Our Team

Focused Solutions’ Providers and Consultants are licensed at the highest level with extensive clinical practice experience for a diverse range of clients. Collectively, our team represents a wealth of knowledge in the treatment of mental health problems, substance abuse, trauma, and abuse, as well as expertise in the areas of workplace, parenting, and other daily living challenges.  Both in-person and video visits are available to our clients.

Maryland

Janet Hosford-Lamb, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, SAP, President and Founder of Focused Solutions LLC

For over 20 years, Janet has specialized in Employee Assistance Services for nationally known organizations, while providing substance abuse treatment and counseling for individuals with depression and anxiety disorders, work/life balance, trauma, and more. She’s passionate about helping business leaders strengthen their teams and assisting individuals and families achieve change through a strengths-based treatment perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based techniques.

Janet has been highly active across many areas of the social work field throughout her entire career, co-writing an article on workplace behavioral consultations for Social Work Today Magazine and contributing to the education of aspiring social workers — collaborating with institutions such as Towson University’s Family Studies Program and University of Maryland School of Social Work. Janet also helps Masters Program students complete clinical hours as a faculty field liaison for the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, in addition to having taught Advanced Clinical Employee Assistance Interventions to experienced behavioral health providers through Catholic University.
Improving the accessibility of mental health services has also been a driver throughout Janet’s career as she offers clinical and operational expertise regarding EAP audits for Masi Research Consultant client organizations. While facilitating national and international training for large provider networks and behavioral workplace consultations for other organizations, Janet has built her own successful business which was acknowledged by The Who’s Who Award for Entrepreneurs in 2012.

Jenny McCormick, MSW, LCSW-C


Jenny has an eclectic professional background which has benefited her clients for more than 25 years.  With a history of incorporating cognitive behavioral and supportive therapy, as well as mindfulness approaches, Jenny supports a variety of pathways to improve the quality of life of her clients, particularly during times of crisis or transition. She also helps to guide her clients on their path towards spiritual growth. Jenny has also received training in using yoga for depression and anxiety.

Currently, Jenny is providing onsite and virtual Post Traumatic Intervention services for Focused Solutions by supporting managers and employees through workplace emergencies.  Jenny also enjoys providing a separate service creating efficient personalized systems for client customers seeking support for home and office organizing and downsizing.  She enjoys creating peaceful and comfortable spaces to live and work well!

Marcie A. Lovell, MSW, LCSW-C


Marcie has been working with adults, children and families in the field of social work since 1996. Her 20 years of experience in the foster and adoption areas have fostered a specialty in attachment-related issues and early childhood trauma. She is highly-skilled in working with anxiety, mood disorders, and adjustment related issues, in addition to phase of life issues, grief, and work/life balance, in which she takes a direct, supportive, and interactive approach with all of her clients. When she’s not helping others as a social worker, Marcie is also a fitness instructor, dedicated to promoting an overall sense of well-being, both physically and mentally.

Sandy Rappeport, MSW, LCSW-C


Sandy has over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples through both her own therapeutic practice and various “middle management” positions throughout her career. She specializes in working with people who have experienced domestic violence, childhood trauma, substance abuse, work-related management problems, adoption/foster care, and gay/lesbian issues, while also assisting individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, and challenging life changes. Sandy uses traditional “talk therapy” and a mind/body centered approach, guided by the personal mindset that it is a privilege to walk with someone on his/her “life path.”

Ericka Lee, MSW, LCSW-C


Ericka Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who believes in the intrinsic right of individuals and families to live up to their truest potential. With over 15 years of experience, she understands the importance of recognizing how every patient is unique and requires therapeutic support that is tailored to meet their specific experiences with grief, loss, separation, and adjustments to difficult life events. Drawing from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), theories on grief, loss, and attachment, Ericka partners with her clients to build their skills and capacity to change thought patterns and/or behaviors that may prevent them from meeting their potential as individuals and as families.

