illnesses, substance abuse, lack of resources and other related struggles. She has a "home girl" energy that helps her clients and peers to feel comfortable with no filters.
Fun Fact 2: Dr. Kennedy loves to travel, listen to trap music, and spend time with friends and family.
Dr. Kennedy is the mental health administrator for Kennedy's Circle of Wellness. She also manages new therapist through their internship and licensing journey.
She no longer provides client therapy.