Our Staff


 

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

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

International Psychologist, Clinical Director

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

*NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*

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 resturants, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Ayanyah Ali

Ayanyah Ali

Office Support Team Supervisor

Her/She
Ayanah@outoftheboxccc.com 

Ayanah is originally from Queens, New York. She is currently earning her undergraduate degree in Health Science from South College, with asperations of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

In her free time, Ayanah enjoys spending time with son, reading books, and writing poetry. 

 

Leroy Bryan, AMFT

Leroy Bryan, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

He/Him

Leroy Bryan is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), who specializes in marriage, couple, family and individual counseling. He identifies as an integrative systems counselor, who also ascribe to the individual Cognitive and Behavioral Theory (CBT). We are all unique in our expression, experience of challenges, and value preferences, thus, he believes in incorporating different techniques, skills, and interventions to meet your needs. Leroy also work from a client-driven perspective in respecting your autonomy. Leroy collaborates with each client in disputing irrational beliefs that leads to emotional disturbances, and self-sabotaging behaviors. Leroy takes a holistic approach collaborating mind, body, and spiritual aspects to address concerns with self, family, community, society, and the institutions you interact with.

Leroy’s objective is to provide quality counseling services to assist clients in actualizing change, likewise, transcendence should you already be leading a satisfactory life; but need to explore your potential in other areas of interests. While working with Leroy, you can expect to feel valued, respected, and heard. As a committed counselor, Leroy is intentional in his approach. He strives to strengthen his principles and virtues so that he can honor your autonomy and be faithful to the therapeutic relationship.

 

 

 

Danielle Graves, APC

Danielle Graves, APC

Professional Counselor

Her/She
Danielle@outoftheboxccc.com 
EMDR Trained

*NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* 

 

Danielle is an Associate Professional Counselor and coach specializing in relationships and intimacy. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A.S. in Psychology in 2015, and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in 2020. She uses an eclectic approach to meet her client’s individual needs, with a basis in mindfulness, solution focused, and a person-centered approach. Working with Danielle as your counselor means diving deeper into where your motivations, thoughts, behaviors, and patterns come from. She has been trained in EMDR, biofeedback, neurofeedback, and somatic approaches for dealing with stress and trauma. She also has extensive experience working with multicultural individuals after completing her internship in Singapore, covering a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, and addiction.

When working with couples, she acknowledges that each couple has a unique expression of intimate partnership which involves a different set of boundaries, expectations, and commitments. She believes that it is important for partners to consciously create their own expectations and boundaries within their relationship. Expect to explore these issues through creative interventions, and enhanced communication strategies designed to deepen intimacy and trust.

Danielle’s mission through her work is to guide her clients towards self-fulfillment and embodiment of self-love, which will allow them to form deeper and more intimate connections with others.

Dr. Eunyoung "Grace" Han

Dr. Eunyoung "Grace" Han

Music Therapist

Her/She
Han@outoftheboxccc.com 

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, APC

Dominique Jones, APC

Professional Counselor

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. Additionally, Dominique has 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.

Sheena Kelly, APC

Sheena Kelly, APC

Marriage and Family Therapist

Her/She
Sheena@outoftheboxccc.com 

 

Sheena Kelly is an Associate Professional Counselor (APC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC), she graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling in 2017. Sheena has experience working in numerous clinical settings serving both adolescents and adults as well as families. Her passion lies in working with individuals, couples, parents, and families.  Sheen provide clients with non-judgmental listening, caring support, and a healthy dose of honest feedback and challenges to help clients achieve their goals. She combines various theoretical backgrounds of therapy, to her approach to the client and the situation. Sheens’ philosophy is “One size-fits-all doesn’t apply to therapy any more than it does to clothes!” 

Sheena is passionate about empowering clients with the resources to promote positive changes in their lives. She assist clients through restructuring thoughts and unpacking bags that weigh them down so that clients are able to live in a more enjoyable way. Sheena strives to assist her clients with overcoming tough struggles and challenges that  lead to relational dysfunction. 

Over the past 4 years of working with couples, families, and individuals, Sheena has learned that these relationships and encounters can also be trying and stressful. It is her desire to partner with her clients to overcome challenges or life to live their BEST life!

