Heidi Emmer, LLC
Heidi Emmer, LLC has been a Social Worker since 2001. She has worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, group homes, schools and agencies
Ms. Emmer is trained in play therapy and creative arts therapy, including art, drama and sand tray.
She feels that children express themselves best through creative and play modalities and understanding their world is the best way to help them.
Ms. Emmer also works with adults. She believes that healing and change are possible in a nurturing and safe environment. She specializes in anxiety disorders in adults.
Jane Buchman, LCSW, CEAP, CCTP
Jane obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where her specialization was Mental Health. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, work related issues, adjustment/readjustment difficulties, military issues, LGTBQ, and interpersonal relationships.
She believes that counseling is taking time to care for yourself and working towards bring out the best in each of us. She also believes that we all have issues in life, and an important aspect is learning to accept ourselves in order to increase our happiness and decrease our negative thoughts.
We are often good at taking care of others at the risk of our own wellbeing. This may be due to our up bring, easier to focus on others than our own issues, or possibly a mixture of other reasons. Her focus is to help the client see the importance of themselves along with a balance of setting healthy boundaries and learning to let go of unwanted or unneeded aspects within our lives and within ourselves.
Her approach is working together with the client to solve their problems and develop healthy coping strategies. She is easy going and helps the client quickly understand that the counseling sessions are a safe, non-judgmental environment through her caring, lightheaded approach.
Lakisha Shears, LCSW-C, LICSW
Lakisha is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Lakisha received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County and Master’s in Social Work from Morgan State University. The proud mother of one has over 6 years of professional experience.
In the past six years, she has worked in the following areas: education, domestic violence, child welfare, adult protective service, addiction, outpatient mental health services, and in home geriatric services. Throughout her career, Lakisha is reminded daily the importance of feeding OUR community souls with positive energy. She has experience helping clients who are coping with low self-esteem, recovery from trauma, behavioral difficulties, adjustment to life changes, relationship and family issues.
Ana is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is licensed to practice in Maryland and Texas. Ana completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Sam Houston State University in Texas and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Houston in Texas. Ana moved to Maryland 3 and a half years ago and has gained experience in working with adults diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system and their children. Ana has also worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system in Maryland.
In Texas, Ana worked with adults and children diagnosed with a variety of disorders including ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorder, and Personality disorders. Ana’s therapeutic approach is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and uses Play Therapy with younger children. Ana is passionate in helping individuals and children gain more awareness and insight into their emotions and behaviors in order to help them overcome obstacles in life. Ana uses a variety of techniques including Art therapy and Play therapy.
In her leisure time, Ana enjoys painting, cooking, swimming, and spending time with loved ones.
Memouna Foudjou, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Memouna Foudjou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at All Day Family care. As the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Memouna performs psychiatric evaluations upon a client’s admission into the program in which mental health, substance use, medical and social history are gathered to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. She visits with patients for psychiatric follow-ups throughout the program. Memouna works collaboratively with the therapists and the rest of the team in the coordination of patient care. She prescribes medications when indicated for mental health issues. Memouna also formulates a treatment plan for each client that compliments client and family goals. Memouna brings to the clinic a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients.
Memouna is also qualified to diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions across the entire lifespan. After specialization as a PMHNP, Memouna entered the community mental health arena and worked for one year with Comprehensive Behavioral services treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan
Before becoming a PMHNP, Ms. Foudjou was a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Minute Clinic, and a Registered Nurse at Suburban Hospital (Johns Hopkins Medecine). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland in 2010, and subsequently earned her MSN (FNP), from Bowie State Univerity University in 2013. She received her second MSN with a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Cincinnati in 2018.
When not involved with seeing clients in her practice she is often looking for ways to promote mental health in the community by traveling to local long term care facilities. It is a lifelong dream of Memouna’s to see the stigma attached to mental health come to an end. She would also like for all people suffering from a mental health condition to be free from shame or guilt when trying to cope with a mental illness either as an individual or a family member of someone struggling with a mental health condition.