Megan Khalil, LCPC


Megan has been a behavioral health provider since 2013, while receiving a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she has worked with many children, adolescents, and adults coping with anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, trauma, life transitions, and stress disorders. Megan’s interventions stem from a background in cognitive behavioral and supportive counseling, proving a strong ability to connect with diverse types of people and help them build the skills they need to make progress in their lives.

Marissa Josiah, LCPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Marissa specializes in trauma/abuse/PTSD, grief and loss, Crisis Intervention, Workplace Development & Intervention, and EAP Consultation with notable experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, and stress Management. After attaining her post-Masters Trauma Certification from the University of West Virginia, and a Critical Incident Stress Management Certification from the University of Baltimore, Marissa refined her collaborative and explorative approach, engaging with each client as an equal partner in the therapeutic process. Her solution-focused interventions are complemented by a psychoanalytic process for understanding her clients, examining motivations, patterns of behavior and histories in order to offer an educated assessment and create solutions that can be implemented into their daily routine.

Louis Straker, MSW, LCSW-C


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, Louis has experience in a variety of work settings, including community outpatient mental health centers, a home-based treatment program, a school for children/adolescents with special needs and private practice.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and earned his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, he finished a fellowship program at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and now serves as Treasurer on the board of directors of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. With a strong focus in psychodynamic therapy approaches, Louis is predominantly interested in helping individuals who are dealing with trauma, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues. He believes placing an emphasis on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients is an essential component for working towards change.

Jeffrey Huber, D.O.M., LA.c.

As a licensed practitioner, Jeff has exceptional experience working with patients and seeing their lives improve through relief from chronic conditions such as depression, pain, anxiety disorders, and diabetes. Since earning his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, he now utilizes his skills to help patients transform their lives as a trained Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist.

Jeff has a particular interest in helping survivors of trauma gain tools to become empowered in their adult lives, supporting patient’s greatest gifts and potential. His treatment philosophy is that Chinese medicine not only heals physical symptoms and pain, but also allows individuals to transcend the emotional, spiritual, and psychological frustrations that often accompany contemporary life.

Siri Shaw, LCPC


Siri has been working as a behavioral health professional since 1983 after graduating with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland, and National Certified Counselor (NC) focusing on stress-related issues, she has developed skills in a variety of mind/body, mindfulness/meditative and cognitive behavioral techniques in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship. Siri easily connects with people with a specialty in helping those with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, emotional dysregulation and adjustment to major life changes.

Erin Mannion, LCSW-C


Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with vast experience throughout her career working with people struggling from a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and general life stressors, as well as those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders, including Schizophrenia. She approaches therapy with an openness to the process and a conviction that change is possible, believing strongly that therapy provides an opportunity to learn more about yourself and be more effective with your goals in life.

Utilizing some elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques, as well as Solution-Focused Treatment, Erin’s expertise spans to help survivors of trauma, including survivors of child abuse and neglect and survivors or witnesses of intimate partner violence, as well as members of the LGBTQ community and individuals in non-traditional romantic relationships. She is completely open-minded and takes an eclectic therapeutic approach including different therapeutic models to help provide her clients with the support and skills they can implement in their everyday lives to get through difficult periods. Erin also loves exploring Baltimore, knitting, listening to music, and enjoying delicious cheese.

Ramonte Crowder, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, SAP


Ramonte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maryland and Virginia. Since entering the behavioral health field in 2012, he has developed a broad range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings — including military institutions, schools, and healthcare. Since obtaining his Master’s degree in Social Work with both a clinical and policy analysis focus from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work, his work and experience has focused on treating anxiety, cultural issues, grief/loss, work issues, and the inability to self-regulate moods. Ramont utilizes techniques strongly adapted from the strength-based approach as well as CBT as he helps empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles and improve their overall satisfaction with life.

