Our Staff


 

Senior Leadership

Dr. Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi, LPC "Dr. O"

Dr. Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi, LPC "Dr. O"

International Psychologist, Founder & Clinical Director

Her/She
olivia@outoftheboxccc.com
EMDR Trained
Brainspotting Trained

Dr. O holds a Doctoral Degree in International Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach, and Consultant who specializes in systemic, complex, and developmental trauma, regulating emotional distress, helping individuals reach their personal and professional goals, minority and race-based issues, and nonprofit business development. Dr. O is passionate about human and civil rights equality and takes a Global approach incorporating a persons’ culture, belief system, and values into individualized services provided.

Dr. O has traveled the world for leisure and conducting research on diverse populations and topics. In addition to international travel, Dr. O enjoys reading, riding her bike, skating, working out, writing and reciting poetry, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Amara Onuorah, PMHNP

Amara Onuorah, PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Her/She
Amara@outoftheboxccc.com 

Amara Onuorah is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her background includes child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. Amara’s clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of children with autism to older adults with chronic depression. Her expertise lies in psychopharmacology and crisis management.

As a Nigerian immigrant, Amara is passionate about serving the community and improving healthcare access for all individuals. She is a strong advocate for empowering nurses, and she fiercely believes that nurses should play a pivotal role in shaping modern health care.  She is passionate about providing holistic care, encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. Amara possesses strong clinical skills and a natural ability to build genuine rapport with clients and families.

Amara enjoys hiking, bowling, and cooking authentic Nigerian cuisines in her free time. 

Dr. Brandon Landry, PsyD "Dr. B"

Dr. Brandon Landry, PsyD "Dr. B"

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

He/Him
Brandon@outoftheboxccc.com
GA

Brandon Landry, Psy.D., (or Dr. B) has a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and has since specialized in the areas of existential and analytic psychology; from discovering the purpose for our being to making sense of the content in our dreams, Dr. B has a passion for the infinite variations of human expression that we call diversity. How each of us experience the world is integral to how we behaviorally, emotionally, and thoughtfully connect to it. This lived-experience is irreplaceable: we are as much a product of the world as we are producers of it. Psychology is this intersection between the world and us, it is how we come to be unique individuals. The depths of relational work is discovering the truths of who we are.

Everyone has their reasons for pursuing the therapeutic process and every reason requires a creative solution. Whatever is on your mind, honestly and truly, you are welcome to join this open-minded process. There are no limits to what we can accomplish if we put our minds together! 

Dr. B is a free-floating, easy-going, nature loving person. You can find him hiking mountain peaks, vibing to musical beats, or simply pondering what it means to be alive. He enjoys human creativity in all its forms but has a particular interest in the arts, philosophy, and music.

Office Support

Nicole Shakespeare

Nicole Shakespeare

Office Manager

Her/She
Nicole@outoftheboxccc.com

Nicole is a Registered Behavior Technician with numerous years of customer service experience and working with children of all ages, primarily focusing the last 4 years on Special Needs students. She is committed to helping those in any need with any ability. She is passionate about inclusiveness and visibility for all.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys writing, watching sports, and exploring African American History through travel. She is wife to an educator and mother to three college students.

 

Clinical Staff

Nikisha Douge, BA

Nikisha Douge, BA

MFT Intern

Her/She
Nikisha@outoftheboxccc.com

Nikisha Douge is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MAMFT) at Northcentral University, with a specialization in couple therapy. Nikisha operates from a systemic and emotions focused therapeutic lens, and truly believes our emotions are directly tied to our identity and relationships with others. Nikisha empowers individuals, couples and children to find solutions to their emotional distress and creates a safe space for emotional deepening and discovery of what makes us uncomfortable and ultimately prevents us from being the best version of ourselves.

Nikisha is also passionate about highlighting the unique strengths of her clients and helping them adopt an “I can” attitude while battling adversity in life and relationships. She has experience in treating individuals who face challenges with grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and marital distress.

Nikisha is a proud member of Delta Kappa Honors Society for Marriage and Family Therapists and an Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Student member. Currently, Nikisha holds a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Mercy College and is a native New Yorker.

Jay Energía

Jay Energía

Reiki-Energy Worker

She/They
Jay@outoftheboxccc.com

Disclaimer – Jay’s birth name is included for certificate verification; however, you may refer to them as “Jay” for all interactions.

