Clinicians

We  are focused on providing you with a safe space to listen to your concerns and customize an innovative treatment plans for your needs. 

Licensed Mental Health Therapists

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Helen Freiling
LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Susan Fletcher
LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Mary J. Rodman
LCSW

Licensed Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA also licensed in Illinois

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Alima S. Mustapha-Palmer
LPC, PHD

Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Bentley Noland LICSW, LCSW-C

Bentley Noland
LICSW, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC, also licensed in Maryland

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Marion Wright
M.Ed, MS in Counseling, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Elsa Mendez
MSW, LICSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC

Heidi Emmer LCSW-C

Heidi Emmer
LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Adrienne Harding
MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC

Brittany L Johnson LGPC

Brittany Fletcher
LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Stephanie Cook
LCSW

Licensed Certified Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Christina Korin
LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC, also licensed in Massachusettes

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Pulchery Afoakwah (Thelusma)
LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Licensed Graduate Mental Health Therapists

Bruhaspaty (Bru) Prasad

Bruhaspaty (Bru) Prasad
MBBS, LSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

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Sarah Charmchi
LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Workerr
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Cassandra J. Edwards
LGPC, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Julie Ewing WNCG

Juliet Ewing
LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor
Location: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Azalea Aguilar
MSW

Licensed Graduate Master of Social Work
Location: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

Sharlita Boyd team member

Sharlita Boyd
LMSW

Licensed Graduate Master of Social Work
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD, also licensed in DC

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Jasmine Mauss
LGMFT

Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Whitney Marris
LMSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

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Bridgette Joye
LMSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Licensed Psychologists

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Barbara A. Hernandez
Ph.D., CSOTP


Location: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

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Justin Collmann
Ph.D.


Location: Virginia

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Oscar Harp
PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Psychiatrists

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Dr. Salman Kazim
MD

Licensed Psychiatrist

Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

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Genevieve Clarke
RDN, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth and Washington DC also licensed in Virginia and Maryland

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Mary Nocera
RDN

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth only, Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

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Samantha Adas
MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Melani Dhason

Melani Dhason
RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Morgan

Morgan Holl
RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

Brooke Keenan RDN, LDN

Brooke Keenan
RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Location: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD also licensed in Virginia

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Dr. Oscar Harp, PhD

Dr. Oscar Harp is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Maryland and a certified school psychologist in the District of Columbia. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia in the Psychology and Counseling Department and currently works as a school psychologist at DCPS. He Worked as a clinical psychologist with addictions, mood and anxiety disorders, and behavioral stress reduction at both outpatient and inpatient Military Treatment Facilities. His clinical expertise includes: clinical, psycho-educational, and comprehensive evaluations as well as treatment of child and adolescent behavioral problems, and mindful meditation.

Dr. Harp has a history delivering psychological services to adults and children (ages 6 to 12), adolescents, military, and geriatric clients, at various settings including nursing homes, hospitals, universities, public and charter schools, youth correctional facilities, and military treatment facilities (MTF). Dr. Harp has a Postdoctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University, and undergraduate B.A. degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University. His APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship was from Children’s Hospital National Medical Center.

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Dr. Salman Kazim, MD

Dr. Salman Kazim, M.D. is a psychiatrist and a psychiatry neurologist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders, emotional disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders and adjustment disorders.

He believes in treating Biologic, psychological, and social components of illnesses through understanding the whole person. The tools he uses in practice may include diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications, evaluation and treatment of psychological and interpersonal problems with individuals and families, and intervention for coping with stress, crises, and other problems.

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Helen Freiling, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of Institute for the Psychological Sciences, where she completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology. She is also an alumna of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Ms. Freiling shows a keen interest in treating patients diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, and irrational fears or phobias.

Helen’s passion for her work is unparalleled. She ensures every individual leaves the clinic feeling satisfied and motivated to get their lives back in order. Ms. Freiling is comfortable to talk with and patients are easily drawn to her calm persona. She is a good listener and encourages her patients to drop all inhibitions and discuss their issues freely.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Susan Fletcher, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has well-rooted compassion for people and her therapeutic approach ignites comfort through holistic strategies that heal those suffering from the stressors that lead to addiction and mental disorders. Familiar with the manifestations and symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and poor self-image as well as various mental disorders, such as Bi-Polar Disorder and Schizophrenia, she is experienced in resolving the trauma and crisis that can occur as a result. Her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other treatment modalities enables her to guide a diversity of clients in developing effective coping skills.