 

Jonita "Nita"  McKinney, LMSW, HS-BCP

Jonita "Nita" McKinney, LMSW, HS-BCP

Social Worker

Her/She
Nita@outoftheboxccc.com 

Jonita, affectionately known as “Nita” is also a human services board-certified practitioner, 6 years of experience within the field of mental health. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Saint Leo University and earned her Master of Social Work with a focus on mental health and wellness from Clark Atlanta University. Nita wholeheartedly believes that mental health practice is what she is purposed and meant to do with her life. To that end, she is not only passionate about helping clients reach their optimal mental health, but feels it is the essence of her life’s work. Nita centers her practices on each clients’ individuality, unique needs and comfortability. She believes that trust and respect are paramount to a successful client relationship and is extremely passionate about ensuring that each client reaches their full potential.

Nita specializes in trauma informed care, Experiential Therapy and Mindfulness-based practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral-based practices (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys working with families because she believes that if the family unit is strengthened that gives children the best opportunities to thrive. Nita is LGBTQIA+ affirming, utilizes emotional intelligence when working with clients and specializes in wholistic multidisciplinary approaches to achieve mental health and overall wellness.

Nita is a native of East St. Louis, IL. She and her wife have four wonderful children and two amazing dogs. Nita has a competitive spirit and enjoys coaching her children’s softball and cheerleading teams. She also teaches at-risk youth how they can use dance and the arts as a means to address a myriad of mental and behavioral issues.

Anita E. Mohanty-Barnes, LCSW

Anita E. Mohanty-Barnes, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Her/She
Anita@outoftheboxccc.com 

Bio coming soon!!

 

Dr. Kimberly Natson, CPMHNP

Dr. Kimberly Natson, CPMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

She/Her
Kimberly@outoftheboxccc.com 

Dr. Kimberly Natson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked as a Registered Nurse for over twelve years. Dr. Natson worked approximately seven years as a Mental Health Nurse at the state Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta, Ga. She has also been a nurse educator for six years. In 2018, she developed Global Mentality and Global Mentality Inc. These companies were developed to spread mental health awareness and break the stigma associated with psychiatric illnesses.

Dr. Natson is extremely passionate about serving the community and improving access to care for all individuals. She currently practices as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner both Louisiana and Ga. She looks forward to serving you.

Damaris Scott, LCSW

Damaris Scott, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Her/She
Damaras@outoftheboxccc.com 

Damaris Scott is a bilingual/bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker of Puerto Rican descent. She was born and raised in Connecticut and started her career in social work career in 2003. During this time, she worked in various populations including substance abuse, severe mental health residential programs, and the elderly. In 2004, Damaris, discovered her passion for working with children and families within a Child Protective Service (CPS) system and has learned a plethora of information regarding development, family dynamics, and trauma within the child and family system.

After 14 years in the field, Damaris wanted to do more, thus she pursued clinical experience to become a clinical social worker. Damaris continues to work with children, adolescents, couples, and families as a clinician and a doula. Damaris is passionate about providing mental healthcare treatment to all in need. She uses her experience as a wife (in a biracial marriage), mother of 5, including triplets, and being a part of a large blended family to help understand the needs of others. Her focus is on helping identify trauma, foster healing and growth, and reduce stigma on mental health.

Barrett Smith, LMSW

Barrett Smith, LMSW

Social Worker

He/Him
Barrett@outoftheboxccc.com 

Barrett is a first-year student in the Clinical Master’s Social Worker program at the University of Georgia (UGA). Barrett has worked in the social services and nonprofit field for the past 10 years and as a dedicated Christian Pastor for 4 years. In clinical practice, Barrett utilizes a dynamic, evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as he takes a client-centered, flexible, collaborative, and holistic therapeutic approach to meet the mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of each individual client.

In his leisure, Barrett enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, basketball, and international travel. Barrett believes that lessons learned from international travel has shaped his worldview and therapeutic approach. Barrett currently spends his free time learn to fiddle with a ukulele and mandolin and playing with his newly adopted dog Lili.

 

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. 

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.

Sara Zambo, APC

Sara Zambo, APC

Professional Counselor

Her/She
Sara@outoftheboxccc.com

*NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* 

Sara is an Associate Professional Counselor, she graduated from Tiffin University with a BCJ in Forensic Psychology in 2016 and from Mercer University with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Sara has experience working with young adults experiencing trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, grief/loss, adjustment, and issues with self-esteem, identity, and relationships. Sara believes taking a person-centered approach creates a strong client-counselor relationship. In addition to taking a person-centered, she also incorporates techniques from CBT, DBT, and Narrative therapy as needed to address client’s unique needs and world view.

Sara is married and a dog-mom to 3 wonderful dogs! She enjoys being active and enjoying life to its fullest! Sara is not only passionate about life, but is also passionate about helping clients create a new path to self-acceptance, self-compassion, and fulfillment