With the guidance of their ancestors, Jay’s spirit/ual, emotional and energetic capabilities come into fruition to offer Energy Work and Tarot/Oracle Readings. Certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, a Japanese energy practice, this has opened the pathway for their energy work knowledge in this realm and helped guide them to some of their spiritual workings. Since their certification and assisted openings, Jay does energy work using knowledge of her diasporic roots of Borkién (colonial name Puerto Rico) and Ayiti (colonial part of the island Dominican Republic). This session will highlight what needs to re/focused on and re/align your energy for your growth. The Tarot/Oracle Reading session brings forth what no longer benefits your growth which will provide information and instruction to help re/focus your energy. Both services are interactive sessions to remind and uplift that you have the power to navigate your energy and healing. With your presence and our facilitation, the love of community is a reminder. Services offered separately or as combo sessions to facilitate deeper knowledge.

While Jay provides services to everyone, they specialize in working with Queer and Trans People of Color. She prioritizes People Indigenous to Africa (including African diaspora), the Americas and the Caribbean. Though the work is an individual service, these services are centered in the community that is most marginalized under the society we live in and their safety is the root of all workings.

 

Alexis Ethridge, BSP

Alexis Ethridge, BSP

MFP Intern

Her/She
Alexis@outoftheboxccc.com

Alexis is a second-year M.A. Forensic Psychology student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Florida A&M University. Her passion for the mental health field originated from her experiences with her close family. Alexis was always interested in being a helper from childhood and began volunteering in the community very early.

Alexis has experience working with children with autism and developmental delays. She also briefly spent time shadowing psychologists conducting psychological assessments for the Division of Family & Children Services. Alexis is interested in becoming more familiar with adult clientele through trauma-based therapy modalities.

Alexis loves to travel, enjoy time with loved ones, and is a cat mom of two.

 

 

 

Constance Fields, MCMHC

Constance Fields, MCMHC

Therapist

Her/She
Constance@outoftheboxccc.com

Constance Fields has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. With a background in the performing arts, Constance often incorporates expressive arts techniques to help her clients facilitate working through everyday life challenges, process grief and loss, and begin to heal from traumatic experiences. In addition, she is trained to counsel clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, phobias, and couples and families.

Constance is passionate about guiding people through understanding that they are not tied to unhealthy narratives that they have adopted. Her theoretical approach is grounded in Psychodynamic, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Constance believes that each person is a fallible human being, and that we are not bound by our past, nor should we allow our past to control our future; thus we are capable of learning how our past experiences influence our current thoughts and behaviors. Allowing for space to create new patterns in the process. Clients can expect a collaborative and often creative experience, as they gain the tools necessary to aid in their journey toward mental wellness.

Constance is an LGBTQIA+ ally, and is passionate about social justice. She enjoys spending time with her family, acting, listening to music, watching movies (including anything paranormal), and trying to impress her kids on Tiktok.

Julious Fletcher, BFA

Julious Fletcher, BFA

Certified Dance Therapist

He/Him
Julious@outoftheboxccc.com

Julious Fletcher, also known as “JuJu,”is a dancer, actor, model, producer, director, writer and dance teacher. He has traveled domestically and internationally teaching dance, drama and cheerleading at summer camps as well as conferences and workshops. He obtained his BFA in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and is currently pursuing his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (with honors) at Troy University and his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Expressive Arts Therapy with an emphasis in Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University

Julious has worked with children (ages 3-12) for five years, including his time as an after- school teacher at an international school in the Buckhead-Atlanta as well as a dance expressions intern at an after-school program in the East Lake-Atlanta. He used his talents and skills to help the children to develop communication skills socially, emotionally and mentally along with homework assistance. His last internship was working with the adult homeless population, specifically those who struggle with substance abuse.

Julious is also a certified life coach; he is a conference presenter, which he presented on topics such as Dance Movement Therapy for Male Sexual Assault Survivors and Counseling the LGBT+ Population; and published author of “Ministry of the Sacred Artist” (a manual about the liturgical arts ministry on where the arts came from in a biblical and historical aspect and how to apply it into today’s modern world) and “Lessons from the Human Body” (a holistic self-help book by breaking down the human body systems and viewing how they apply to our daily lives). 

