Counselors and Coaches

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Canicia Anyiatem
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Canicia Anyiatem, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Canicia Anyiatem is a licensed professional psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Maryland, who specialized in treating mental health issues and Alcohol drug problems for adolescents and adults in providing medication management such as assessing and presenting medication options for mental health issues. Also provides prescriptions of psychoactive medications, medication refills and side effects monitoring.

Canicia provides comprehensive initial assessment and evaluation to explore and understand individual patient’s mental health needs in order to determine a better plan and ways to recovery. Canicia completed her Bachelor of arts in nursing from Bowie state University Maryland and received her Master’s in nursing from Walden University.

Canicia works in collaboration with patients, patients’ families, coworkers, friends, physicians, therapists in order to provide the best comprehensive care and integrated treatment for her patients

Education

Walden University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety/stress/panic/phobias
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Medication management
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma stress related disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood disorders/bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorder
Carol Jones-Pinckney
Self Pay Rate: $99

Carol Jones-Pinckney, LCPC

Philosophy of Care

Carol Jones-Pinckney is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor in the state of Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience in the human services field working with various nonprofits but for the last 8 years provided therapy for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.

Carol applies a nonjudgmental, caring, strength-based, and integrative approach to therapy. Individualized assessments and treatment plans are key to achieving client goals. Carol maintains that collaboration, trust, and building a partnership are key ingredients to navigate through life’s struggles presented in therapy. Success is measured by how the client’s perception of the therapeutic process and engagement in sessions that work to achieve healthy and successful outcomes.

Therapeutic modalities utilized in therapy include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, person-centered, couples therapy, and integrative interventions. The goal is to provide a caring and supportive environment for clients to feel comfortable sharing.

Carol recognizes that clients often feel vulnerable and reluctant to begin counseling. Her approach is very warm and inviting acknowledging that this was a big step but the right decision to share emotions and feelings with someone new. Therapy is at the client’s pace and being mindful of the support each client needs.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Science in Human Services with Specialization in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • ADHD
  • Family Conflict
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Trauma
  • Adolescent Development
  • Stress Management
  • LGBTQ
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Grief
Ebonique McClinnahan
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Ebonique McClinnahan, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings. Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.

Ebonique completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Fayetteville State University, her Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) at Grand Canyon University, and her PMHNP at Rush University. She is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer. Ebonique has a strong belief in treating the patient holistically and helping clients find their true inner purpose within.

Education

Grand Canyon University
Master’s of Science in Nursing Education

Specialties 

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Addiction
  • Crisis management
  • Sexual abuse
Gillian McCusker
Self Pay Rate: $99

Gillian McCusker, LCSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Gillian McCusker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years in hospice and oncology care, specializing in guiding clients through the journey of grief and loss. Gillian has experience working with adults at all stages of life and can provide support with life transitions, navigating relationships, as well as anxiety and depression. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Gillian enjoys helping clients access their resiliency through cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, mindfulness, and systems approaches. She has an affinity for resource linkage, matching clients with programs or services for further aid. She offers gentle, thoughtful, and creative perspectives for the spectrum of everyday challenges to major events.

Gillian hopes to build a trusting relationship with you that allows you to grow, heal, and regain balance to enjoy a full and meaningful life.

Education

University of Maryland Baltimore
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Women's Issues
  • Life/Role Transitions
  • Stress Management
Kaitlin Carlson
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kaitlin Carlson, LCSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Kaitlin is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCCSW) in the state of Maryland with over 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various treatment settings. She focuses on treating those who are experiencing negative effects as a result of anger issues, anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD, children's issues, self-harm behaviors, and more.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Hood College; and received her Master’s of Social Work Degree with a specialization in children and families, through the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Kaitlin has had the opportunity to help clients manage anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, family and relationship conflicts during different phases of life. She has also worked with adults and juveniles in the legal system while detained and preparing for re-entry into the community.

Kaitlin uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach while drawing on various treatment models including, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solutions-focused therapy (SFT), mindfulness-based and systems theory methods. Kaitlin strives to create a calm, safe, therapeutic environment for each client while working together to help clients achieve their goals. She is an active listener providing encouragement, empathy, and compassion to all of her clients. Kaitlin also challenges clients to push themselves out of their comfort zones to encourage growth and guidance in their life’s journey.

Education

University of Maryland- Baltimore
Master's of Social Work

Specialties 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional and Conduct Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent therapy
  • Behavior management
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Karen Osborne
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Karen Osborne, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Karen Osborne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland to provide mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. She has thirty years of diverse clinical expertise in the profession of nursing.

