We invite you to meet the amazing staff at MAYA Organization! MAYA has a dedicated team of therapists, childbirth instructors, doulas, and teachers focusing on women’s health, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting concerns.
Tomilyn Ward, MSPC, NCC, LPC
Tomilyn founded MAYA Organization in 2009. Tomilyn has a Master in Professional Counseling Degree from Carlow University and is also a practicioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Tomilyn has experience with working closely with clients who have experienced traumatic births, adoption issues, PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety incarceration, voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights, and domestic violence. Tomilyn has previously worked as a birth doula and has attended over 30 births.
Tomilyn is dedicated to the therapeutic process and takes three times the required number of continueing education courses annually. Committed to offering the most effective therapeutic techiniques, Tomilyn understands that mind and body are connected. To maintain a healthy body you need to maintain your mental health, manage stress effectively, have a positive self-image and learn to love yourself!
Vicki Sirockman, MPH
Vicki Sirockman currently works as the program director for the MAYA Organization. Vicki has also served as the executive director of Lydia’s Place, Inc. and Healthy Start, Inc. as well as the past coordinator of the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Incarcerated Women’s Project. While at Lydia’s Place Vicki worked closely with the Women and Girls Foundation to lead an effort to end the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women in Allegheny County. This effort dovetailed into a later effort by the ACLU that resulted in the passage of legislation in 2010 which outlawed the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women throughout the State of Pennsylvania.
Vicki’s educational background includes a Masters degree in Public Health from Pitt. Her 40 year career includes past work in the child welfare, adoption, and maternal and child health fields. Vicki is an adoptive mother and the parent of three.
Akita Donald received her Master of Science Degree in Professional counseling from Carlow University. Akita believes that every story deserves to be told and validated. Akita believes that her role as a therapist is to support and empower her clients while they overcome personal challenges to embark on a journey to health, healing, and happiness. Akita’s theroetic approach is an integrative, meaning that she incorporate various theoretical orientations and techniques to effectively offer individualized treatment. For the past two years, Akita has provided mental health services inside of correctional settings, working in the State Correctional Institute- Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Jail. Akita’s specialiazations include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and a wide array of topics, such as women’s issues, trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, LGBTQIA issues, and relationship conflicts.
Rachel received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Penn State University. Rachel has been trained in traditional EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-informed CBT, and PCIT (parent-child interactive therapy). Rachel works with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. Her areas of interest include adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, divorce recovery, grief counseling, life transitions, mood disorders, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, and parenting challenges. Rachel’s counseling style is genuine, direct, and engaging. She partners with clients to increase self-awareness, identify and release restrictive patterns, foster empowerment and encourage positive change. She is experienced with diverse cultures and populations in a wide variety of life situations.
Monica received her Master’s in Community Counseling from Mount Aloysius College and her Bachelors in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) who works with both individuals and couples in a counseling setting. Monica’s therapeutic focus is working with clients who have experienced PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and incarceration. Monica is a practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She utilizes these skills to help individuals work through their identified therapeutic targets. Monica is also a Certified Addictions Counselor Diplomat (CACD). She finds her work fulfilling as she is able to help people overcome their past struggles so that they can enjoy a more peaceful present and future.
Monica previously worked with children as a Therapeutic Support Counselor. She has experience working with children diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, behavioral issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, community, and school settings.
Amber Edmunds, Doula, DONA
Amber currently works as a birth doula in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. As a birth doula, Amber is trained and experienced in childbirth education. Amber helps expectant parents develop birth plans and also educates them about the childbirth process. Amber also provides expectant women with emotional and physical comfort measures during and immediately after childbirth.
Amber currently serves on the board of The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle. Amber is working towards certification to become a Lactation Consultant (ILCA). Amber is currently working on her Associates Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Community College of Allegheny County (anticipated 2018). Recently, Amber joined MAYA ‘s team as a case manager. In additional to case management, Ambers enjoys utilizing her diverse skill set to teach pregnancy, postpartum and parenting classes in MAYA’s Northside Office.