Her professional goal is for all to live a well-balanced life.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Mary Jouett Rodman, LCSW is a licensed social worker practicing clinical therapy for over 10 years. She graduated from the Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Mary utilizes a holistic approach when identifying and treating a patient’s specific needs. She has over 10 years of experience post graduate experience in mental health and has a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mary uses various treatment modalities that focus on the patient’s strengths rather than deficits. Her treatment focus is for mindful care for the mind, body, and soul. Her experience as a clinical social worker includes motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, person centered treatment approach to treat eating disordered patients with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. Mary has also has received training in body image issues and how that pertains to clinical treatment. She is currently certified with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors as a certified bariatric counselor.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA also licensed in Illinois

Dr. Alima Palmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Masters Addition Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Certified Coach, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies. She is a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, Member of the Center for Crisis Management and American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and several other related organizations. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses. She is an expert in Diversity, Multiculturalism/Cultural competency, and Minority populations. As a former Social Services (and child protective) worker with supervisory duties, Dr. Palmer is vast in working with youths and families. As a LPC, and a BCC, she has functioned in various capacities including consulting, training, coaching, and offered services to individuals, groups, military personnel, Employees Assistance Programs, DUI/DWI assessment, Ex-offenders, Immigrant and Refugees, Parenting, Anger Management and those with health issues such as HBP, diabetes, cancer and more.

Dr. Palmer uses the a number of therapeutic modalities including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Theory, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative/Talk therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her practice is grounded on a holistic, strength based, person centered and culturally relevant approach to services. She is engaging, professional, resourceful, and solution oriented. Dr. Palmer enjoys engaging people in a therapeutic partnership to empower them to achieve their desired goal.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Bentley Noland, LICSW, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical Social Worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia since 2004. Bentley obtained his masters of social work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and his Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Bentley sees the developing person in terms of continuous growth and refinement of the body mind and spirit. Bentley believes that each person can unlock their potential by identifying and reducing barriers to optimum health including self limiting beliefs and behaviors. He is adept at stress reduction through the practice of meditation, Tai Chi and Yoga. Ben is knowledgeable in overcoming trauma, the treatment of mood disorders and issues of recovery from addiction of all types. Ben utilizes a combination of Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and exploring alternatives to unhealthy family dynamics in the treatment of adults, adolescents and children. He has worked in inpatient and in private practice settings and as a social worker in child welfare. Most importantly, Bentley believes in the art of listening as a means of developing a natural and intuitive path towards healing. Outside of the office, Ben practices visual arts and musical collaboration and believes in the power and passion of creative and occupational pursuits in building a healthy sense of self.

Locations: Telehealth and Washington DC, Also licensed in Maryland

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Marion Wright, M.Ed, MS in Counseling, LCPC is a husband and a father of four beautiful children (3 girls and 1 boy). For over 20 years he has been working with various populations within the community. A native of Philadelphia, PA.

He is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Marion received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication with a minor in Public Relations from Howard University. He obtained a Master of Arts in Special Education from Delaware State University and went on to pursue a second Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of the District of Columbia.

He has experience working with children and adolescents, providing rehabilitation services, therapeutic staff support and providing individual, group and family therapy. He has worked with consumers with substance abuse issues, foster care children, at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. He is passionate about issues that impact individuals such as peer pressure, depression, validation and self-esteem.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Elsa Mendez, MSW, LICSW
Elsa Mendez is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC. Ms. Mendez received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America.

Ms. Mendez specialized in anxiety and trauma but also uses task centered model therapy and solution focused therapy. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as experience treating depression and other mental illness.

Another specialty she has is cultural competency and has worked with individuals from different countries outside of the US on a multitude of issues. Ms. Mendez focuses on meeting a client where they are and incorporating their strengths into their treatment.

Locations: Telehealth and Washington DC

Heidi Emmer, LCSW-C
Ms. Emmer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland. She began working with children and adults in various settings such as private practice, hospitals, residential group homes and schools since 2001. She works with clients of all ages; from toddlers to older adults. She creates an emotionally safe environment for individuals to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs. Ms. Emmer believes that painful feelings such as fear, anxiety, anger and sadness are often our body’s way of communicating important messages. Through learning to listen to feelings and sensations mindfully, rather than avoiding them, powerful personal change can manifest. Ms. Emmer works collaboratively with clients to find the cause of their emotional pains and recognize triggers to unwanted destructive habits. Utilizing strengths based therapy, Ms. Emmer will helps clients become more aware of the positive qualities inside them, and assists them in expanding the coping skills they already have. By working together, she helps people achieve their goals and grow internally.

