Our Counselors

If you’re looking to schedule an appointment for psychiatry or medication management, please see our providers here.

Amara Toure
Accepting:
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Amara Toure, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Amara Toure is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. He has experience providing care to patients of different populations (adolescents, adults, geriatrics and veterans), in different settings (inpatient, outpatient and homecare), with the goals of restoring, improving and stabilizing patients’ mental health. He completed his Master of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program) at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland school of Nursing. He worked as a psychiatric nurse and a medical surgical nurse at different private and public hospitals, and long-term care facilities, in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. His practice philosophy emanates from his nursing background that emphasize providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to promote mental health and well-being, and he takes pride in delivering the best evidence based psychiatric care that is individualized to the needs of each patient.

Education

Eastern Kentucky University
Master of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner )

Specialties

  •  ADHD/ADD
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder)
  • Psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, brief psychotic disorder)
  • PTSD
Binta Bojang
Accepting:
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Binta Bojang, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Binta Bojang is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 20 years of clinical experience. She specializes in medication management to treat schizophrenia, anxiety, mood disorders, dual diagnosis, and mental health disorders across the spectrum. She will work with your mental healthcare team to collaborate and develop a plan to achieve your goals.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Coppin State University and a Master’s degree from George Washington University in DC. She completed her post-masters certification in Mental and Behavioral Health from the University of Cincinnati.

Education

George Washington University, University of Cincinnati
Master's in Science

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Bolanle Saba
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Bolanle Saba, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care 

Bolanle Saba is a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland and Virginia who has 2 years experience with adults seeking treatment with pain management in addition with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and women's mental health. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pennsylvania State University, second Bachelors of Nursing from George Washington University and her Masters of Nursing in Family Nurse Practitioner from George Washington University as well. Bolanle realized after treating acute and chronic pain that most of her patients with behavioral comorbidities needed more care and collaborative treatment, it is this that inspired her to then receive her Post Master Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Liberty University. 

Bolanle believes in offering a warm, compassionate, holistic and collaborative approach to treatment and therapy. She utilizes her experience, knowledge and evidenced based practice to create a treatment plan that best meets the needs of every unique individual. Bolanle believes that each individual knows themselves best and in order to be a great provider one must first be a great listener. 

Bolanle seeks to establish a genuine and meaningful relationship with you in order to assist in helping you live a quality lifestyle. Bolanle believes that if you look good, you will feel good and in return you will do good to others. All of this starts with your mental health and trickles down to your emotional and physical well being. 

Education

George Washington University & Liberty University
Master's of Nursing

Specialties

  • Pain Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Women’s mental health
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Dementia
Ebun Akinyemi
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Ebun Akinyemi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Ebun Akinyemi is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Maryland with seven years’ experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges; first, as a nurse, and now as a psych nurse practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and has a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University, specializing in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Ebun collaborates with clients to ensure individualized care for clients with mental health challenges. She utilizes evidence-based practice to assess, diagnose, and treat clients.

Ebun seeks to create a caring partnership with clients, ensuring that the client has the support they need through their journey to wellness.

Education

Walden University
MSN

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Michael Bartlinski
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Eugene Michael Bartlinski, LCSW-C, LCADC

Philosophy of Care

I began my counseling career in 1993 after working as a probation officer in the state of Maryland for several years. I've worked for and managed different outpatient addiction/mental health treatment programs. I am a Licensed Certified Addictions Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. I also taught in the addictions program at Anne Arundel Community College from 2002 to 2018, and served on the program’s advisory board.In my former positions, I have seen how substance misuse and mental health issues affect people and their loved ones. When working with clients, I draw on a variety of theoretical techniques that in my clinical opinion will best serve my clients at that particular time.

Education

University of Maryland School of Social Work
MSW

Specialties

  • Couples and Relationship Counseling
  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders (PTSD)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Anger Management
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Depression Counseling
Francine Kamhoua
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Francine Kamhoua, CRNP-PMH

Philosophy of Care

Imagine feeling anxious, stressed, and not knowing where to get help. You require someone who cares by your side. Our goal is to build a lifelong-lasting relationship with each patient through mutual trust and respect.

Francine Kamhoua is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who practices in Bethesda, MD. She has over seven years of nursing experience. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Keuka College and completed her Master's degree in Nursing from Walden University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Francine Kamhoua provides a unique, compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centered, and holistic approach to care. She specializes in assessing, diagnosing, and treating multiple mental and psychiatric disorders. Her overall goal is for each person to attain his/her optimum well-being and long-term happiness. She also speaks ​French​.