Her scope of practice encompasses psychopharmacological assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a collaborative, patient-centered practice philosophy that is flexible, caring, and individualized to meet patients where they are in their journey for mental wellness. In addition to her board certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she also has a Master of Science degree in Nursing Leadership.

Karen specializes in providing medication management and psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan for many psychiatric disorders. Areas of expertise include mood disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and behavioral disturbances in children and adolescents.

Education

Drexel University
Post Master’s Certification Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Wilmington University
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership

Specialties

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral disturbances in children and adolescents
  • Depression
  • Mood disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Social anxiety
Kendall Douville
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kendall Douville, LCSW-C

Philosophy of Care

Kendall Douville is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the health care setting, helping clients navigate the emotional and psychosocial challenges of various medical events. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, and mindfulness. With a strengths-based perspective, Kendall has also served clients and their loved ones as they address and cope with age-related transitions.

Kendall received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She uses an integrative approach, drawing on various models of therapy including cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and systems theory. She prioritizes clients’ goals and wellness above all and understands the perspective needed to support each client’s individuality.

Kendall works to create a positive, authentic rapport in the therapeutic relationship and bring you to the place you want to be in your life. Every client has an active role in his or her journey, and Kendall strives to bring a creative, reassuring, and dynamic energy to help guide the way.

Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Stress management
  • Adjustment Disorders and life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
Mercy Awokunle
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Mercy Awokunle, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Mercy Awokunle is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with more than 2 years of experience and dedication in providing compassionate and patient-centered care. She's licensed in the state of Maryland and has an extensive background in the healthcare field, helping clients struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment issues, and ADHD.

Mercy completed her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Bowie State University in 2009, and received her Master's degree in Nursing from Walden University, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy is guided in her practice by the core values of integrity, trust, transparency, professionalism, and service.

She understands the importance of attentive listening and believes that the provision of quality and therapeutic care is essential to improve each individual's quality of life. Mercy seeks to establish a courteous and trusting relationship with you and work with you to help achieve your goals.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • OCD
Nadine Kakanou
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Nadine Kakanou, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Nadine Kakanou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who has 5 years of experience in the mental health field. Nadine completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Walden University. A PMHNP 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 PMHNPs 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.

Due to the complexity of human beings in understanding their lives and illness experience, a PMHNP 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 stakeholders affected. Besides, mental health disorders affect the ability to communicate experiences, and their symptoms may not conform to conventional diagnostic criteria. PMHNPs need 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, PMHNPs nurture resilience and growth capacity because of the impact of psychiatric disorders on patients' growth and development abilities. The existing healthcare system may fail to address the complexity of problems suffered by patients completely. Consequently, PMHNPs need 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, PMHNPs 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
Seth Owusu-Kwarteng
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Seth Owusu-Kwarteng, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Seth Owusu-Kwarteng is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a strong passion for patient and family-centered care. Although he came from a family of teachers, Seth always aspired to be a medical provider. He obtained his first bachelor’s degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana). After he completed his internship, he worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist for four years, supervising clinical laboratory services and teaching laboratory technician students. He also established a microbiology unit that allowed effective diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in a rural hospital in Ghana. Seth’s strong passion for improving health outcomes through direct patient care motivated him to seek a career in nursing after he migrated to the United States. For several years now, Seth has had the opportunity to treat patients with wide-ranging acuity in various settings such as the surgical and trauma, general medicine, oncology, emergency, and psychiatric units.

Seth completed his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at George Washington University, where he received the Clinical Excellence for Psychiatric Mental Health Award and the Sigma Theta Tau Award. He has worked as a nurse for over seven years at a level 1 trauma hospital in Washington, DC, providing care for vulnerable patients with various diseases, including patients with mental health issues. While working as a nurse, Seth not only focused on his patients, he also supported family members of patients with mental health disorders. Through this work, he developed a strong sense of compassion to provide quality, individualized, and holistic care for individuals and families with mental health challenges. Being aware of the increased need for mental health practitioners in the country, Seth felt the calling to help combat mental health crises. This motivated him to pursue a degree as a PMHNP.

Seth’s holistic approach to providing care for his patients is built on three key principles, which are compassion, quality, and empathy. He is a great listener and very understanding, with genuine concern for his patients. He also believes that patients and their families are key members of the treatment team and that their involvement in decision-making and health therapy is vital to the overall outcome of the patient. He is delighted to provide education, resources, and treatments needed to improve the quality of lives for his patients.