Stephanie Junghans, LCPC

Stephanie received her Masters of Science in Counseling in 2013 from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Stephanie’s therapeutic style includes facets of CBT , and incorporates a variety of techniques based on her client’s individual needs, including mindfulness, drawing, play therapy and strength- based approaches. Using active conversation and encouragement, Stephanie’s collaborative, client-centered approach helps her clients gain a sense of their own individuality and uniqueness. Her support helps to create a safe, trusting environment where her clients can work on decreasing anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and feel more connected to themselves, others and their community.

Stephanie has past experience in a middle school setting as a child and family therapist, and currently works with children, adolescents, and adults at all stages of their lives.

Michele Noble, LCPC

Michele received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and Master’s degrees from Marymount University in both Forensic and Legal Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently dual-licensed as an LPC in Virginia and LCPC in Maryland. She is also currently working toward a certification as a sex offender treatment provider. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical capacities. She has worked as an intensive in-home counselor, a therapeutic day treatment specialist with an elementary school, a counselor with a residential for adults, and a therapist in both an acute hospital and residential treatment program with children and adolescents. Michele utilizes various therapeutic techniques based off the individual’s needs including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT), person centered therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness while focusing on the overall well-being of the individual.

Ruth Shor-Jannati, LCSW-C

Ruth is as psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar symptoms. Ms. Shor- Jannati also utilizes many approaches including verbal and non-verbal techniques based on development theoretical point of view. Ruth values and develops trust with her clients with the use of deep empathy for each person’s emotional journey. Ms. Shor-Jannati works with adults between ages of 21-85.

Dr. Marika Martin, LMFT

Dr. Marika Martin is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Family Life Educator who has worked with couples, individuals, and families for over seventeen years.  Dr. Martin believes it is a privilege to be part of an individual’s mental health journey.  She does not take her role for granted, as she knows that each person she approaches is the expert of his or her life. A systems thinker, Dr. Martin appreciates working with her patients from a holistic perspective.  

Dr. Martin earned her doctorate and Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University in Lubbock (Texas), in addition to her Master of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from Miami University in Oxford (Ohio). She has training and experience in the following areas:  Marital, Couple and Family Therapy, Law Enforcement, Critical Incident Debriefing Groups, EMDR, Trauma Treatment, Strategies for Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Sand Play Therapy, Child Play Therapy, Parenting Education, Anger Management for Children, Brain Gym.    

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family —Virginia Satir  

Ryan Dietsch, LCPC

Ryan has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2006. He earned his Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University. He has experience working with adults suffering from anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, and grief. Ryan will work with you to explore your holistic needs, including your emotional, spiritual, physical, and social wellbeing. He uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help people find a better way to overcome anxiety or depression and solve their personal issues. 

Portia Rouse, LCSW-C

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Black female therapist with a background in community and schoolbased counseling in Baltimore City and surrounding areas. I have a history of working with people of all ages and backgrounds, but I specialize in working with Black adolescents and young/middle aged adults. My experience has been helping people with a range of concerns that include, but are not limited to depression, ADHD, parenting issues, family conflict, behavioral disorders and selfesteem issues.  
 
My therapy style is warm and interactive. That means I do everything from my soul to help people heal theirs. I believe in providing safe spaces by addressing what the client and/or parent believes is best for them and their child (with their child’s input). My approach is person-centered and strengths-based with a combination of rational-emotive cognitive behavioral therapy. 
 
If you are ready to take the first step in improving your *mind over your matters* I am here to help. 
 
I applaud you, and I look forward to working with you. 

Jasmine Savoy, LCSW-C

Jasmine received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Towson University and Master’s in Social Work from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has experience in providing therapy to school aged youth and adolescents. She is passionate about decreasing the stigma on mental health and promoting a healthy social/emotional wellbeing, especially among youth and young adults in underserved communities. She specializes in depression, anxiety, and crisis intervention through the use of CBT and solution-focused therapy. Her goal is to empower people and assist them with developing adaptive skills to improve their quality of life.  