If you are struggling emotionally, do not hesitate to contact her to book an appointment in person or via tele-health.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

● Anxiety
● Depression
● Medication Management

Francis Oduah
Accepting:
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Francis Oduah, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Francis Oduah MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides comprehensive client-focused mental health care to individuals and their families. He has managed several psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. He completed his Master of Science in Nursing at Concordia University Wisconsin and received his Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Washburn University.

Francis utilizes reflective practice and therapeutic use of self as a core to his practice. He is committed to building and establishing a therapeutic relationship with you, identifying your mental health concerns and providing appropriate treatment. Furthermore, Francis performs client assessment, develops treatment plans and provides recommendations to community resources when appropriate.

Francis seeks to ensure you achieve health and wellness by identifying your psychiatric disorder and focuses on treatment that meets your mental health care needs – allowing you to live a meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Washburn University
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder and Other Mood Disorders
  • Postpartum depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • social Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
Joyce Shephard
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Joyce Shephard, LCPC

Philosophy of Care

Joyce is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, and a Licensed Professional Counseling in Texas. She has over 20 years of experience counseling adolescents, adults and seniors dealing with mood disorders, recovery from abuse (physical, emotional/verbal, spiritual), guilt, grief/loss, and pain inflicted by others. She has also worked with clients coping with chemical dependency, codependency, women’s issues, life transitions and relationships. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a family systems emphasis. She also obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University with a Masters in Psychology and a Minor in Bible.

Joyce also has experience in helping clients and/or their loved ones live their best lives while dealing with Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury/Stroke, or chronic illness/pain/disability. For those who are seeking a Christian/spiritual dimension, Joyce is able to bring a wealth of training and experience specifically applying Christian/Biblical principles to client’s stated needs and goals.

Joyce focuses on meeting people where they are, building a warm, trusting therapeutic relationship, and focusing on their goals in a practical, down to earth manner as they work together. Her approach includes CBT, positive, strength-based, and solution-focused approaches. If you are or would like to be on such a journey, Joyce would love to work with you!

Education

Texas Woman's University
Master's in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Recovery from Abuse (Physical, Emotional/Verbal, & Spiritual)
  • Grief/Loss
  • Guilt / Forgiveness
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Life Transitions
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Chronic Pain/Illness/Disability
  • Christian / Faith-based Counseling
Kira Gillin
Accepting:
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $89

Kira Gillin, Resident in Counseling

**Kira offers therapy services in English

Philosophy of Care

Kira Gillin is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Maryland who has 3 years experience partnering with youth and adolescents seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, stress management, and self-esteem. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Salisbury University and received her Master of Social Work from Salisbury University. Kira utilizes relational, collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple.

Kira seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education 

Salisbury University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Youth substance use
  • Anger management
  • Social Skills
Maureen Tabansi
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Maureen Tabansi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Maureen Tabansi is a licensed Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has over 13 years experience as a nurse; she is a caring, people oriented, optimistic, empathetic and enthusiastic person. She completed her Masters in Science from Walden University and graduated as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2019. Since her graduation, she has worked as a clinician in both outpatient and inpatient facilities to provide care to both adults and children seeking help with Bipolar, anxiety, depression and adjustment issues.

Maureen employs a non-judgmental innovation in problem solving, she possess good communication skills, she has great stamina, acquires a good sense of humor, and her commitment to client advocacy makes her strive to take her clients to their highest functional level.

Maureen uses her critical thinking skills acquired through her years of education and training to build a caring environment and relationship which her clients in other to map out an individualized treatment plan in collaboration with the client to achieve a desired common goal.

Education

Maryland
Masters Degree

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Adjustment issues
  • Conduct issues
  • Personality issues
  • ADHD
Nadine Kakanou
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Nadine Kakanou, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

A psychiatry nurse practitioner is tasked with evaluating a patient’s mental health status by assessing their relevant medical background, conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying potential issues that might negatively impact a patient's mental health. The primary concern of individuals suffering from mental health problems is accessing mental health care professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care and offer preventive strategies. Although psychiatry nurse practitioners receive intense training to meet mental health patients' needs, their roles are poorly understood because regulatory barriers have limited the entire scope of the practice. Therefore, this paper will explore their philosophy of Care.

Due to the complexity of human beings in understanding their lives and illness experience, PNP requires the ability to access situations from different perspectives, not only through a psychological lens but also from a biological and development view, while recognizing the perspective of stakeholder affected. Besides, Mental health disorder affects the ability to communicate experiences, and its symptoms may not conform to conventional diagnostic criteria. Therefore, PNP needs to have a high tolerance of uncertainties and a willingness to frequently re-evaluate assessments upon discovering new information.