With adults, Ms. Emmer uses techniques that best fit the unique individuals and circumstances she is treating. The typical modalities and methods used are psychodynamic, CBT, Family Systems, strengths-based therapy, mind-body techniques, imagery, and role play. When working with children, Ms. Emmer utilizes creative and active modalities including child-centered play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy. She also works with parents to involve them in the treatment process. This allows children to heal more effectively and generalize their gains to the outside world. Ms. Emmer uses theory from CBT, mind- body therapy, imagery, and attachment therapy to help children achieve their goals.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Adrienne Harding MA, LPC
A native of NY and NJ, Adrienne has a passion for helping others and creating safe spaces for then1 to share. Adrienne is a graduate from St. John’s University (NYC) and Marymount University (VA).

With two Master’s degrees, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology, Adrienne has acquired and fine-tuned the skills needed to support people in reaching optimal mental and emotional wellness. Adrienne has worked in private practice, as well as, at large non-profit mental health agencies that served various populations and persons with varying symptomatic behaviors. A certified FFT provider, TST provider, LPC, and NCC, Adrienne looks forward to supporting you in addressing your mental and emotional concerns, with a warm smile and a listening ear-no concern/problem/barrier is to too big to overcome, as long as you are committed to the process.

Locations: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Brittany Fletcher, LPC
Brittany Fletcher, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. Brittany completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Community Psychology at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Brittany also received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University in Kansas.

Areas of practice include working with teen and adult minority populations with a variety of disorders from depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, and more.

Locations: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Stephanie Cook, LCSW
Stephanie Cook is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Maryland. Mrs. Cook received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of William and Mary, and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University.

Mrs. Cook works primarily with adults using individual psychotherapy via teletherapy, stating that the ability to working collaboratively with her clients is essential for success. Just the same, Mrs. Cook uses many treatment modalities including, but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. She works from a Strengths-Based perspective to help her clients understand and improve on their own strengths and not just their deficits.

Mrs. Cook has experience in working with clients to treat: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief and loss, and life transition issues. She believes that you should use the treatment modality that best fits a client’s needs to ensure that you are providing the best care. Mrs. Cook is currently studying for her Licensed Certified Social Work (LCSW) licensure.

https://doxy.me/cookwncg

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Christina Korin, LICSW
Christina Korin, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. Christina is a graduate of Boston University, where she completed her master’s degree in social work with a focus in trauma. She is also an alumna of The Catholic University of America where she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Christina previously worked in the Department of VA healthcare system where she focused on providing therapy and case management to veterans.

Christina provides a trauma-informed, client-centered approach to adults. Her areas of practice include Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse Disorder, Anger Management, PTSD, and more.

https://doxy.me/christinakorinlicsw

Locations: Telehealth and Washington, DC, also licensed in Massachusettes

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Pulchery Afoakwah (Thelusma), LCPC
Pulchery Afoakwah (Thelusma) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in MD with over 6 years experience in the mental health field. One of her strengths is to create an environment that allows her clients to find their way, learn about themselves, and grow to be leaders in their treatment. The approaches she uses use give clients the ability to take the initiative, evaluate and then make a plan of action. Making the decision to enter into therapy is a challenge in itself. But in the end her goal is to meet the client where they are at and go from there.

Where applicable, Pulchery uses Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, play therapy, career/coaching and other modalities in practice. Her approach is Eclectic based in Reality Therapy in a Person-Centered format as it takes the belief that people are capable of change through self-direction and understanding in a supportive environment. Reality Therapy allows the patient to figure out what they want. Pulchery has experience in group, individual and family and couple therapy. She has worked with all age groups from youth (as young as 4) and beyond, but a lot of her experience has been in an addictions, dual-diagnosis and trauma work.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Bruhaspaty (Bru) Prasad

Bruhaspaty (Bru) Prasad, LSW
Bruhaspaty (Bru) Prasad MBBS, LSW, with a background in Medicine, is a Licensed Social Worker in the Northern Virginia area. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine & Surgery at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China) and went on to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at Howard University (Washington DC).

