Meet Our Counseling Staff

Mwende Mualuko, Psychologist, Ph.D

Mwende Mualuko is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I developed my specialty in treating emotional trauma over the course of 5 years by working with PTSD field experts at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. I offer gold-standard PTSD interventions endorsed by the National Center for PTSD and American Psychological Association: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). I consider this work the foundation for all of my practice and attribute the skills I’ve accumulated to my success in helping those who struggle with major mood disorders and crisis.

I also have a special interest in working with individuals seeking cultural-emotional development and support with faith transitions. I enjoy working with Mormon communities in particular as a result of living and working in the Salt Lake City/Provo areas. I value evidence based therapies that are demonstrated to improve mental heath. I offer multicultural and interfaith therapy services that promote personal growth and overall well-being.


Dr. Anne Cornell, LPC

Dr. Anne Cornell is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty-five years’ experience providing a variety of services to children, youth, and families. Dr. Cornell has worked with several behavioral health and child welfare agencies in several states. Dr. Cornell is an advocate of wraparound services and family reunification services. Dr. Cornell has provided training and workshops across the country. She is available for individual and family work across the life span.

Specialty Areas:

  • Behavior Management
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Survivor Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Developmental Stages
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management

Juliet Kwarteng, LCSW

Juliet graduated from Norfolk State University with a Master’s in Social Work and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Juliet is passionate about working with clients facing practical and emotional problems.

Juliet has experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health illness, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Juliet also has experience working with children who have experienced trauma, grief/loss, and other issues related to child abuse.

Juliet utilizes eclectic theoretical approaches to include person-centered therapy, crisis intervention, task-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution focused brief therapy. She provides individual, group, and family counseling.

In her free time, Juliet enjoys spending time with her two nieces, traveling abroad, and learning new things.


Ihsan Warren, LCSW

Ihsan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience providing counseling to adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples, in both private practice and in substance abuse programs. He specializes in working with individuals and families dealing with addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.

Ihsan has specialized training in family therapy and crisis intervention. He enjoys working with all types of personalities and will work collaboratively with you to help you solve challenging problems and overcome stressful family situations.

Ihsan approaches problems from a Strength-Based perspective. He will help you identify your unique capabilities and strengths and help you work with your strengths as a starting point for change. He will empower and motivate you to find your own solution. He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral and Client-centered techniques to help you achieve your goals.


Shannon Oesch, LCSW

When you are experiencing trauma or stress, you might feel like your life is unraveling. It is my passion to help you get through that trauma/stress and come out the other side feeling empowered and energized. Tools I might use to do that are Person-Centered, Trauma Informed Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Motivational Interviewing to explore the details of what brings you to therapy.

I began my counseling career working at the Salvation Army Detox facility in Honolulu, Hawaii for a period of 5 years. I also worked in Dual Diagnosis Treatment Facilities and in Mental Health Case Management. I opened my Private Practice in 2012, and for the last 5 years has been helping my patients work on a variety of issues, specializing in trauma, domestic violence, depression and anxiety. I have been a trainer for other therapists for several years and has also served as an expert witness in court cases. My primary areas of treatment include :

  • Domestic Violence
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Depression
  • Substance Use
  • Anxiety
  • Women’s issues
  • LGBT related issues
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Stress Management

My formal education was at the University of Missouri for my B.S.W. and Hawaii Pacific University for my Master’s of Social Work. I am clinically licensed in the State of Virginia.

For self-care, I enjoy going to the gym, dog park and spending time with family, friends and neighbors.


Jackie Poper

Jackie Poper, CLC

I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. Afterwards, I did my internship at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly hills, as well as Private Practice. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in the states of California and Virginia.

I work primarily on relational therapy with both couples and relationship help for one. I help people to recognize how early relational patterns are affecting their current relations and how to gain insight in order to create the relationships they want.

In addition, I ran a bereavement group for two years, which turned into a specialty in grief counseling, which includes anything that a person experiences as a loss. It is not limited to bereavement and can include loss of a job, relationship, home, etc.

I am also a certified life coach and my main specialty in this area is weight loss coaching. I help people to understand the psychological piece that plays a part in weight loss so that they can take a more holistic approach.


Lisa Cornelius, LCSW

My core belief: Healing and balance are not only possible, but are the result of counseling that respects every unique human experience while embarking on an introspective journey to uncover the unlimited potential and strengths of each person. While identifying together patterns of behavior that hinder balance, a new freedom and contentment is achieved.

I am passionate about providing a trusting therapeutic environment in which my clients will feel supported and confident in being who they are and expressing their innermost thoughts and emotion. I have been privileged to work with individuals from numerous ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, addressing mental health concerns that are specific to each person’s life experience and interaction with the outside world. As a result, my cultural competency and an open-minded approach are central to my work as a therapist. My substantial experience working with the LGBTQ community, particularly with youth in the transitional process of sexuality, coming out and gender identity, has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the interconnection of culture, religion and sexuality with environmental factors which informs one’s internal dialogue. As a therapist, my ultimate goal is to consistently provide a non-judgmental, open, and supportive therapeutic space in which each client can feel comfortable, safe and empowered as we embark on a journey together to facilitate a shift toward healing, growth and overall inner peace.

Specific Areas of interests include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Concerns/Co -Dependency/Communication issues
  • LGBTQ Individuals/Couples/Family
  • Women's Issues
  • Self Esteem Concerns
  • Anger management/Behavior Modification
  • Life Coaching/Empowerment
  • Addressing Stress/Life Balance

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