In addition to diagnosing and treating disease, PNP natures resilience, and growth capacity because of psychiatry disorder on patients' growth and development abilities. The existing healthcare system may fail to address the complexity of problems suffered by patients completely. Consequently, PNP needs to effectively advocate for patients to acquire all the services needed to meet their mental health needs. They also need to push for the development of more effective services.

In conclusion, psychiatry nurse practitioners are well prepared and equipped to provide independent and effective psychiatric care and treatment to effectively meet the needs of mental health patients.

Education

Walden University
PMHNP

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Rosa Joppy
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Rosa Joppy, LCSW-C

Hope starts here. Even in the most challenging of times, where progress seems furthest out of our reach, there are seeds of positivity. Sometimes they're masked as obstacles, yes, but you have all the makings of someone capable of creating your best possible life. 

Together we will work through the challenges you bring to the table. Your strengths will come to the forefront. We can honor things that have happened either way back in the past or as recently as yesterday and healthily release them to clear your path, getting you one giant step closer to the peace and stability you deserve. 

As a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker, not only do I have the expertise to assist you in your journey, I also have access to resources to tailor services to your specific needs. My approach is personalized to fit your vision this experience. With a strengths-based lens, we will use a positive outlook to determine what best works for you. We all know life gets busy. My weekend availability gives you flexibility outside rush of the work week. Let's connect and explore the ways we can work together. 

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” Roy T. Bennett

Rosa specializes in the areas of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Women's issues
  • Ethnic-Cultural issues
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
Tolulope Lawson-John
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Magellan
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $50: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Tolulope Lawson-John, PMHNP, CRNP

Philosophy of Care

Tolulope Lawson-John is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating various mental health conditions not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Psychoses, and Substance abuse disorders. She has over ten years of clinical experience working in diverse clinical practice and settings (including hospital, long term care, primary practice and Corrections) which have tutored her to be empathetic and compassionate while still providing evidence-based practice in treating patients.

Tolulope believes in removing the stigma from mental illness, thereby making treatment and recovery possible. She is proficient in conducting thorough psychiatric evaluation and evidence-based medication management. She believes in holistic, patient-centered approach to psychiatry, with individual touch.

Tolulope obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN, FNP) from Coppin State University. She completed her Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Washburn University. Besides English, she speaks Yoruba fluently.

Education

Specialties

  • Ages 18+
  • Medication Management
Victorine Ngang
Accepting:
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Victorine Ngang, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Victorine (Vicky) Ngang is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialized in treating patients with mental illnesses in Washington DC and Maryland. She is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She completed her undergraduate degree from American Sentinel University and pursued her Master degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. After working as a registered nurse in several settings, she decided to further her education with specialty in mental health. Her inspiration was driven from the stigma associated with mental health illnesses in the communities. She is a community advocate of mental illness and her grit is to bridge the gap between physical and mental health as well as reduce the stigma about mental health

Victorine (Vicky) is proficient in her role to intervene with vulnerable populations and promote mental health across the lifespan. Her scope of practice include: being an active listener, collaborating and coordinating care, performing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, obtaining labs and interpreting results as well as prescribing psychotropic medications that are Evidence Base for diagnosis.

Victorine is goal directed towards partnering with you to uncover your unique strengths. She is focus on providing empathic, compassionate, respectable, and acceptable care through assessment, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating.

Education

Walden University
Masters

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder/Attention deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychiatric medication review
  • And many more
Quintin Talley
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Carefirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Quintin Talley, LCPC

Philosophy of Care

Quintin Talley is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of VA (he accepts self pay in VA). Quintin has nearly 10 years of experience working with adults (18 - 90) and children (5-17), in a number of therapeutic settings. Quintin has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. He has helped clients to work through issues related to anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, school problems, career/job stress, communication problems in marriages and relationships, trauma, and other behavioral concerns. Quintin has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. 

Quintin uses CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) based, person centered, mindfulness, solution focused, play therapy, and family systems interventions to help his clients meet their therapeutic goals. Quintin also provides coaching and counseling to couples and marriages having difficulty with communication and other relationship stressors. 

Quintin is very warm and approachable, yet intuitive. He understands that change can be difficult, and structuring a therapy plan that is both realistic and challenging is the key to making lasting change. Quintin understands that every individual is unique, and needs a customized approach in order to become the best versions of themselves.

Education

Towson University
Master's in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Marriage/Relationship issues 
  • Social Interaction 
  • Men’s issues 
  • Family dynamics 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Children (5-17) 
  • Grief and loss 
  • Life Transitions

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