Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi, PhD "Dr. O"
International Psychologist, Clinical Director
*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.
Leroy Bryan, AMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
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.
Whitney Carrol, APC
Certified Yoga Instructor
Whitney is a Associate Professional Counselor, she graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with a BS in Clinical Psychology in 2017 and from Mercer University with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. Whitney is also a certified yoga instructor, completing 200-hours in yoga teacher training at Ebb and Flow Yoga, Spa, & Float in 2017.
Whitney has experience working with adolescent, young adult, and adult women in the field of substance abuse, eating disorders, mood disorders, depression, and anxiety. Whitney believes in mind and body works and incorporates her yoga teachings into her counseling where appropriate. Whitney strongly believes that a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental environment is a place that fosters acceptance and growth. Thus, she understands the importance of offering a compassionate ear, a variety of coping skills, and a safe place to process emotions.
Whitney is a mother, spouse, avid reader of crime fiction novels, counselor, yogi, daughter, and friend. Most importantly, she says “I am human, and I understand how difficult being human can be”. This helps her to bring compassion and understand to every session.
Evelyn Ellington, APC
Evelyn Ellington is a Associate Professional Counselor, she graduated from Mercer University with a B.A.S. in Organizational Leadership in 2016, and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2020. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor through NCC, with experience working with youth and adolescents experiencing trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Evelyn also has experience working with adults, couples, and families impacted by trauma. Evelyn’s theoretical orientation is primarily based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which allows clients to change their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and substitute them with a more positive approach. She also enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques, where believes in the foundation of breathing to allows the client to regroup.
Outside of the office, Evelyn loves to cook and try new recipes, as well as spend time with family and friends. She enjoys reading for pleasure, and has a long to-do list of exciting and interesting books to read.
Evelyn takes a non-biased approach to therapy, which she believes helps clients feel at ease, as well as, establish a beneficial counselor/client relationship. Evelyn states that it is important for her clients to know that she is vested in their journey and will work hard to ensure that they can grow throughout the process.
Danielle Graves, APC
Danielle is a 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.
Eunyoung "Grace" Han, PhD
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.
Jonita "Nita" McKinney, LMSW, HS-BCP
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
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bio coming soon!!
Candace Prescott, APC
Candace is a pre-licensed professional counselor specializing in sex therapy. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Science in 2009, a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 2011, and a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2021. Candace is devoted to helping clients find their balance by drawing from different techniques such as: existential / humanistic therapy, person-centered therapy, feminists’ therapy, solution-focused therapy, reality therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. This eclectic approach allows Candace to give her clients a therapeutic experience that is specialized to fit their specific needs. She believes that walking into therapy is the first step to “Doing The Work”, healing and starting a new chapter isn’t easy, but it leads to a journey that is full of new choices and opportunities.
Candace’s clinical areas of focus are adults, couples, LGBTQ+ individuals and geriatric populations experiencing depression, anxiety, shame, mood disorder, self-esteem, and life transitions, as well as sexual identity, sexual orientation, sexual Function and Dysfunction, trauma, parenting, and relationship related-issues. Candace believes in the importance of creating a safe environment and allowing clients to be free to express their issues and concerns without judgment. She also believes in order to grow and thrive, one must draw from their strengths and natural pain.
Candace is a mother of two and believes her role as a mom strengthens her as a leader, listener and advocate. Her natural nurturing ability helps her clients to gain the skills and knowledge to create positive changes and walk in their purpose. Candace is dedicated to providing best practices and helping clients find their voice and confidence to soar to new heights personally and professionally.
Damaris Scott, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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 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.
Andrea Steen, LMSW
Andrea D. Steen is a Masters level Social Worker who hails from Selma, AL. She attended Alabama State University on a music scholarship and later changed majors to social work. After graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Andrea worked for the Department of Human Resources of Alabama. Andrea later relocated to Michigan and worked with a local agency to help reunify and preserve families after children had been removed from parental custody for physical, emotional and/or substance abuse.
Andrea earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Wayne State with a concentration in Interpersonal Therapy. Andrea’s experience includes working in out-patient treatment facilities with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children with substance abuse disorder, family reunification, depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavior disorders.
Andrea is passionate about her work and helping others overcome challenges and thrive in life. Andrea is a huge advocate for self-care and has coined the phase “Self-care Sundays” where she enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching movies on Netflix, and getting mani’s and pedi’s.
Lorena Thomas, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
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, LMSW
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 is a 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
Psychiatric Nurse, Intern
Amara is a first-generation Nigerian-American. She is a registered nurse pursuing her dreams of becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Amara obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2015. She also studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. While in Australia, Amara became actively involved in wildlife preservation and habitat for humanity. Over the past five years, Amara has worked in ambulatory surgery as well as adult and pediatric psychiatry. Amara utilizes her holistic skills to nurture and treat the mind, body and soul. Amara believes that culturally competent care is essential in all aspects of care.
Amara is a full-time aunt, friend, and sister to many around the world. She enjoys documentaries and motivational novels. She also enjoys embroidery, arts and crafts, suspense thrillers, and traveling the tropics!
Office Support Team
Office Support Team Supervisor
Teagan received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She is passionate about making mental health resources accessible, affordable, and effective. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, and visiting art museums.
Janina Akporavbare is passionate about helping others and has aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist. Janina enjoys reading, writing, and watching television. Janina lives for anything horror. Her bookshelf is full of Stephen King classics and she never misses the new release of horror movies, dragging her family to go and watch them with her. Janina also enjoys music. She loves musical theatre and her favorite musical is Dear Evan Hansen. She enjoys the musical’s inspiring message, entertaining characters, and heart-aching songs.
Daisha is a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Pre-Med. She is passionate about mental health and aspires to achieve her goal of becoming a psychiatrist. When not in school, Daisha enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and spending time with close friends and family.
Milan Mistry is a Junior at Rhodes College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. He has plans to continue onto medical school to become a psychiatrist. Milan has witnessed the scientific effects of mental health on the body, and has a strong desire to apply his education and experience to improve the quality of life of patients.
Milan enjoys getting to know people from all walks of life which is a primary reason he became a tour guide for Rhodes College. He enjoys singing, football, and basketball and has participated in musicals and choirs since elementary school. His time living in underserved communities has made him even more aware of the issues facing underserved population and the importance of getting help no matter the circumstances.
Subha Sundaram is a passionate problem solver, compassionate and empathetic person with a year of philanthropy and volunteering experience. He is a Grade 2 Level Piano player, loves to teach Math, play Basketball, and travel the world. Currently, Subha has travelled to approximately 15 countries and counting!