 

Alexia Ford, LMSW, M.Div., MAPT

Alexia Ford, LMSW, M.Div., MAPT

Social Worker

Her/She
Alexia@outoftheboxccc.com 

Alexia received her Master’s in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. Post Master’s, Alexia has worked in both public and private agencies and has provided therapeutic services to person’s of various, ethnicities, socio-economic status, gender and age groups.

In 2018, Alexia obtained a dual Masters in Divinity and Master’s in Practical Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. It is with the culmination of education and experience that Alexia is able to provide a holistic approach by collaborating mind, body and spirit.

Alexia has over 10 years of experience in providing psychotherapy and she specializes in both traditional and non-traditional therapeutic interventions such as CBT/DBT, Solution focused, client-centered focused therapies as well as using sage, crystals and stones for spiritual/energy clearing purposes.

It is Alexia’s hope to create a welcoming, nonjudgmental space in order to develop a relationship of trust and care to all who show up. Alexia is a huge Marvel and DC fan and enjoys watching movies in her spare time with her husband and two son, reading, journaling, and spending time with her extended family.

Glenn Gray, APC, M.S., M.Div.

Glenn Gray, APC, M.S., M.Div.

Professional Counselor

He/Him
Glenn@outoftheboxccc.com 

Glenn is a Associate Professional Counselor with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling , as well as a Master of Divinity both from Mercer University. Glenn has worked in the mental health field since 2017 providing individual therapy, family therapy, group work, and community services. He focuses on behavior concerns, anxiety, depression, identity issues, life transitions and religious trauma. He works largely with adolescents and young adults. Like a lot of therapists, he tends to be eclectic with his theoretical approach but he favors Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral ,and Existential approaches.

Glenn has a particular interest to help those who feel at odds with institutionalized religion or the church. Glenn believes everyone has their our own spirituality, whether we choose to belong to a religion or not, and we all seek to find a place. Religion is a source of redemption, direction, community, and empowerment. However, when grace, justice, and individual value are missing there arises a system of abuse and judgment that shuts down a central part of the human experience.

Glenn lives with his wife, new born son, and little dog, Layla. He loves running and binge-watching shows with his wife on the weekend.

Vanessa Guerrier, APC

Vanessa Guerrier, APC

Professional Counselor

Her/She
Vanessa@outoftheboxccc.com

Vanessa Guerrier is an Associate Professional Counselor with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clark Atlanta University. Vanessa’s passion for mental health counseling thrives from her own mental health journey. Vanessa made the decision to no longer face life challenges alone, after realizing how powerful it was to talk to someone about the struggles she was experiencing.

Since, Vanessa has intentionally worked in positions from groups homes, long-term residential, schools, private practice and most recently hospital setting to have a first hand look at what is it like to struggle with mental health in this society while perfecting her craft to provide services to those who have suffered the most. Vanessa has also continued to work with children and expanded her expertise and knowledge in working with adults and geriatrics populations.

Vanessa has devoted herself to using her knowledge and techniques to help clients gain coping skills and other strategies to overcome their traumas, disorders, negative emotions and help them in setting and accomplishing their own goals. Providing them hope and healing on their journey to happiness.

 

Dr. Eunyoung "Grace" Han

Dr. Eunyoung "Grace" Han

Music Therapist

Her/She
Han@outoftheboxccc.com                                                                                                                                        English/Korean

Eunyoung Grace Han, Ph.D., M.MT., M.Ed., is a multidisciplinary certified music therapist as well as a music educator and a clinical researcher in Korea and USA. Dr. Han is currently working as a clinical therapist for development disabilities, ADHD, ASD, trauma/PTSD, psychiatric, emotional disorder, and neurodegenerative patients as well as non-disabilities people at the national organizations, schools, hospitals, and prisons in USA, Korea, and UAE. She is currently teaching as an adjunct professor of music education and a clinical supervisor of music therapy in the university. Her clinical fields are focused on voice, singing, interconnectivity of cognition, emotion and motor, and neuropsychological approaches with therapeutic and educational musical intervention. She published several SCI(E) research articles related in depression, cognition, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, singing therapy, musical stimulus, and music related health IT devices. She is an editorial review board member of Music and Medicine research journal.

