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.
Nora Talavera, LCPC
Ms. Talavera is a licensed clinical professional counselor with more than 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. Talavera was trained as psychologist in Peru with additional training in psycho-analytic psychotherapy. Later she moved to United States and graduated at Walden University with a Master on clinical mental health counseling.
Ms. Talavera has experience using diverse theoretical approaches such as cognitive therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy and solution focused techniques; her treatment approach is tailored based on the client`s needs.
Ms. Talavera strives to provide a safe and respectful environment and relationship with clients, which allows them to trust her and share their concerns more openly. Another important aspect of her work is the understanding and respect that we all come from different cultures and life experiences.
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.
Caleb Adu, LCSW-C
Caleb Adu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) who has been providing therapeutic services to children, teens and adults for almost a decade. He has had the opportunity work all over North America, including Michigan, Maryland and Alberta, Canada. Caleb has experience with various treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy with individuals and groups. Caleb has a passion for helping others and he enjoys connecting with and educating his clients. Outside of the workplace, Caleb enjoys grilling, researching the latest gadgets and spending time with his wife and two daughters.