Education

George Washington University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
Shakeria Hall-McGronan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Shakeria Hall-McGronan, LCSW-C, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Shakeria Hall-McGronan is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has experience working with adolescents, teens, and adults in various treatment settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Shakeria completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Alabama.

Shakeria’s goal is to provide holistic therapy to support your strengths and goals, empower you, help you improve relationships, allow you to explore your mind, and promote healing. She uses a practical and client-centered approach that utilizes treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and relational therapy.

You will find that Shakeria is compassionate, nonjudgmental, patient, and understanding. She strives to provide a safe space to help those in need on mental, emotional, and social levels. Shakeria believes there are always opportunities for growth and learning. You may experience challenges in life that may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, depressed, and/or hopeless. Let Shakeria help you navigate through your challenges!

Education

The University of Alabama
Master’s of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Mood Disorders
  • LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Adolescent/Teen and Adult Therapy
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Shelia Lipscomb
Self Pay Rate: $99

Shelia Lipscomb, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Shelia Lipscomb is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) who has more than 2 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors who are suffering the effects of anxiety, anger, depression, ADHD, chronic stress, relationship issues, family conflict, academic issues, behavioral disorders, and more.

Shelia completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology (Adlerian) from Bowie State University and utilizes a holistic and collaborative approach to counseling, including modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), reality therapy, person-centered and existential approaches.

Shelia has the innate ability to make people feel comfortable and welcoming and offers an opportunity to help bring change and balance into your life. She will assist individuals to find their potential while exploring meaningful ways to help solve problems.

Education

Bowie State University
Master's in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationship concerns
  • Stress Management
  • Grief and Loss
SusanaLynn Nwosu
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Susana Lynn Nwosu, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Susana Nwosu is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in treatment-resistant mental illness in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Nwosu has worked in the mental health field for 7 years, managing complex and chronic illnesses. She understands the importance of building strong relationships with clients and creating a supportive environment to heal.

Dr. Nwosu completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Maryville University, graduating with the highest honors. She completed her doctoral studies on improving healthcare providers' cultural competency when caring for people from different backgrounds. Dr. Nwosu proudly serves the LQBTQIA+ community.

Dr. Nwosu is committed to being a compassionate, caring, and diligent provider who understands the importance of communication and of each individual's unique needs. She provides a holistic approach to comprehensive care, caring for the whole person, mind, and body.

Education

Maryville University
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma & PTSD
Duarte Aguiar
Self Pay Rate: $99

Duarte Aguiar, LCPC

Philosophy of Care

Duarte Aguiar is licensed in the state of Maryland as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). He is a graduate of Loyola University with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Duarte has 5 years’ experience providing therapy in Maryland to a diverse client-base in a variety of clinical settings including school-based (adolescent and adult), substance abuse/recovery clinic, marriage and family, individual, groups, and psychoeducation. Duarte specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Approach, and Pastoral Counseling to treat various diagnoses. 

Duarte’s philosophy of care as a spiritually oriented therapist consists of a holistic perspective of the person(s) present in therapy. Inspired and informed by the person-centered approach, Duarte believes in the value of being present in a non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship while helping to challenge the client(s) to live up to THEIR own expectations. With that said, Duarte believes in bringing the client’s own beliefs, aspirations, and values to the forefront and using those unique aspects of the client’s virtues to guide the development of a trusting and open therapeutic atmosphere. 

Duarte is committed to providing a safe space where the client can feel heard, accepted, encouraged and even challenged. 

Education

Loyola University Maryland
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD 
  • Grief/loss
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Substance use/abuse/recovery
  • Anger and stress management
  • Oppositional and conduct disorders
  • Marriage and family issues
  • Catholic Counseling
Paul McClellan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Paul McClellan, LCSW-C

Paul McClellan, LCSW-C completed his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago in 2015, and he has over 4 years of clinical experience in one on one counseling, family work, and group therapy. His primary focus is providing honest and authentic communication with clients, and being a resource for active listening and problem solving. He enjoys working with adults, children, and families.

Paul uses an eclectic blend of therapy styles, including Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education to individuals ages eight and up into adulthood. Paul uses a holistic approach, exploring with and educating clients about how mind, spirit, and body are interconnected. His theory is that a person-centered, nonjudgmental approach best serves the client and that together, a client can explore and experience positive change.