Dominique Jones, MA

Dominique Jones, MA

Postgrad Intern

Her/She
Dominque@outoftheboxccc.com 

Dominque received her Master of Science degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Clayton State University and attended Georgia Southern for her undergraduate education. Dominque has experience working with a multitude of populations, including minorities, veterans, and non-traditional college students. She takes a person-centered approach to therapy, while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions, adding hints of Mindfulness Meditation practices. In addition, Dominque also has a background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is a certified Registered Behavior Technician. Dominique has also contributed to research regarding individuals affected with autism.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ Community and a Black Woman, Dominque believes she has been provided with a unique outlook that she believes contributes to her passion for helping others and her pursuit to advocate for those who do not have a voice.

Jhadrian Lawrence, LMSW

Jhadrian Lawrence, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Her/She
Jhadrian@outoftheboxccc.com

Jhadrian Lawrence is a Licensed Master Social Worker, receiving her Graduate Degree from Florida State University. With seven years in the field, she is currently under supervision, in pursuit of Clinical Licensure. Although capable of working with a diverse population of demographics and issues, much of her work has focused on Adolescents, Young-Adults, and Families, with an emphasis on Behavior Issues, Family Conflict, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Self Esteem.

As we grow we find that the lens through which we view the world often shapes the path on which we journey. You will find this to be the case for Jhadrian as she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a core practice, in helping clients face everyday stressors. It is of great importance to her to create a safe space that fosters an open environment. Jhadrian genuinely believes that the most successful experience is one that is collaborative between her and the client.

Self-care is of the utmost importance to Jhadrian. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family which consists of her beautiful twin Daughter and Son, her Fiancé, and their Cat and Dog fur babies. She also enjoys taking in some fresh air and views while hiking, and capturing those moments via photography. And of course, let’s not forget to mention the DIY projects that she enjoys fearlessly conquering.

Maya McClure, MS

Maya McClure, MS

Postgrad Intern

Her/She
Maya@outoftheboxccc.com

Maya’s experience with Pre-teens, Adolescents, and Young Adults focuses on meeting clients at their stage of development and guiding them to navigate depression, anxiety, stress, social and relational challenges. Through personalized interventions, clients can develop emotional, communication, and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. She incorporates evidence-based approaches with culturally respectful insight. You can expect a respectful and collaborative therapeutic experience.

Maya’s specialties include depression, anxiety, stress, teen parenting, and youth development. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, humanistic, person-centered and culturally- sensitive practices.

Anita E. Mohanty-Barnes, LCSW

Anita E. Mohanty-Barnes, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Her/She
Anita@outoftheboxccc.com 

Bio coming soon!!

 

Emily Smith, LMSW

Emily Smith, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Her/She
emily@outoftheboxccc.com
Brainspotting Trained
GA, NC

Emily is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate with a Masters in Social Work and a concentration in Leadership Administration and Development. Emily hold licenses in both Georgia and North Carolina. Her experience comes from working in community based mental health agencies, residential programs, and wilderness therapy programs to support adolescents, young adults, and their families in crisis. Emily is also skilled in conflict resolution techniques and communication coaching.

Emily is passionate about helping adults and adolescents embark on their journey of rediscovery – whether that is discovery of self or discovery within relationships. Emily works from a developmental perspective to help bring individuals and their families to a place of balance and acceptance so they can continue on in their journeys of growth, together. Emily is Brainspotting trained, LGBTQIA+ affirming and Safe Zone certified. She utilizes a variety of modalities in her work including expressive arts, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, somatic experiencing techniques, and more. Emily believes that we’re all the keepers of our own answer, thus, she views herself as a tool for clients to engage in the exploration of self in order to accomplish their personal life goals.

Emily draws her energy from the natural world. She loves to spend time both alone and with family on a trail, in a kayak, and in the garden. Emily strongly believes in the healing power of animals, of which she has many, and loves to teach clients how to incorporate mindfulness and regulation techniques with their pets through an attachment-based framework. She enjoys creating and can be found painting a garage sale find, building a piece of art from another’s trash, or baking a pie just for the smells.

Kenya Smith, LMSW

Kenya Smith, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Her/She
Kenya@outoftheboxccc.com

Bio coming soon!!

 

Lorena Thomas, LPC

Lorena Thomas, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Her/She
Lorena@outoftheboxccc.com

Lorena is a Licensed Professional Counselor,  with over 18 years of experience in the Mental Health field including Case Management. She graduated from Troy University with a M.S in Counseling and Psychology in 2005. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC, with experience working with  adolescents, young adults,  and the geriatric population. Her experience includes  depression, anxiety, Dementia and chronic mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, other mood disorders.

