Meet the AW&Y Team

Asha W. Sims

Asha W. Sims,

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS),  Clinical Hypnotherapist (CH),

Certified Yoga Instructor (E-RYT-200), Reiki Master Teacher (RMT),

Chief Entrepreneurial Officer (CEO)/Clinical Director

Asha W. Sims is a therapist, holistic wellness practitioner, and yogi. She believes in promoting wellness and the prevention of illness through total holistic care.  The maintenance of an aligned soul, body, and spirit is the key to healing.

Ms. Sims is the founder and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Ashakti Wellness & Yoga LLC as well as the Clinical Director. As a leading clinician in the field of mental health, she supervises budding wellness practitioners with a keen understanding of the total person.  In addition, as a certified Hypnotherapist along with other specializations, Ms. Sims is skilled in assisting with resolving trauma and PTSD. Other areas of her work include smoking cessation, weight loss, stress/anxiety, women & sexual health, and past life regressions. 

Asha W. Sims' background in Chakra Therapy allows her to provide a grounded approach. The focus is the integration and balancing of core energy centers that affects development, growth, and mental health. 

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Sharell D. Cannady

Sharell D. Cannady,

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Associate (LCMHCA), Reiki Master Teacher (RMT),

Social Researcher & Therapist

Sharell leverages her unique knowledge of people, processes, and systems to promote holistic wellness (spirit, soul, and body). Her educational training includes: Integration of Spirituality; Research & Program Evaluation; Assessment Techniques; Group; and Marriage & Family Counseling. She is also a certificated in Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing. Sharell's approach is client-centered and research-based with a focus on inter- generational trauma. She provides mental health counseling to youth and adults by integrating a number of different therapeutic modalities. Her specialty is promoting self-awareness to resolve issues affecting the lives of individuals and their relationships with others. She is skilled in working with couples. Sharell is passionate about bringing all of her training, experience, and knowledge to the table!   

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Tahnaya "Tee" Williams

Tahnaya "Tee" Williams

Reiki Master Practitioner (RMP), Energy Practitioner (EP)

Medical Intuitive & Wellness Practitioner

Tahnaya is a Reiki Master, Behavior Coach and Wellness Practitioner.  Tahnaya is a Master Energy Practitioner and specializes in men's health and working with children with autism. Tahnaya believes that it is important to always make what you do personal and do it with love and a smile.

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Shay White-Joseph

Shay White-Joseph, Physician Assistant (PA), Certified Yoga Practitioner (CYI-200), Reiki Practitioner (RP), Iridology (IP)
Medical Intuitive & Wellness Practitioner

A Physician Assistant, formerly specialized in Western 
Medicine, specifically: Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, and Women’s Health for 17 years. She developed an interest in Naturopathic Holistic Health after recovering from a personal health crisis. Western medicine failed her causing extreme side effects to underlying issues. Her regime included taking many prescription medicines daily for hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and chronic pain. 


The implementation of simple healthier lifestyle choices, research (medical intuition), and her studies (i.e. yoga instruction, reiki practitioner training, iridology practitioner training) offered a stable resolution to her problems. Results were evident in 3-9 months and the overall process was less expensive. A passion for sharing this wealth of love and knowledge was born. 


Shay White-Joseph wants to help others seeking more natural, holistic, and organic means of resolving health issues. Her purpose is to improve the quality of life with “health wealth” medical knowledge and holistic measures.

Aisha Yesher,

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Associate (LCMHCA), Reiki Practitioner (RP),

Independent Contract Therapist & Dance Instructor    

Aisha El-Yesher provides wellness services in the form of holistic therapy as well as integrative care. She approaches concerns of adolescents and adults on a unique individual basis an by addressing concerns with incorporating a traditional/ alternative modality blend. Ms. El-Yesher’s expertise includes, but is not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, Chakra Therapy, Energy Work, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts Therapy.

As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, Aisha El Yesher treats a multitude of diagnoses in addition to assisting with everyday life transitions. Her areas of specialty include, but are not limited to: ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Trauma/Abuse, Homelessness, and Mood Disorders. She helps to identify as well as educate on presenting imbalances. Ms. El-Yesher also enjoys providing guidance with life adjustments such as parenting/co-parenting, career development, and spiritual development. 

Aisha is also co-founder of a non-profit, The FACTS Initiative organization where she enjoys working as a lead therapist to serve children and family units. Aisha also contracts with other agency serving as an outpatient therapist for both children and adults where she focuses on trauma treatment. Aisha's specialty is childhood neglect. She enjoys engaging in expressive arts therapy as it can be hard to verbalize trauma and often needs to be expressed through the arts. Her favorite form of art is dancing, for her it’s like letting your soul free to tell its story. Aisha grew up attending a perform arts school where she learned dance and drama. She often incorporates those arts forms into her therapy, and that’s what makes her so unique. Dance has always been apart of her and she sought to figure out how to incorporate her passion of helping others heal with her love of dancing. As she began researching she came across dancing mindfulness, the art of being mindful as you began to move and explore your space, a new way to release but up stress and tension trapped in your body. As a certified facilitator Aisha runs groups for individuals looking for a creative way to express there feelings in space place support by a licensed therapist.  

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Shaneka Harris

Shaneka Harris,

2021 Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health)

Reiki Practitioner (RP) 

Counseling Intern        

Shaneka Harris has a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her training also includes clinical mental health, non-directive child play therapy, and addiction counseling. 

Megan McGugan,

2021 Master of Arts in Counseling (Addictions Concentration)

Reiki Practitioner (RP)

Counseling Intern        

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Megan McGugan

Megan is a University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) counseling intern. Throughout her time in the program, she has worked with adults particularly the female population on a variety of mental health issues. Some include, homelessness, addiction, grief and loss, and career concerns/job displacement. Her theoretical orientation is not specific to one belief. she uses a variety of techniques and concepts from various theories while staying true to my core orientation of Existential Therapy, Person-Centered and Reality Theory. From the Existential Theory, she believes that we all make personal choices in our lives that lead us to personal happiness. Megan believes we are in direct control of our lives and that we have the freedom to choose our path and ultimately our future. These will be issues of the self, personality, philosophy of the mind, meaning of life and personal development. 


Her core beliefs in these particular theories. However, Megan strongly believes that all people are different and unique. She pulls from different techniques and theories depending on the need of the particular client. 


True progress cannot be made until our mind, body and spirit are balanced as each part contributes to our holistic well-being. 

Daniela "Dani" Garrett (She/Her/Hers),

2021 Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health),

Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI-200), Reiki Practitioner (RP)

Counseling Intern        


Daniela "Dani" Garrett

"Dani" Garrett, pronouns she/her/hers, received her undergraduate degree in psychology and religious studies. She also has 3 years of experience as a yoga instructor at a studio that emphasizes the importance of inclusivity, accessibility, and trauma-informed yoga for every body. Her experiences with holistic wellness and yogic practices have inspired her to expand the work of counseling to include the exploration of mind, body, and soul within a therapeutic process. Dani believes that every human being holds power within to find acceptance and psychological flexibility in the face of difficult times. As a counseling student, she has gained experience in working with military families (adults and children). Other issues and populations she can offer guidance for include anxiety, complex trauma, self-esteem/self-identity crises, sexual orientation and gender identity, stress management, and depression. Daniela "Dani" Garrett's  theoretical orientation offers an outline to helping others through exploring one’s understanding and meaning of life, acceptance of experiences both good and bad, and clarifying values that may offer a sense of direction moving forward.