Multicultural Counseling - Clinicians Bio - Beltsville, MD
Multicultural Counseling & Consulting Center, LLC - Services in three languages
Dr. Fonrose has been a counselor for over 13 years and have been offering Anger management, University, Counseling service
Multicultural Counseling & Consulting Center, LLC is a behavioral health and human services consulting firm that provides a variety of services in the areas of mental health, immigration and adaption, career, training and development, coaching, and college consulting.
Dr. Marie Fonrose earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University, a M.A. from Bowie State University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Maryland.  Marie has over 25 years of experience in the areas of counseling, educational consulting, teaching, and special education. She has worked extensively in the areas of college consulting assisting students to find the best college that suits their career ambition. Dr. Fonrose is an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University and an adjunct at Prince Georges Community College.  Most notably, Dr. Fonrose has worked and continues to work closely with partner organizations since the earthquake in Haiti, providing services to earthquake victims in the areas of leadership training and post-traumatic stress disorders. She holds licenses and certifications as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia (LPC), National Board Certification Teacher (NBCT), and School Counselor Certification in DC.  Additionally, she is a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator and is ready to equip you with the tools to thrive in your relationship. Dr. Fonrose is an Approved Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Supervisor for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC).
Dr. Fonrose specializes in individual, child and adolescent, pre-marital and marital Counseling, group,coaching, and maintains a private practice in Maryland. Dr. Fonrose counsels primarily from a cognitive-behavioral and psycho-dynamic orientation. However, she draws from various approaches recognizing the uniqueness of each individual. Dr. Fonrose's therapeutic approach is to provide a warm, caring and safe environment where clients can address the obstacles that keep them from enjoying the most fulfilling life and reaching their highest goal--health. Dr. Fonrose is able to serve clients in English, French, and Haitian-Creole.  She has a good grasp of Spanish.  Dr. Fonrose welcomes you into this space and look forward to the journey ahead.

Dr. Fonrose is a Minister at HCC and can offer Christian Counseling to those who have a preference for it. 
Call now (301) 474-0060 or email her at:



                                         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.


Bilingual License Professional Counselor-SpanishSUSANA FERRADAS, Ph.D, LCPC

Dr. Susana 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.   

Susana 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.


Veronica Rojas Banner, M.A., LGPC                  Residential Intern,Spanish/English
Veronica Banner obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Washington Adventist University. She recently obtained a second Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Washington Adventist University (WAU).
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. She is bilingual and conducts sessions in both English and Spanish.

She sees non-insurance clients and can offer sliding scale.

Available days: Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursday,  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.




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