Eric Coly

Eric Coly

Founder & CEO

AYANA Therapy

Los Angeles, CA USA

You need to be able to be seen for you to feel compassion.


By Roadtrip Nation

Eric Coly


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Senegal and moved to the United States for college.
In keeping with a route that would make my parents happy, I earned my bachelor’s degree in finance from Franklin University and then started my career in banking.
I spent ten years in finance growing more and more unhappy because the field was never really a great fit for me and my own personal happiness.
I eventually hit rock bottom and decided to make a career change.
I founded Le Dessein, a socially responsible fashion company aimed at helping to educate young girls in Africa—it gave me a chance to be more courageous and explore my goals and passions.
When one of my friends was struggling to find a therapist, I came up with the idea that there should be an easy way for prospective patients to filter through therapists and find the right match.
After a lot of studying and perseverance, I created AYANA Therapy, a telehealth platform that connects marginalized communities with licensed therapists through a matchmaking algorithm.
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High School
Franklin University


Founder & CEO

I created a telehealth platform that connects marginalized communities with licensed therapists.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

It depends on the nature of the existing needs. It can go from addressing issues from the clinical department, to operational needs, to focusing on hiring and raising capital.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Develop your own lane. Do yoga and meditation. Travel alone. Question the things that you think are highly held beliefs. These are ways to open up new lanes for yourself so that you can find your own truth and happiness.


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You need to study finance, medicine, or law."

Challenges I Overcame

Mental Health Issues

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