Bru has experience working in a variety of settings serving children, adolescents, adults, families and couples through individual and group therapy. His areas of expertise include Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Substance Use disorders, Self-Esteem & Self-Image issues as well as Family & Relationship issues. Being a calm and patient listener, Bru is able to empower and motivate his clients with a holistic and nonjudgmental approach.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Sarah Charmchi, LGSW
After landing an opportunity as a sexual assault prevention program intern during her undergraduate studies in 2011 Sarah quickly realized she had a passion for helping others heal and work through difficult and challenging situations.

Ms. Charmchi graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s in Behavioral and Community Health and later on completed the requirement to become a certified health educator. She later attended Catholic University of America where she earned a Masters degree with honors and became a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in both Maryland and DC.

Sarah has vast experience working with different populations including children, teens and adults in different capacities. She has received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavioral therapy and utilizes both when working with her clients. She also utilizes a Solution Focused approach as well as Motivational Interviewing in practice to help clients in the most comprehensive way possible.

Locations: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Cassandra Edwards is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor at Washington Nutrition Counseling Group. She has worked with various populations inclusive of adolescents, adults, and older adults, providing services to those who have depression, anxiety, anger issues, substance use, family and marital concerns, trauma, and other pervasive mental health conditions. Just the same, Ms. Edwards is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who provides trauma-informed therapy, and has a history with working with eating disorders, understanding the need for control, acceptance, and balance in one’s life.

Ms. Edwards’ approach to therapy is holistic, person-centered and strengths-based. She creates a safe and collaborative experience for clients, believing that they are their own experts on life. Ms. Edwards draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and cultural experiences to tailor her approach for each individual client. Ms. Edwards understands that each client is different and recognizes the courage and humility that it takes to participate in therapy.

Outside of therapy, Ms. Edwards is athletic, family-oriented, and enjoys her Caribbean roots. She enjoys traveling and has a down to earth personality that connects with people from all walks of life. Her personality emerges in her work, encouraging her clients along their journey towards restoration and empowerment.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

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Juliet Ewing, LGPC
Juliet Ewing is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Washington DC. She has seven years of experience in the field of mental health care and is completing a nine-month post-graduate training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Julie works with adults and adolescents in individual psychotherapy. She works collaboratively with compassion and empathy to help her clients better understand themselves and address their issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, life transitions, relationships, and loss. She uses a range of techniques including psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and problem solving therapies.

Julie holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and a Bachelor’s from Middlebury College.

https://doxy.me/julieewing

Locations: Telehealth and Washington, DC

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Azalea Aguilar, MSW
Azalea Aguilar, MSW is a graduate from Catholic University where she received her Master’s in Social Work and is presently working towards her License as a Clinical Social Worker.

Azalea has experience working with youth and their families providing in home counseling services. She also has experience providing crisis management to children and their families as they transition to more stabilized care. In addition she has also worked with adults providing mental health skill building services as it relates to management of personal and professional goals.

Her passion for working in the field is in no doubt influenced by her family who have all worked in human service roles. Prior to working in the social work field Azalea built an extensive amount of experience in the healthcare and non-profit sectors.

https://doxy.me/aguilara

Locations: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

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Sharlita Boyd, LMSW/LGSW
Sharlita Boyd is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW/LGSW) practicing in Maryland, and Washington D.C. Sharlita received her Masters Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she specialized in Clinical Behavioral Health. Sharlita works with adults, often in life transitions or crisis.

Sharlita has expertise in treating the residual effects and manifestations of unresolved childhood traumas, commonly visible in interpersonal relationships, and throughout family conflicts. Furthermore, Sharlita has specialized knowledge in diagnosing and providing treatment for Trauma-And-Stressor-Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Dependent Personality Disorder, Insomnia Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders.

Sharlita has expertise in assessing, diagnosing and providing person-centered, and solution-oriented treatment. When applicable, Sharlita uses a combination of CBT, DBT, and MBSR models; in addition to providing a holistic touch, in attempts to address and heal the whole person (body, spirit, and mind). Also, to increase advocacy, Sharlita is currently studying effective treatments to better support clients with Eating Disorders.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD, also licensed in DC

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Jasmine Mauss, LGMFT
Jasmine Mauss is a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (LGMFT) practicing in Maryland. Originally from California, she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in public health and counseling/social change at San Diego State University. She received her master’s degree in couple and family therapy at University of Maryland, College Park and has been working as a mental health therapist in the DMV area.