Ashley Woods, LCSW-C

Ashley has been a practicing clinician for 10+ years, providing services to children, adolescents, couples, and families. Her work with clients in Baltimore City has influenced a holistic approach to therapy, as she has learned throughout the years about the interdependence of each part of our lives– psychological, social, behavioral, spiritual, etc.  In therapy, Ashley will encourage you to explore these areas in new ways and to find therapy to be a non-judgmental, confidential, safe space for you to gain new tools to persevere in life. Ashley has a particular interest in working with women of color who are impacted by complex trauma including racial trauma. Ashley is a licensed clinical social worker, and she is also a board approved supervisor.  

Stephanie Gianni, LA.c.

Stephanie Gianni, LA.c. began her training at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) in 2016, going on to earn her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Acupuncture. Stephanie found Acupuncture on her personal wellness and healing journey. After receiving treatment, she felt called to learn the medicine that brought ease and joy back into her life. Stephanie’s passion and specialty is working with individuals suffering from dual diagnosis concerns including; addictions/alcoholism, withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and insomnia. She maintains focus on the client as a whole and unique individual in body, mind, and spirit.

Stephanie has clinical experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), mobility concerns, diabetes, sports injuries, Gastrointestinal (GI) concerns, candida, women’s health concerns (including endometriosis, painful periods/cramps, ovarian cysts, fibroids, PCOS, fertility, etc.), depression, mood swings, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, stress, high blood pressure, scar treatment, migraines, tension type headaches, pain (including but not limited to neck strain, back pain, knee pain, joint pain, muscle strain), sleep disturbances/trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, cravings (including food, smoking, etc.), addiction, alcoholism, withdrawal, Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), and many more. If you have questions about how acupuncture can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to Stephanie.

Tennessee

Tarrah Bonaparte, LCSW-C, LCSW


Since finding her calling in the Social Work field in 2003, Tarrah has assisted individuals with difficulty managing life stressors and transitions. As the Practice Manager for Brentwood, TN, Tarrah is particularly interested in supporting clients with relationship issues, marital health, and those needing intervention to help them to cope with depression, utilizing cognitive-behavioral and task-oriented approaches to facilitate growth and change.

Don Winkler, MSW, LCSW


Don brings an extensive background working with the active duty and retired military population to our Brentwood practice. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Social Work and becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005, Don has served as a substance abuse counselor at Army installations in Germany, South Korea and Virginia, and a Military and Family Life Counselor.

Don takes an eclectic clinical approach that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and positive psychology. He focuses primarily on addictions, EAP services, and counseling for individuals and couples navigating life’s transitions, as well as grief, stress and anger management. His calming and optimistic presence exudes a sense of warmth, empathy, and genuineness as he aims to empower his clients to discover and utilize their inner strengths to experience healing and growth.

Gianna Thacker, LCSW

For over 20 years, Gianna has worked with an extensive spectrum of patients from the very young to the elderly, to an individual with a very serious mental or physical illness to someone just seeking help navigating life’s tough decisions. After obtaining her LCSW from the University of Georgia, she diversified her expertise through experiences helping clients at a smaller Psychiatric facility to a major, highly-regarded hospital, specializing in depression, anxiety, stress, medical issues, bi-polar, schizophrenia, sexual issues, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, anger management, boundaries and communication.

Gianna’s counseling philosophy is based on the importance of relationships and perception, proven by her compassion and commitment to her clients. She truly enjoys helping her clients discover the peace and tranquility they deserve by always looking “outside the box” and constantly learning new ways to help clients see the world in a different light.