Safoura Moraveji, LCSW
Safoura is a psychotherapist, licensed in Maryland & District of Columbia since 1988. She graduated with her MSW from University Of Maryland-School of Social Work. Her post graduate studies include psycho-analytic psychotherapy & Studies in Gestalt-Existential psychotherapy. Safoura focuses on working with adults experiencing significant life transition issues such as divorce, caring for elderly parents, career transitions. Also, her practice pays special attention to adults with sever, unmanageable mood disorders, depression, anxiety and panic disorders.
As a Buddhist Nun, her interventions focus are cognitive behavioral with special focus on Mindfulness, and strengthening spiritual foundation. She relies on story telling, homework assignments in between sessions incorporating writing, reading, photography & arts. Also, Safoura emphasizes a holistic approach when appropriate.
Safoura’s unique blend of psychotherapy & spirituality maybe particularly helpful for individuals living with chronic medical issues, pani management , and end of life.Primarily Safoura’s services are provided online-tele-health.
Leslie Holley, LCPC
Leslie Holley is a Nationally Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC -MD, IL) (LPC – MO, DC, VA) (NCC) who earned her Masters in Community Counseling from DePaul University where she also taught Career Counseling and Supervision to graduate students, as an adjunct professor. Leslie offers counseling to adults and adolescents suffering from trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, post baby issues, substance abuse and couples facing issues with communication and co-dependency. She has a breadth of knowledge working with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Leslie specializes in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and has been extensively trained in trauma and how it affects the brain.
Leslie has also been trained in children and adolescent curriculums’ including Anger Coping, Think First, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). She has participated in the Children’s Hospital Train the Trainer (TTT) series and is an experienced presenter, presenting on mental health topics throughout the Chicago area. She has presented on trauma and how it effects children in the Woodlawn and Auburn Gresham communities, has been a co-presenter for the American Counseling Association and the Illinois Counseling Association on help-seeking behaviors of African American men, and a guest speaker for the City of Evanston on grief, managing change in the workplace, and depression to name a few. Leslie is also an avid volunteer, advocating for young adults presenting with anger, abuse, neglect, and self-esteem issues. She also shares her mental health knowledge monthly on the online show, Let’s Stay Together.
Martina Parra, LCPC
Martina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at All Day Family Care She believes it is often the experiences of our past that determine our present and influence our future. Through these experiences, we fashion our own individual stories.
Martina strives to help individuals freely and openly unpack throughout the therapeutic process. She helps each individual experience healing and growth in their present state of being and seek hope for their future. Martina uses person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques with a psychodynamic perspective to fit each client’s individual needs.
Her specific background includes working with individuals age fourteen and older, in regards to anxiety, depression, social anxiety, life adjustments, conflict resolution, and trauma.
Martina Alvarado holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University.
Shani Cerritos, MSW, LCSW-C
Shani Cerritos is a licensed clinical therapist. She graduated from Morgan State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She then attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Shani has worked with families, adults, adolescents, and children for over 6 years.
During her academic career she worked with mothers who were recovering from drug addiction and their children. She also completed an internship with Adventist Healthcare Behavioral Health and Wellness Services, a psychiatric hospital, and eventually began working for the facility for the next 5 years. Shani has worked with a diverse group of adults, adolescents, and children dealing with a ridge range of diagnoses. She has experience in family therapy, group therapy, and individual sessions.
In her leisure time, Shani enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys hiking, biking, and visiting the downtown DC sites.
Tamielle Taylor, LGPC
Tamielle is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor with passion for serving the needs of others across diverse settings. She has obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami and a M.A. in Professional Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University. She has a wealth of formal and informal experiences with working with children, teens, adults and families in various roles ranging from mentor to teacher to counselor.
