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Bose Ajayi
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189: Follow-ups

Bose Ajayi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Bose Ajayi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in DC and VA, providing care and support to patients with psychiatry and mental health care needs. Bose has a strong belief in patient education and involvement in their treatment plan. She has over 10 years of experience in nursing, caring for patients with various healthcare issues. She has worked in group homes, nursing homes, skilled care facilities, step-down ICU, and as an operating room nurse.

During her early years of nursing, she had the opportunity to work with an agency at Walter Reed. During this period she was exposed to information on mental health challenges, especially facing the military and their family. This great opportunity increased her desire to pursue a degree in mental health where she aspires to use her degree to make a positive difference in caring for those with mental health care needs.

She understands the stigmatization, and challenges that are associated with mental health issues. For these reasons, she provides holistic and patient-centered care where the families are involved when necessary and approved by the patient. Bose strongly believes in treating each patient according to their needs, including cultural care, spiritual care, and also collaborative care where she involves other disciplines when necessary.

Mental health issues are worldwide problems and the challenges are real because of the stigmatization in mental health. As a practitioner, Bose's model of care throughout her career is to listen to patients, and then share her thoughts, observation, and treatment plan with patients to help them achieve a positive result. She will be there for the patient to support them in their decision making, goal setting, and encourage where necessary. She will work with every patient with the same respect and commitment. She welcomes everyone to her care services. "Let's thrive together to make a positive impact," she says.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
Cierra Redfield
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $149

Cierra Redfield, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Cierra Redfield, originally from Baltimore, MD is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and has over eight years of compiled experience in working with families and youth seeking help and services for depression, anxiety, life transitions, domestic violence, substance use, and court intervention. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Coppin State University and received her Master of Social Work at Howard University. 

Cierra emphasizes the importance of holistic, strength-based, client and family centered, trauma-based, mindfulness based and cognitive behavioral interventions, while utilizing creative and critical thinking, flexibility, cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills to ensure that the needs of individuals and families are met. 

Cierra’s goal is to create and establish a healthy and caring relationship with you, while identifying your strengths and informal supports to create a better quality of life. By partnering with you, Cierra seeks to help you meet your identified goals, create coping skills, and for you to feel empowered and in control of your life. 

Education

Coppin State University & Howard University
Bachelor of Social Work & Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Crisis Intervention
Damien Wade
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Damien Wade, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Damien Wade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington DC who has over 10 years of experience serving the LGBTQA, Mental Health, School and Substance Abuse populations, in both Washington DC and New York City. He has experience with crisis management, clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adults, children, and adolescences, seeking help with depression/anxiety, trauma and life transitions. He completed his Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work formerly know as CUNY Hunter College in his hometown of New York City. In addition to his education, he also has varied experience working in the health, foster care, substance abuse and mental health care systems.

Damien utilizes collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and narrative approaches to therapy. He often uses his real-life experiences and incorporates it in his work and uses this to relate to the individuals and couples he serves.

Education

Silberman School of Social Work
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ+A
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationship Issues
Lazare Shadzeka
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Lazare Shadzeka, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

**Lazare offers Counseling and Medication Management services in English and French

Lazare Shadzeka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner via the American Nurses Credentialing Center, with privileges in Maryland and Washington DC.  He completed his Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 2014, in the renowned Marymount University and while pursuing a calling of serving the adult, elderly and vulnerable communities, he decided to further his education, consequently receiving his Master of Science in Nursing Degree with honors from Walden University. Lazare has accumulated over six enriching years in the provision of holistic care to a wide variety of clients, with psychiatric conditions.

Lazare is an enthusiastic, caring and people-oriented person with an innate skill in managing overall patient care and support with provision of health assessments, psychiatric evaluations, treatment planning, medication management, therapeutic services, client education and regular follow-ups. Client wellness is a priority that drives his full engagement and committed nature.

By starting cordial relationship with Lazare, clients will experience a caring, collaborative, and engaging environment with the goal of improving client outcomes progressively working towards their goals and improving on their daily lives.

Education

Walden University
MSN

Specialties

  • Psychiatric Assessments
  • Treatment Planning
  • Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Schizoaffective Disorders
Minnie Allen
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Minnie Allen, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Minnie Allen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has an eclectic background and has built a reputation for serving individuals in different stages of change, with different mental health issues, and with different expectations from a therapeutic relationship. Minnie has 11 years of experience in the mental health field. She completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

Minnie’s expertise is to focus on the person and not the problem with the goal of helping you achieve greater independence, and build better coping skills for current and future challenges that keep you from being your best self. She is an active listener who will allow you to vent and will not judge you or your situation. She will remain patient and positive and always respectful. Minnie will ask probing questions, but with sensitivity. She will challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone in a safe way that supports your mental wellbeing. She is warm and personable, but more importantly concerned about your wellbeing. Minnie works as a partner with you in your journey and not the expert in your life. She operates from a person-centered and strength-based position where you decide the issues of importance. She will help you identify and manifest your desired change by being your coach and facilitator.