Paul serves children, adolescents, adults, and families in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Teen Issues; Peer Pressure, Self Esteem
  • Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems
  • Self-Harm Behavior
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Anger and Stress Management
Sharlene Sylvester
Self Pay Rate: $99

Sharlene Sylvester, LCSW-C, PsyD Candidate

** Sharlene offers online counseling

Sharlene Sylvester is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed her Master of Social Work graduate studies at The University of Maryland where she concentrated on mental health and minored in psychological services. Sharlene graduated summa cum laude.

Sharlene is a lifetime member of Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Mu and Theta Rho. Psychology, social science and social work honors societies. Sharlene is also a candidate for her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Sharlene is currently the Assistant Director/Program Manager for a large state and federally funded organization.  Sharlene has been volunteering for United Way and 211 to provide crisis response for COVID-19 concerns.

Sharlene is culturally competent and has experience in individual, group, couples and families counseling serving clients ages 5 and up. Sharlene also has expertise working with the geriatric, substance abuse and court ordered populations.

Areas of clinical passion for Sharlene  include:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • LGBTQ
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Transgender
  • Daily life stressors
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Women's issues
  • Life/role transitions
  • Cultural issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Workplace injury
  • Relationship concerns
  • Family of origin concerns
  • Rape, incest  and molestation
  • Work place and school violence
  • PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)

Sharlene has experience conducting therapy with adult learners on all scholastic levels.

Sharlene is also experienced in the following:

  • Caregiver role for ill or aging family members
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • PTSD
  • Trauma

Sharlene’s most favored approaches to therapy include CBT, strength based, solution focused and person-centered all while meeting her clients where they are. She believes that therapy requires vulnerability and courage and works to create a safe and affirming space for that work to occur.

She works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral framework through Interpersonal, mindfulness and Feminist theory lenses but she is flexible and adjusts her approach to meet the needs of her clients. Sharlene believes that an individuals thoughts about their situation are generally influenced by societal and interpersonal communication which helps to form the cognitive framework.

When Sharlene isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, cooking, finding new things to do, reading, and researching. Sharlene values your time, dedication and commitment to therapy and she looks forward to providing a safe haven for partnership with you to assist you with achieving your therapeutic goals.

Eric Yenchi
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Eric Yenchi, NP

My name is Eric Kowshoh Yenchi, I was born in Cameroon central Africa, I grew up in a small village in the North West region of Cameroon known as Babungo. Growing up in Cameroon, life was very tough, especially when it came to health care .There was just 1 health center in my village which was staffed with 1 nurse and a medical doctor who visited once every two months. This meant people who were very sick and could not wait till the arrival of the medical doctor had to drive for about 5 hours to the closest hospital in the town of Kumbo to get health care. This meant that many people who made the journey died due to bad roads, and sometimes the long waits that it took to see a medical doctor at the hospital.

The poor state of the health sector in my native country cost the lives of many of my family members, resulting in my resolve to become a medical professional so I could one day change the situation and help my community. With this in mind when I arrived the United States in 2006, I decided to study nursing. After graduating with my BSN in 2010, I decided to start my nursing career in a long term care facility taking care of geriatric patients with various illnesses confined to a nursing home. In January 2011, I visited my native country Cameroon for the first time, volunteered at the only clinic that was in my village. This time around they had more staff (4 nurses, and 1 medical doctor), which made my experience less tedious than I had anticipated. However, during this visit, I noticed that many of the people that were coming into the clinic with a mental illness were being turned away to traditional healers as the clinic did not have any experience dealing with mental illness.

With my observation, I decided to do a little research about mental health in Cameroon .What I found was not only shocking but was also very scary. I found out there were only two government hospitals in the country providing mental health services to 22 million people. Cameroon has 0.03 psychiatrists per 100, 000 of the population, and 0.2 psychiatric nurses per 100,000 of the population (psychology in Africa, 2013).Initiatives by private organizations in recent years have seen the creation of Mental Health hospital in Kumbo and BIMEHC, a mental health clinic in my village of Babungo.

With the acute shortage of these facilities and personnel, my focus changed. I realized there was not only a need for personnel but leadership to transform the mental health sector and sensitize the population about mental illness, as many attribute mental illness to witchcraft and spiritual curses. With this in mind, in 2011 I became a psychiatric nurse, enrolled and earned an MSN in Nursing Leadership in 2013.In 2015 I went to Cameroon, this time around I volunteered at Babungo Integrated Mental Health Care (BIMEHC) as a psychiatric nurse. During this service the main problem was the lack of a qualified practitioner for mental health. There was 1 psychiatrist coming from the capital every 6 months to meet with patients and prescribe medications for them. This acute shortage of mental health practitioners, has led me to believe that I can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from a mental illness by becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Since becoming a psychiatric nurse , I have had various positions in the Mental health filed , from Charge nurse to , supervisor , and to Director of various mental health clinics in the Washington DC area .In November 2019  I passed my Boards to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  and I am loving every minute of it .My short term goal is to continue providing services to those in need in and around my community , while my long term goal will be to someday own my own practice.