Lorena also has experience working with adults and families. Her theoretical orientation is primarily based in Client Centered therapy, which allows clients to gain greater trust within him or herself, form healthier relationships, increase self esteem, and express their personal feelings and opinions. She also enjoys incorporating Gestalt therapy which is a client- centered approach to psychotherapy.

Lorena has real life experiences of trauma and sudden life changes in addition to being a natural “people person” which helps her to develop rapport quickly with clients which is beneficial for the counselor/client relationships. Lorena wants her clients to know she is here to ensure they will grow and gain insight and enlightenment throughout their counseling process. 

Outside of the office, Lorena loves to spend time with her son and daughter, family, and friends. She  enjoys reading, shopping online, watching law shows and suspense thriller movies. 

Darius Washington, MA

Darius Washington, MA

Postgrad Intern

He/Him
Darius@outoftheboxccc.com

Darius is a post-graduate intern with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. He describe his life purpose as serving clients that are misrepresented and underserved. Darius has a passion for serving people of color, marginalized populations, and adolescents with having a niche for various backgrounds. He has experience working with couples, families, and groups struggling with anxiety, depression, and severe and persistent mental illness. Through continuous research and supervision, It is his goal to provide quality counseling. With cultural competence and empathetic understanding, Darius meet his clients halfway in order to yield trackable and measurable treatment results.

Daruis adds value to the lives of others by developing relationships and building connections to bring mutual understanding. His gift is the ability to serve others in a fully committed and professional manner. With competence and evidence-based treatment, Darius works collaboratively with the client to build a therapeutic alliance to support their growth throughout the process.

Another one of Darius’ life purpose is to build a collective community through holistic counseling, health and wellness, spiritual development, and mutual understanding. He puts his self out there to be a resource for people looking to build better lives for themselves and their communities as an advocate of personal growth and development.

Rebecca Wilson, LMSW

Rebecca Wilson, LMSW

Social Worker

Her/She
Rebecca@outoftheboxccc.com

Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and an Masters Degree in Social Work with a clinical approach from West Virginia University. She is licensed in the state of GA to provide therapeutic techniques to benefit individuals and communities in need. Rebecca is certified in suicide prevention and also holds a certification in gambling addiction from the National Council of Problem Gambling.

Since a young child Rebecca has had a heart and a passion for helping people. Rebecca believes therapy should fit the individual not the reverse. Thus, she uses a range of modalities including Trauma Recovery, Solution Focus, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive- Behavioral Therapist, Systematic Desensitization and Aversion Therapy and has developed skills to successfully assess the proper intervention to heal painful past and present experience.

Rebecca’s experience includes working with populations addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as within the judicial system, helping juveniles to reduce the number of incarcerations through rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) to identify self defeating thoughts and feelings, and facilitating group therapy for individuals who are in active crisis as to reduce hospitalization and “out of home” placement.

Rebecca describes a true challenge and success of her career was while working with an adopted family of 14 children. The children were from two different backgrounds and experienced a wide range of trauma and neglect. Today, these children are now all adults and have adjusted well through Rebecca’s knowledge, care, and skill in trauma recovery therapy, drawings from traumatic events, sex education, crisis prevention intervention, and Gestalt therapy.

 

Timothy Whailen, LCSW

Timothy Whailen, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

He/Him
Timothy@outoftheboxccc.com

Timothy has been practicing psychotherapy for 3 years currently under the clinical supervision of Shannon Mathis Meyer, LCSW. His holistic approach to therapy is grounded in neuroscience and systems theory. Timothy combines traditional practices with the latest research to help his clients grow beyond the obstacles they currently find in their paths, but also to ensure clients have tools that they can use on a daily basis to effect measurable change in their lives.

Timothy is well versed in helping adults, young adults, families, couples, and groups, experiencing symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. He is also experienced with helping clients with stress management and relationships-related concerns. Timothy employs evidence-based treatment modalities including DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness practices.

Timothy believes in providing a safe environment for people of all walks of life. He is familiar with and support clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, non-traditional relationships, and those of non-mainstream religious affiliation. He takes pride in helping clients build stronger positive relationships, renew perspective, and step out of the box.