Esonija D'Almeida, PhD, LCSW-C, LCSW
Dr. D'Almeida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing Social Work since 2003 in both Maryland and Virginia for children, families and geriatrics. Her philosophy embraces one of wellness-mind, body and spiritual care. Esonija encourages patients to engage in introspection of their entire being promoting healing from within. As a Generalist Practitioner, she employs Strengths Perspective, Empowerment Theory, Validation, Humanistic, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, some Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, Aromatherapy and Spirituality. Specialties/Interests: Geriatrics, Mood Disorders, Children & Families, Women’s Issues, Educational Policy-STEM Ages.
Treated (10 years and older)
Undergraduate Degree: Norfolk State University Graduate Degree: University of Maryland Postgraduate Degree: Norfolk State University -The Impact of Social Influences on African American Males’ STEM Academic Achievement. She served as an undergraduate Professor for two years at Norfolk State University, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in King University’s Online Social Work Program. Dr. D'Almeida have facilitated trainings for teachers, social workers and other professionals on topics impacting youth and families, mood disorders and medical issues. She also worked as a Medical Social Worker for more than 10 years.
Gina Pennington, LCPC
Gina Pennington is a
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who obtained her Masters of Science
(MS) in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She
received a Bachelors of Social work from the University of Georgia. Gina has over fifteen years experience in the
mental health field providing counseling services to adolescents and adults in
a wide variety of contexts. Gina
specializes in treating individuals, couples, and families to cope with
anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship problems, and low self-esteem.
With a compassionate, down
to earth, and practical approach, she help adults and teens develop coping
skills through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and acceptance
strategies. Her goal is for you to have a safe place to share your concerns
while also learning coping strategies to use outside of therapy.
SUSANA FERRADAS, Ph.D, LCPC
J. Ferradas is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her Master
of Science in Education and Mental Health Counseling. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Psychology and Secondary Education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables,
Florida. After over 12 years of working as a licensed psychotherapist serving
the mental health needs of communities in Miami, Florida, she became interested
in public policy and advocacy of mental health care for underrepresented communities
and decided to pursue her doctorate. She recently received her PhD.
in Counseling Psychology at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
has extensive experience working with children, families, and couples in a
variety of treatment settings. Through a
supportive and encouraging therapeutic style, Susana helps the individuals she
works with learn how to cope with depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues by
helping them develop practical skills to make positive changes in their lives. Susana is bilingual and conducts therapy in
both English and Spanish.
Banner, M.A., LGPC Residential Intern,Spanish/English
obtains a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science
in Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University. She received an
Associate’s of Applied Science in Mental Health from Montgomery College. She is
currently working on her second Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling at Washington Adventist University.
Veronica is working
towards her state licensure by obtaining her clinical counseling hours here at
Multicultural Counseling & Consulting Center, LLC. She works with children,
adolescents, adults, and couples. Veronica supports individuals and couples to
cope with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, life phases, cultural
adaptation, trauma, and self-concept, by helping them develop practical skills
to make positive changes in their lives. Veronica’s uses a multi-modal approach
to include: person-centered, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic
approach, as well as a variety of treatment techniques. Veronica can also offer
Christian counseling if needed. Veronica is bilingual and conducts sessions in both English and Spanish.
non-insurance clients and can offer sliding scale.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Saturday
Michele Brinson, LCPC
Ms. Brinson received a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from
Argosy University, and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College
of Art. Michèle has 5 years of experience in counseling, following an extensive
career as an artist and designer. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional
Counselor (LCPC) and can use art as well to help reach these deep-seated issues.
Ms. Brinson approaches counseling from an eclectic perspective,
utilizing Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused
Therapy, along with creative interventions to address each individual’s goals
and utilize their strengths. She works primarily with adolescents and adults,
and strives to provide a supportive, collaborative environment in which clients
can gain insight into ways to work through various challenges and difficulties.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other challenges, Ms.
Brinson’s goal is to assist you in becoming your best self.
John Elame, LCPC, NCC
John a License Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
who earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Argosy
University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Anthropology
with special emphasis in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Buea-Cameroon.
John has over 5 years of professional
counseling experience and is a certified Alcohol and Drug Trainee (ADT). John’s
clinical work encompasses working with children, adults, and families providing
therapeutic services to those who struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety,
mood disorder, ADHD, anger management, and behavioral issues .
John’s theoretical approach of treatment is eclectic; but
draws primarily from CBT, person-centered, and motivational interviewing.
Daniel Sanchez, PhD, LGPC
Dr. Sanchez received a Master of Science
in Educational Psychology in 2005, and a PhD in Educational Psychology in 2011,
both from Capella University. He also
recently graduated from Walden University with a Master’s of Science in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior
to this, Daniel was employed in both the private and public-school sector for
many years; having received a Bachelor of Science of Mathematics from the
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 1992. Dr. Sanchez believes in
empowering clients with the necessary coping skills and tools to help them deal
effectively with various life-challenges issues such as depression, anxiety,
PTSD, family crisis, marital conflict and other related challenges; with a
special interest in issues of healthy sexuality and sexual addiction from both
a faith-based and non-faith-based perspective.
Daniel enjoys using an integrated and eclectic approach to counseling
that combines the basic tenets of educational psychology and Adlerian therapy,
while remaining open to other treatment modalities that he believes would best
suit the client; and as previously mentioned, is also available to employ a
faith-based or Christian perspective at the client’s discretion. Furthermore, as a parent of two children with
special needs, Daniel also specializes in counseling parents and families
with special needs children. Dr. Sanchez is fully bilingual and can conduct sessions
in either English or Spanish.
He is available Monday through
Friday from 9 am—2 pm and will only service non-insurance clients. He also
offers sliding scale.