Ashé Movement is a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach to healing, wellness, and life strategies.
The Institute for Ashé Movement (IAM) provides affirming, strengths-based, and culturally resonant mental health and community support services for individuals, partners/couples, families, and groups in the greater New Orleans area. These therapies can be accessed as stand alone services, or with the Ashé Pantheon, our signature therapeutic dance program.

IAM in Community
IAM also offers community art and wellness programs including storytelling, Art-in-the-Park, restorative yoga, educational mind-body-spirit workshops, and support groups. 

All IAM therapy is offered on a sliding scale basis. All IAM community programs are donation-based.

Who We Are

IAM comprises leaders in the emerging work of healing arts and transformative therapy who are licensed therapists, counselors, social workers, artists, professionally certified educators, scholars, and dedicated practitioners in West African indigenous healing systems.

IAM’s therapists are committed to co-creating safe and brave spaces to facilitate emotional healing, and to ensuring access to professional and knowledgeable therapy for everyone.

IAM is led by founder and Clinical Director, Dr. Marshall Lee, a clinical psychologist and a renowned teacher and practitioner in the African-indigenous healing movement.

Who We Serve

IAM works in community, serving the people of historic Gert Town and all of greater New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

Specialties and Areas of Focus
We offer support for individuals, partners/couples, families, and groups.
Trauma: PTSD • present/ongoing • personal • historical • systemic • intergenerational
Anxiety • Depression • Stress Management • General wellness goals
Family and relational • Life strategy & visioning • Coping skills
Grief and loss • Personality “disorders” • Spirituality

Adults • Adolescents • Youth • Children • Elders
Queer/Trans/Nonbinary/LGBTQ+ people, partners, families
Students • Activists/Organizers • Practitioners • Artists

IAM Vision & Values

Our vision and mission for healing is the Ashé Consciousness: a liberated mind-body-spirit wholeness, that is affirmed and supported by culturally resonant and fully accessible innovative therapies.

There are well-documented barriers for many individuals and populations to seeking and fully engaging in therapy. IAM’s mission is to provide a space for all people to engage in meaningful, comprehensive, transformative healing and growth.

Our Values

    • Commitment – to our community: the communities of which we are a part, the communities where we live and work
    • Integrity – in our healing work, in our client engagement, and in our disciplined study and practice of psychotherapy and of African indigenous knowledge and healing traditions
    • Creativity and Innovation – in our thinking, in participatory research, and in methods for effective, compelling, and attainable integrative therapies

New Orleans Facts

58.8 %
African American Population
17.9 %
Have Not Seen a Doctor in Over a Year

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