Education

University of Washington
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Stress
  • Parenting
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues
  • Cultural Issues in the Workplace (Micro-Aggressions and Implicit Biases)
NadineCarole Missiet Fogoum
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Nadine Carole Missiet Fogoum, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

** Nadine performs assessment, diagnosis and implements a treatment plan of care including medication management and counseling

Nadine Missiet is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center in both the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland.  She completed her Master of Science in Nursing Degree at Walden University, and she is caring and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has devoted more than seven years providing holistic care to a wide variety of clients with psychiatric conditions.

As a nurse practitioner, she treats her patients with dignity, respect, and acting with empathy and compassion. She recognizes the importance of both mental and physical well-being, customizing care to respect the individual’s belief, and striving to educate patients on health maintenance and disease prevention that will promote quality living throughout the community. She believes that a patient’s wishes come first, and therefore, each individual should be considered a partner in his/her own care. Keeping a patient informed and well educated before making a decision regarding health is vital.

As a humble nurse practitioner, she will focus more on having her patients become partner in their own care, and be able to gain control and understanding of their own health and well being. At the end of the visit, a patient may not remember the laboratory results or vital signs divulged, but hopefully, they will remember how their practitioner made them feel valuable, empowered, and respected when choosing their provision of care.

Education

Walden University
MSN

Specialties

  •  Psychiatric assessments including history and physical
  •  Medication management
  • Counseling services
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
Olakunle Ayanwale
Self Pay Rate: $239: Intake $189: Follow-ups

Olakunle Ayanwale, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

My philosophy is that Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner have the  responsibility of providing holistic, safe, and patient-centered care. During their practice,  PMHNP have the mandate of using their clinical judgment to improve patient outcomes.  PMHNP are also patient advocates that should strive to empower patients by encouraging them  to become active in the care process and engage in the decision-making process. Lastly, I believe  that PMHNP have the commitment of improving their current knowledge and skills through  perpetual learning. By so doing, we avoid remaining stagnant in our beliefs but evolve our  professional through adoption of evidence-based practices and technological advancements.

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
Shay Bordley-Barnes
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Shay Bordley-Barnes, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Shay Bordley-Barnes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with detained youth and adults who present with co-occurring disorders and a significant number of economic barriers. Shay also specializes in mindfulness-based treatment, addictions, recovery, prevention and re-entry services, grief and bereavement, adolescents, behavioral and crises management, trauma, and LGBTQ+ issues. She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years where she has had the opportunity to help shape the lives of many women, men, and youth from a wide variety of backgrounds in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Shay completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is an International Certified Addiction Counselor, a Prevention Specialist, a Correctional Health Professional, and a National Certified Counselor. Shay believes in rehabilitation, and that we all have an innate drive to become successful with support, resources, and identifying our life's purpose. After being exposed to a significant amount of tragedies and hardship in life, Shay knew counseling was not what she “wanted to do”, but instead her “Purpose.”

Shay is a huge advocate for self-care! She adheres to the motto “Good Vibes Only!” Shay enjoys mindfulness-based activities such as meditation, yoga, working out, massages, and pedicures. She possesses a host of other specialties and certificates. However, what makes her the most successful is a unique and special gift that drives her every day: her passion to help and heal others. She will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and play therapy. Shay likes to quote Paul Brandt: “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon.”

Education

Immaculta University
Master's in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Mental Stress
  • School Issues
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD
Amanda Buras
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $149

Amanda Buras, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

**Only available for telehealth sessions**

Amanda Buras is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC who specializes in working with children and families and has significant experience counseling adults with anxiety, depression and trauma. She most enjoys working with children, families and adults who are seeking a safe space to process, grow and improve their relationships with others and self.  Amanda welcomes clients who are seeking growth and fulfillment through improving communication, practicing self-love, becoming more mindful and present and developing positive coping skills. She also has particular knowledge of working on emotional regulation and self-awareness.

Amanda received her Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. She most frequently utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy in conjunction with mindfulness, attachment-based, person-centered and strength-based approaches. Amanda also has specialized training in EMDR, mindful awareness and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her approach to therapy is creating a comfortable space that is accepting and welcomes the expression of vulnerability in many forms and is also thoughtful of varying identities and experiences.

Amanda’s top priority in building a therapeutic relationship is ensuring a safe space for you to be your authentic self and explore the ways you can live the life you truly want.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Parenting/family concerns
  • Life transitions
  • Women’s issues
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Child behavioral issues
Nitika Gupta
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $149

Nitika Gupta, LPC

**Nitika offers therapy services in English and Hindi

Nitika Gupta is a Licensed Professional Counselor in D.C. and Pennsylvania, with over seven years of experience helping adults and couples manage challenges such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, transition-related concerns, trauma, and grief, among others. Nitika earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Southern California and her Masters degrees in mental health counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Nitika personalizes treatment to fit your needs, using techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. Her counseling style is collaborative and compassionate, providing a welcoming, nonjudgmental space where you can feel empowered to be the ultimate expert on your situation.

Nitika believes that therapy is not meant to “fix” you, because you are not broken; rather, it is meant to nurture you while you reflect on your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Through an interactive journey, Nitika aims to establish trusting relationships with individuals and couples, come up with goals, and find meaningful and effective solutions.

Nitika’s specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress management
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship concerns
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Acculturation- and transition-related concerns
Amara Toure
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: 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)
  • PTSD

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