Tamielle values the individuality of each person she encounters. She considers every client to be an expert in regards to their own experiences and she seeks to collaborate with them in their journey to personal fulfillment. Her goal as a counselor is to provide a supportive environment in which individuals and families may acknowledge, process and problem solve their concerns in constructive ways. Tamielle utilizes an eclectic, person-centered and strengths-based approach to therapy which emphasizes compassion, empathy, respect, honesty, self-awareness, self-regulation and self-care.
Pulchery J Afoakwah (Thelusma), MA, NCC, LCPC
Mrs. Afoakwah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Maryland Approved Supervisor. A graduate of the George Washington University and Georgetown University, Mrs. Afoakwah has also studied in Tanzania and completed Washington internships in public health and government development.
Ideally, Ms. Afoakwah wants to create and environment that allows her clients to find their way as she keeps them on track. She wants her clients grow to be leaders in their treatment and the theoretical approaches she uses creates an environment that gives them the ability to take the initiative. Making the decision to enter into therapy is a challenge in itself and she wants to motivate clients to continue on this path.
Her theoretical approach is Eclectic but based in Reality Therapy/Choice Theory in a Person-Centered format. The Person-Centered format takes her empathetic manner, as well as the belief that people are capable of change through self-direction and self-understanding in a therapeutic setting that is supportive, non-judgmental. Now, in terms of the Reality Therapy & WDEP Model because it allows the patient to figure out what they want, how their behavior plays into their situation and where it will currently take them. It makes the client evaluate themselves and then make a plan of action so they can change. But in the end she wants to meet the client where they are at and go from there.
Mrs. Afoakwah has experience in group, individual, family therapy and she is open to more work with couples. She has worked with all age groups from youth (as young as 4) and beyond, but a lot of her experience has been in an addictions, dual-diagnosis and trauma work in which she uses a Motivational Interviewing perspective. Mrs. Afoakwah uses mindfulness, play therapy, and other modalities in practice. Our work can also have a career/coaching focus in which she is more directive.
Kelsey O’Donnell, LCSW-C
Kelsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C). She is a native of the Washington D.C. area and has always had an interest in psychology. Kelsey has been working in the mental health field for the past 5 years and completed her Master’s degree at University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2015. Kelsey has experience working with clients in a variety of settings including traditional outpatient therapy and acute inpatient hospital. She has worked with adolescents, adults and geriatric patients with a focus on mood disorders including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
Kelsey believes in the uniqueness of each client and pulls from a number of modalities including, person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalysis. Kelsey acknowledges that individuals are shaped by their past experiences and each client presents with their own unique set of issues to work through. She enjoys the process of helping clients gain better insight and understanding into themselves and their emotions and then working to develop the skills necessary to better respond to life’s challenges.
Cedric Rashaw, LCPCS
Cedric is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Maryland Board Approved Supervisor, with over 13 years of experience working with children, adults and families to assist clients with achieving life-long change.
He believes in empowering clients to accomplish their health and wellness goals through evidenced-based practices, outreach and positive role modeling. Cedric has counseled a variety of clients including teens, young children, college students, at-risk males and those needing rehabilitative services due to substance abuse.
Cedric graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore both with a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Counseling) degrees. In addition, to receiving formal academic training, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience through working in social services, mental health and drug & alcohol counseling settings.
Cedric enjoys being engaged in leadership positions and is an active and standing member of the Maryland Counseling Association. He has used his leadership platform to network with other professionals who are committed to addressing the growing need for highly qualified mental health providers in the state of Maryland.
Alexander Hammer, LCSW-C
Alex is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with extensive experience providing therapeutic services for populations of all ages and backgrounds. Specializing primarily with children, adolescents, and their families Alex also has worked with chronically mentally ill individuals as well. Providing a more holistic approach to therapy. Alex uses trauma-informed therapeutic services to help people overcome their mental health obstacles and achieve success. Alex has experience using an assortment of treatment modalities including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused-therapy, and play therapy for children under 10.
Outside of work Alex enjoys hiking with his wife, playing music and video games, and cooking for his family.