Michelle Stark, LCSW

Michelle is a seasoned psychotherapist who began her journey in Maryland. Michelle initially received her training at the University of Maryland and relocated to California in 1999. She is now looking forward to working with you, in Tennessee. She has vast experience with many different populations and has worked in almost every serving needing a social worker. She has worked extensively with adolescents/teen mothers and the medically fragile. She is the mother of one son who is the pride and joy of her life. Michelle matches her therapeutic approach based on what would benefit her clients to achieve their ultimate goals and improve interpersonal relationships. Michelle refers to herself as the “Patch Adams of social work/psychotherapy” as she has a very unique and dynamic approach to getting through to her clients and being a catalyst for the changes they most want to see. Please contact us to start your journey with Michelle.

Sheila L. Taylor, LPC-MHSP

Sheila is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has “purposefully” placed herself in various positions so that she can be well rounded and experienced in various therapy settings. Sheila has experience in providing counseling from a holistic perspective which addressed the client’s needs, mind, body, and spirit. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth, adolescents, as well as adult individuals. 

In her experience of providing therapy with various individuals Sheila feels most successful working with individuals who are experiencing life stressors and transitions. Beyond mental health therapy, Sheila is experienced in adoptions counseling, premarital counseling, pastoral support, blended family counseling, and community reentry counseling. Sheila finds she does work best with clients struggling with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss or life transitions 

She has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Trauma Focused and Solution-Focused CBT). Other Treatment modalities Sheila utilizes (depending on the needs of the client), include Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Person-Centered Therapy. 

Personally, Sheila enjoys reading, cooking, walking, and spending time with her family.  Sheila has three adult children and 2 (soon to be 3) grandchildren. 

Nicole West, LMFT

Nicole West is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of Memphis and a Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University. Nicole has provided individual, couples, and family therapy since 2007. She has completed research with the Shelby County Juvenile Justice Department, the Memphis Family Connection Center’s Parent Education program, and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Health and Justice-Involved Youth. Nicole also has a passion for treating those who have been impacted by trauma. Nicole is trained in EMDR therapy and has recently applied to become a certified play therapist. 

Virginia

Alissa Murray, MSW, LCSW-C


As the Practice Manager for our Richmond office, Alissa’s therapeutic practice uses evidence-based techniques that integrate an honest, empathic, and collaborative approach. After receiving her Bachelor’s from Wheelock College in Boston (recently acquired by Boston University), she began practicing in 2009 while pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in NYC. Alissa specializes in helping individuals with trauma and addiction issues to identify and achieve personal goals in a nonjudgmental setting. She also has extensive experience assisting adolescents with behavioral issues, as well as individuals suffering from mood disorders like anxiety and depression or coping with grief, loss, life changes, and interpersonal conflicts.

Alissa is licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia, and conducts sessions both in-person and via telehealth for her clients.

Melissa Back Tamburo, PhD, LCSW, CEAP

Melissa brings over 30 years of leadership, academic, clinical, and account management experience in employee assistance and work/life programs to our practice. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional, her areas of focus include working with adolescents and parents challenged with stressors including anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, transitions between stages of life, womens’ issues, and career/work challenges. Melissa currently serves as the Director of Optima EAP — a Virginia-based EAP that serves over 340,000 members — and maintains a small private clinical practice, while holding a Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Theresa A. Picone, LPC


After initially working in the financial industry, Theresa found her true calling in the behavioral health field following a passion of helping others in their pursuit of a healthy, happy, fulfilling lives and developing relationships with others, both personally and professionally. Since obtaining a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics from Gordon College in Boston and a Master’s in Counseling/Psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier, VT, she’s spent over 15 years in the field through direct service, acute care, management and operations.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Vermont, Theresa also helps individuals as a Certified Employee Assistance Counselor and a Certified Money Coach with training in Critical Incident Stress Management, having provided on-site support after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2006. She understands that no single approach is successful for all and prides herself in being person-centered. Theresa strongly believes it is important for individuals to “do what makes your soul happy” and not allow their struggles and stressors define who they are.

Renee Totten, LPC

Renee is a licensed therapist that has been working with children and families since 2000. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in Richmond Virginia. She has worked with families in crisis, and has helped guide them through those tough times. She uses CBT and DBT as a therapy style, however, allows the client to take the lead on their treatment. Renee likes to guide her clients through their treatment and believes that it is important to follow the needs of her clients.

