Meet Our Founder & CEO- Dr. Chioma Anah

Dr. Chioma Anah-2020-Update

Dr. Chioma Anah

  • Founder & CEO- PerceptA Therapeutic & Training Center, LLC (2012- Present)
  • Founder of Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ)- (2017-2018)
  • First President of MCSJ (2018-2019)
  • Executive Director- MCSJ (2020- )
  • Board member- Pro Bono Counseling project (2019- Present)
  • A Co-Founder of #BlackInMH
  • Blackinmentalhealth Dr. Chioma Anah holds a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Counseling Psychology, is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC- Maryland), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), a State of Maryland Board Approved Supervisor, and Founder and CEO of PerceptA Therapeutic & Training Center, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland. She has over 15 years experience in the clinical field working with adults and adolescents, working with racially/ethnically diverse populations and facilitating workshops.  Dr. Anah is also the founding member and the first President of Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ)– 2018-2019- a Division of Maryland Counseling Association (MCA). She is currently the Executive Director of MCSJ (2020- ). In September 2020, Dr. Anah was also a co-founder of #BlackInMH.

Clinical Supervision: Need a Maryland Board-Approved Supervisor? Dr. Anah is available for clinical supervision for all those seeking counseling requirements for LCPC and NCC, as well as those seeking supervision for their own private work/private practice.

Training/Presentations/Keynotes: Dr. Anah also provides training  and culturally relevant professional development workshops, keynotes, and consulting services to organizations seeking to improve their skills in effectively engaging with people of diverse cultures. Dr. Anah also provides training on a variety of professional topics including multicultural issues in counseling, racial microaggressions in counseling and the workplace, clinical supervision, mental health issues, and anger management.

On October 29, 2020, Dr. Anah was part of a panel discussion on Equity in Mental Health/Racism and mental Health, sponsored by United Way of Central Maryland – Emerging Leaders United.

Dr. Anah has presented in many juried/peer reviewed local, state, and national professional conferences about her scholarly works. Her presentations (2015-2019) have included topics of racial & social activism; racial microaggressions, particularly as it relates to cross-racial counseling dynamics; and art and creativity as tools for healing.

Dr. Anah’s Research & Presentations

New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) Spring Conference (April 12-14, 2019)

2019 New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) Annual Spring Conference. Presentation given by Dr. Chioma Anah (April 13, 2019).

Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) Conference (November 2-4, 2018).

MCSJ Executive Board Members- Dr. Chioma Anah, ATR, LCPC-S; Evan Velleman, MS; & Jasmine Templeton, LCPC- Present at the MCA Conference- Sunday, November 4, 2018

49th Annual American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Conference| October 31-November 4, 2018| Miami, FL

49th Annual AATA Conference- 2018: Dr. Chioma Anah Presenting on Art & Social Activism (November 3, 2018).

MCA2017-Real Talk-Courageous Dialogue-WomenofColor

2017 MCA Conference, “Real Talk: Courageous Dialogue with Women of Color in the Professional Counseling Field” (November 4, 2017). Presenters: Dr. Chioma Anah, Dr. Donna Shannon, Dr. Danielle LaSure-Bryant, Dr. Deidra Sorrell, Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, Dr. LaShaunna Lipscomb, & Dr. Eunice Humphrey.
2017 MAMCD Conference Poster Presentation by Dr. Chioma Anah: Perceptions of Professional Counselors toward their Role as Social Justice Advocates.
Dr. Anah Presenting on Racial Microaggressions
Dr. Anah Presenting on Racial Microaggressions @ AATA 2015 Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Title: “Unmasking Racial Microaggressions within the Therapeutic Relationship: Working with African American Clients.” – Dr. Chioma Anah

Contact Dr. Anah directly for speaking engagements, presentations, interviews, or inquiries regarding the sale and/or exhibition of her artwork:

**Dr. Chioma Anah, P. O. Box 5633, Baltimore, MD 21210

Research Interests and Artwork: Dr. Anah’s research interests includes; multicultural issues in counseling and art therapy, racial microaggressions, social justice & advocacy in counseling, the psychology of racism, and art and creativity as tools for healing. Dr. Anah’s artwork (2010-2020) is reflective of her research interests. She wants her artwork to help others increase their awareness of racism in America, and confront long histories of stereotypes and systematic cultural biases.

Articles & Publications:

Anah, C. (2020). Healing Through the Creative Process: Art in a Time of COVID-19. Making Space: Art and Social Justice Advocacy with Dr. Anah. ENVISAGE, 3(2). The Canadian Art Therapy Association Online Magazine, ENVISAGE, Volume 3, Issue 2, Spring 2020

Anah, C. (2020, March). The Legacy of King: Counselors as Advocate for Social Justice in 2020. Making Space: Art and Social Justice Advocacy with Dr. Anah. ENVISAGE, 3(1), 14-15. The Canadian Art Therapy Association Online Magazine, ENVISAGE, Volume 3, Issue 1, Winter 2020

Anah, C. (2019, February). Art & Social Activism. ENVISAGE, 2(1), 5-7. The Canadian Art Therapy Association Online Magazine, ENVISAGE, Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 2019 

Intersectionality, Art Therapy, & Social Justice: Interview of Dr. Chioma Anah by CSJ Member, Molly Watkins. In Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) August 2018 Newsletter p. 3-6.

Anah, C. (2016, November 1). Racial Microaggressions: Consequences of “assumption of criminality” on African American men. Compass Points, 9(2), 6-7. MCA Quarterly Newsletter, Compass Points, Issue 9, Volume 2, Fall 2016

Anah, C. (2015). What are racial  microaggressions? PerceptA Therapeutic Blog, March 2, 2015.

What Are Racial Microaggressions?

“Learning to talk about race is crucial if we hope to achieve the equal society that has long been part of the American mythos.” (Sue, 2015- from his new book: Race Talk)

Dr. Anah’s Artwork: Confronts long histories of racial trauma, stereotypes, systematic cultural biases, and racial microaggressions. It also explores the consequences of racism, as well as resiliency and thriving in the midst of racism.

“Say Their Names” by Chioma Anah, 2020
Collage (10/2020)
"Racial Microaggressions: Everyday experiences of Black men"- Mixed Media- 2014 by Chioma Anah
“Racial Microaggressions: Everyday experiences of Black men”- Mixed Media- 2014 by Chioma Anah

Consultation Services: Dr. Anah also provides consultation services that includes:

  • Licensure Exam Preparation
  • Preparation and tips for doctoral counseling psychology comps
  • Dissertation support/consultation-providing support for graduate students in need of members for their dissertation committee.
  • Culturally relevant workshops to organizations seeking to improve their skills in effectively working with people from diverse backgrounds.

Professional Affiliations:

  1. American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
  2. Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ)
  3. Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
  4. Chi Sigma Iota
  5. Maryland Counseling Association (MCA)

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Dr. Chioma Anah can also be contacted via email: 

On Twitter: @DrChiomaAnah

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