Shaniqua Ford is the lead therapist and wellness coach at Soul Werk Café PLLC in the south suburbs of Chicago. Shaniqua is a clinically licensed social worker (LCSW), with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago with over a decade of experience in mental health and holistic wellness focused on trauma, including racial and spiritual trauma, grief & loss, identity, depression and anxiety. 


Shaniqua is dedicated to helping individuals harness their power to evolve & thrive in wholeness. She created Soul Werk Café PLLC with a mission to help individuals remember their own intuitive knowing, cultivate self-trust, & strengthen connection with self to heal and create the fulfilling powerful life they deserve. Understanding life transitions and the fight for personal liberation, Shaniqua combines her clinical training and lived experience within mental health, social justice work, wellness and ancestral healing practices to bring a powerfully aligned therapeutic and transformative experience to clients.

Shaniqua has been featured as a speaker on the Rising to Thrive Podcast and Perceptions Theater “Talk Back” segment. She has facilitated workshops for the University of Chicago, Women’s Business Development Center, Veterans Business Opportunity Center, Melanated Queen Productions, Nicor/Southern Gas Company, You Matter II, Women of Self Love, and the Black Mental Wellness Expo on topics including, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, and maintaining mental and emotional health as BIPOC creative entrepreneurs