Sandra Anderson
Self Pay Rate: $99

Sandra Anderson, LICSW

Sandra is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

For the last decade, she has been advocating for individuals and families struggling with mental health concerns. She has provided therapeutic services to a diverse array of individuals of all ages, primarily focused on childhood trauma. Through her work, she is committed to helping people overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, and other similar stressors that affect all of us at some time in our lives.

Sandra believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and she cooperatively assists her clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, she draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist, she is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. She considers herself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. She strongly believes that change can happen in one's life at any point if one is willing and able. Her goal is to provide a safe space for clients to feel accepted, understood, and valued. Sandra looks forward to starting this journey with you.

Tori-Lyn Mills
Self Pay Rate: $99

Tori-Lyn Mills, LCPC

Tori Mills is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over 20 years of experience in mental health. She works as a clinical therapist providing a variety of mental health services to adolescents, adults, and couples, and she specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, parenting issues, codependency, and self-esteem. Tori partners with clients to increase self-awareness, cultivate empowerment, encourage positive change, and most importantly to work toward achieving the goals that clients set forth for themselves.

Tori has a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Coppin State University.  Some of her experience includes Needs Assessment, School Therapy, Partial Hospitalization, and Care Coordination. She has also completed the Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. The framework of Tori's approach is developed from cognitive behavioral therapy and infused with components of rational emotive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. She is experienced with diverse cultures and populations in a wide variety of life situations, which includes experience working with individuals with dual diagnosis and dual sensory impairments.

Have you been in search of discovering the "new you" where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being? Ever been frustrated trying to find the right person to talk to without feeling rushed or judged? Tori's goal is to provide a safe, calm, and compassionate space for you to uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. "Hi, my name is Tori Mills, LCPC and I invite you to book an appointment with me to begin your journey of self-discovery," she says. "During our initial meeting, we will identify your personal needs and goals so that I can be your GPS as we work together to explore different routes to your own self-empowerment and personal growth."

Her specialties include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Individual Therapy 
  • Family Therapy 
  • Depression & Anxiety 
  • Grief & Loss 
  • Parenting Issues 
  • Codependency 
  • Self-Esteem / Awareness 

Tori has a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Coppin State University. 

Caitlyn Flores
Self Pay Rate: $99

Caitlyn Flores, LCPC

Caitlyn Flores is an experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland, with special interest and experience in working with those who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic mental illness, and substance use disorders.

Over the last several years, Caitlyn has found herself in both large community mental health care and smaller group practice. Working from a person-centered and client-driven therapy approach, she utilizes various treatment modalities to assist individuals in becoming the best versions of themselves while learning how to manage their unique symptoms and moving towards their personal values and goals.

Caitlyn works diligently to provide a safe and comfortable space for diverse client abilities, experiences, and needs.

Anna Altieri
Self Pay Rate: $99

Anna Altieri, LCPC

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and have recently become a credentialed Board Approved Supervisor.

For the last several years, I have been advocating for and with people struggling with mental health concerns. As a strength based, person-centered clinician, meeting an individual’s needs in crisis, mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, and other similar stressors, I am well prepared to work side-by-side with my clients and help guide them through the often confusing processes leading toward success.

I have provided therapeutic services to a diverse array of individuals of all ages (6-65), providing individual therapy, family therapy, and couples counseling. Some of my areas of practice include mood disturbances, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment disorders, and relationship conflicts. I use a variety of clinical modalities so that treatment is tailored specifically for the individual that I am serving.

I strongly believe that change can happen in one's life at any point if they are willing and able. Engaging with them where they are at is the very first step. My goal is to provide a safe space for clients to feel accepted, understood, and heard so that that work can be done. I look forward to starting this journey with you.

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Location details

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located inside the The Shoppes at Wilde Lake shopping center, between Twin Rivers Road and Cross Fox Lane. Adjacent to the shopping center, you will find Vista Wilde Lake Apartments. Parking is available in front of the main entrance.

Phone number (410) 910-2708
Ratings
★★★★★ 5.00 (1 reviews)
Address 5410 Lynx Ln Suite 285,
Columbia, MD 21044
Office Hours Shown in ET
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Support team hours Shown in ET
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm

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