Brandi Long, LCPC


Brandi is a licensed professional counselor. Ms. Long has extensive experience treating people with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse and dependence, and relationship difficulties. Brandi is trained in a variety of cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and mindfulness-based therapy approaches with an emphasis on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). While ACT is the approach Ms. Long primarily works from, she is adaptive and sensitive to each individual’s needs and will incorporate her training and experience with a number of different evidence-based practices including DBT, CBT, Solution-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Brandi helps her clients learn practical skills to overcome difficult thoughts and feelings and take steps to recognize and change behavior and thought patterns and that are no longer working in your life.

Marianne Lopez, LCSW

Marianne Redmond Lopez is is a passionate licensed LCSW with expertise in treating adults with symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, narcissistic abuse syndrome, borderline personality, PTSD, relationship struggles, addictions (of all kinds) and mental health distress from medical conditions. She provides therapy using evidence-based interventions and approaches her practice with empathy, collaboration, genuineness, respect, humor and honesty. 

Washington DC

Sharon Light, LICSW, LCSW-C


Sharon Light is a clinical social worker, mindfulness instructor and certified Reiki practitioner with a Masters of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2014. After a 13-year career in TV media, Sharon transitioned from working in the corporate world to doing the work she was meant to do – helping and healing.

Sharon brings warmth, empathy and a holistic perspective to her practice with a passion for whole-body wellness, empowering her clients to identify attainable goals and to make the changes they desire. Her skills in mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and solutions-focused models has enabled her to help clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, stress, relationship issues and life transitions. In addition to her clinical practice, Sharon teaches mindfulness workshops to help individuals recognize the benefits of “slowing down” in the moment so they have the opportunity to better relate to conflict.

Karen Reyes-Negron, LICSW, LCSW-C


Karen is an empathic clinician who has almost 20 years working with adults in both English and Spanish. She holds clinical licenses in DC, MD and NY. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University and her Master’s in Social Work from New York University (NYU).  Karen has extensive experience helping individuals with an array of diagnoses including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. She has worked with the elderly, those suffering from trauma and those simply experiencing a difficult time in their lives. She has worked with clients is settings such as outpatient mental health clinics, homeless shelters and Adult Protective Services. In all of these settings, Karen has helped ameliorate her client’s relationships and quality of life. In an emotionally safe and supportive environment, she works with clients to find a model with which they feel comfortable and which will facilitate personal growth. Karen’s specialties are in insight-oriented and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. She also offers a faith-based perspective for those individuals whose spiritual beliefs play an important role in life.

Willetta Wilson, LMFT

Waltrina Stancell, LPC

I am an independently licensed clinician in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. I have over ten years of experience in mental health and addictions counseling. I am a graduate of Howard University and Boston University School of Medicine. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I use a person-centered approach emphasizing the importance of the therapist/client relationship, along with a cognitive behavioral approach to explore the thought patterns related to the challenging emotions and behaviors. 

I provide a warm and safe environment for clients to process their thoughts and feelings and works collaboratively to identify and mediate stressors. I am also a strong advocate for self-care and guide clients in understanding the importance of caring for themselves amid managing phase of life issues. 

Taking the first steps to initiate the therapy process can be challenging. I look forward to collaborating with you and getting an understanding of your experiences and personal goals. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Brittany Carter, LPC

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Brittany Carter began her journey in the mental health field working with children on the autism spectrum and soon ventured into counseling a wide range of clinical diagnoses. She is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, and completed her internship specializing in counseling adolescents and adults populations from diverse backgrounds. 

Brittany’s previous experience includes providing wrap-around services to high acuity individuals struggling with several mental health diagnoses, including substance use disorders and dual diagnoses. Before joining the Focus Solution team she was a certified addiction counselor working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. She has been trained in a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered approach.