Jasmine works with couples, families and individuals. In her experience facilitating couple therapy, Jasmine has assisted relationships with issues in communication, intimacy, partner violence, sexual dysfunction, and more. In her work with individuals she has helped her clients work through anxiety and depression, trauma, phobias and relationship challenges. Working with families, she has assisted in strengthening communication skills, finding areas for connection, and creating healthier boundaries and expectations. Jasmine’s preferred modalities of therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gottman, EFT, and Solution-Focused.

While direct and honest in her approach, Jasmine has also been described as unique, insightful, easy-going, and compassionate. She believes strongly in the power of therapy and loves helping others unlock hidden parts of themselves and providing them with tools they can apply to their daily lives.

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD

Whitney Marris, LMSW

Whitney Marris is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Virginia. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she obtained her Master of Social Workdegree with a focus on trauma-informed care and human rights.

Whitney has broad practice experience spanning work in community-based behavioral health settings, the criminal justice system, crisis intervention, and non-profits serving survivors of gender-based and domestic violence. She also has specialized training in a variety of individual and group approaches including the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, Restorative Circles, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Fueled by a commitment to a holistic, person-centered, and strengths-based approach, Whitney strives to cultivate a collaborative, supportive, and safe space to facilitate each client’s unique journey in growth and healing. Whitney employs her expertise, empathy, and compassion to help clients uncover and engage strategies to experience life with enhanced feelings of empowerment, ease, and joy.

Whitney enjoys working with people of all backgrounds and abilities, and is fluent in helping clients address an array of personal challenges including depression, anxiety, major life transitions, substance use, grief and loss, relationships, as well as trauma and chronic stress.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Bridgette Joye, LMSW

Bridgette Joye is a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT Resident) practicing in Virginia. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communication and Public Relations from East Carolina University prior to completing her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University.

In her clinical work, Bridgette works with couples, children, youth, families and individuals. She has therapy experience across the lifespan with diverse populations. Bridgette uses strength-based approaches to enhance emotional regulation and communication. Bridgette is also a certifiedfacilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment for premarital couples.

Bridgette is an advocate for the benefits therapy can provide and has been able to assist in developing self-worth, breaking destructive generational patterns, building communication, learning healthy coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills, and strengthening connection and intimacy.

In her free time, Bridgette enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling with her husband and husky puppy.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA

Barbara A. Hernandez, Ph.D., CSOTP

Family conflict, depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, identity crisis, trauma and problematic sexual behaviors are just a few of the challenges that many individuals experience daily, so you are not alone. I believe that through therapy, everyone has the ability to develop skills to overcome or manage these challenges, and live healthy and fulfilling lives. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I assist clients work through the foundational components that lead to emotional experiences and behaviors which create barriers to their life goals. I believe that each person is unique; as a result, each individual’s treatment is specifically tailored to meet his/her needs. I strive to meet each client where he or she is, with the understanding that each individual is doing the best he/she can at the time with the resources available.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Health Psychology with a Clinical concentration in 2014 and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Virginia State University. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider with over 15 years of experience providing mental health and substance abuse services and 10 years of experience working with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors. Throughout my career, I have worked primarily with adolescents and adults with diverse cultural backgrounds in community, hospital, and correctional settings. In addition to therapy services, I have an extensive background in psychological and psychosexual assessment which are used to identify treatment issues, and inform academic and medical providers. If you have a desire to embrace your authentic self and enhance your quality of life, I am available to assist you. Your personal growth can begin today!

Locations: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

Justin Collmann, Ph.D.

Justin Collmann, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Dr. Collmann specializes in helping people relieve their anxiety and create balanced lives with plenty of time for work, exercise, rest, and relationships. Dr. Collmann provides one-on-one and group consultation on performance for athletes, artists, professionals, and business owners. Dr. Collmann helps his clients improve their performance by addressing the concepts of work habits and organization, training and recovery, and motivation and creativity.

Locations: Virginia

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Genevieve Clarke, RDN, LDN, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of both the American Dietetic Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators. Genevieve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science with a concentration in Human Nutrition at Clemson University. Genevieve completed her dietetic internship through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During her internship Genevieve performed her medical nutrition therapy rotation at Inova Fairfax Hospital and completed specialty training at bariatric surgery centers, weight management programs and sports nutrition sites throughout Northern Virginia. Genevieve also holds the Group Fitness Instructor Certification through the American Council on Exercise and is a practicing group exercise instructor and personal trainer.

Genevieve has a broad range of experience from both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings to physician supervised weight loss programs. As a dietitian, Genevieve takes a balanced approach to nutrition. With extensive experience in nutrition counseling for weight management, cholesterol improvement, diabetes control, high blood pressure, insulin training, binge eating disorder, bariatric surgery, general wellness and various gastrointestinal issues her goal is to make sure every client leaves her office with the knowledge they need to improve their health significantly.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA 

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Mary Nocera is a registered dietitian who completed her internship program at East Carolina University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her internship rotations at Vidant Medical Center, Pitt County Health Department, ECU, and various rural communities. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has 15 years of active experience, 11 of which has been spent doing outpatient counseling. She has 4 years of experience as a clinical dietitian with residential facilities.

Mary is an expert in weight management, bariatric surgery, and supervised weight loss programs. She has worked closely with bariatric surgeons for 9 years to assist patients on their weight loss journey. She also enjoys educating individuals with a variety of diagnosis such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, gastrointestinal disorders, and many more. Mary is extremely motivated and determined to assist individuals meet all their nutritional needs and goals. She is empathetic and takes a realistic approach on how to best meet your needs given your lifestyle. Mary enjoys an active lifestyle that includes regular exercise, healthy eating, the outdoors, and appreciates spending time with family and friends.

Locations: Telehealth only, Licensed in Virginia and North Carolina

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Samantha Adas, MS, RDN, LDN is a registered dietitian who completed her dietetic internship at University of Maryland College Park. During her internship Samantha completed her clinical rotations at Holy Cross Hospital-Silver Spring and Children’s National Medical Center. She has experience working with many different populations and disease states including hyperlipidemia, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Prior to her internship she received her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech. During her schooling Samantha was a nutrition counselor for two years and focused on empowering her clients in a compassionate, non-judgmental manner. Samantha is passionate about helping others work toward their nutrition goals in a sustainable and healthy way.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA. also licensed in Maryland

Melani Dhason

Melani Dhason, RDN, LDN
Melani is a Registered Dietitian with Washington Nutrition & Counseling Group. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. While the bulk of her dietetic internship was done at Loma Linda University Hospital, she also enjoyed her experiences working with clients in a pediatric outpatient diabetes clinic and at an outpatient behavioral health clinic specializing in eating disorders. Her varied professional experiences include working with a wide range of age groups from school aged kids to senior citizens. Melani has spent the last 8 years working with seniors in skilled nursing facilities helping them manage chronic disease and illness such as diabetes, obesity, renal disease, cardiac issues, and more.

Melani has had a passion for food and nutrition for as long as she can remember and enjoys sharing this passion with others. In her spare time she enjoys hosting dinner parties and trips to the dog park with her Miniature Schnauzer, Darcy. Melani is a DMV native and is happy to be working in the community she grew up in. She is currently licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia.

Locations: Telehealth and Alexandria, VA 

Morgan

Morgan Holl, LDN, RDN
My name is Morgan, I’m a Registered Dietitian with a passion for everything related to health and wellness. I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech -Go Hokies! I then went on to do my dietetic internship at Lenoir Rhyne University where the programs specialization was in childhood and adolescent weight management. I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Lenoir Rhyne to combine my love for both nutrition and fitness.

I have experience working in the field of eating disorders and medical nutrition therapy. I also have special interests in weight management and sports nutrition.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Washington Nutrition and Counseling Group to help people achieve their goals!

Locations: Telehealth and Ashburn, VA

Brooke Keenan RDN, LDN

Brooke Keenan, RDN, LDN
Brooke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, licensed in Maryland and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration both earned at the University of Maryland, College Park. Brooke completed her Dietetics Internship at University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore.

She worked at Medstar Washington Hospital Center as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist responsible for a surgical intensive care unit, cardiac surgery floor, and a medical/geriatric floor. She was the designated Heart Transplant Dietitian responsible for assessing patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis both pre and post-transplant. She has also worked at Medstar Montgomery General Hospital as a clinical dietitian following patients in all in patient areas of the hospital.

Brooke has a passion for nutrition and helping her clients reach their nutrition goals in a healthy, well-balanced way. She endeavors to help people establish their own finest version of health and wellbeing using a practical and positive approach

Locations: Telehealth and Bethesda, MD also licensed in Virginia

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