OUR CLINICIANS

Our Philosophy

All of our clinical staff are licensed mental health professionals. Each clinician practices from a modality that is best suited to meet the needs of the individual and/or family serviced. Additionally, each clinician is trained in Choice Theory. Here at CCS, we believe in healing through the power of choice. Our clinicians have experience working with children and adults in the individual, family and group setting. Choice Clinical Services strives to meet the needs of the community we serve. In that effort, we offer evening and weekend hours by appointment.

Taylor C. Cole, LCSW-C - Clinical Director - Greenbelt

Our founder and CEO is also a practicing clinician on staff. She graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2009. Taylor is a licensed in the State of Maryland as an LCSW-C and is also a board certified supervisor. Taylor’s vision and reason for starting CCS was to promote a safe and positive environment to service the needs of the community by providing an empowering opportunity for individuals and families to evoke positive change within themselves and in their life.

Jacqueline Fournier, LCSW-C - Clinical Director - Baltimore Ave

Jacqueline has been working in the mental health field since 2007, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. In 2010 she graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and now holds a LCSW-C license in Maryland. Over the years she has served a wide range of populations and worked with a variety of mental health issues. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, those in the foster care system, and families of diverse backgrounds.

Darnise Bailey, LCPC - Therapist - Baltimore Ave

Darnise is a Chicago native with a passion for mental health. She received her B.S in Psychology from Howard University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Darnise is licensed in the state of Maryland as a LCPC. She practices from a modality of client centered, while combining motivational interviewing, CBT and behavioral therapy.

Darnise has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Throughout her career, she has supported individuals and families dealing with varying diagnoses. Darnise is also skilled at helping those without a diagnosis identify the tools to help them work through difficult challenges in life. Darnise believes in a safe, open and nonjudgmental space to learn/practice coping skills and strengthen insight/awareness. 

Kimberly Baumgartner, LMSW - Therapist - Knox Road

My approach to therapy is not a one-size-fits-all attitude or method. Together, we can identify what's going wrong and where we can make changes to improve your happiness, relationships, and overall well-being. Using a holistic view, I take the time to learn about you, your values, and your goals for treatment. I incorporate various forms of therapy: cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, solution-focused, and mindfulness based techniques.

I've found that the most crucial part of therapy is establishing a comfortable, collaborative therapeutic relationship. My goal is to create a safe, judgement-free space for a treatment experience that will be meaningful, healing, and to supportive to you on your journey of self-discovery towards goals and aspirations.

Nora Broendel, LCSW-C - Therapist - Knox Road

Nora is licensed in the state of Maryland as an LCSW-C and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has provided services to a diverse range of clients throughout her career in both individual and group therapy and has specialized training working with clients struggling with substance use and abuse. Her approach to treatment is informed by motivational interviewing and person-centered care and focuses on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship. Nora aims to work collaboratively with her clients to promote empowerment, well-being, and positive change by establishing a judgement-free environment of comfort and trust.Nora Broendel

Tiera Brown, LCSW-C - Therapist - Greenbelt

Tiera graduated from Howard University’s School of Social work in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Tiera is clinically licensed in both Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Tiera has a history of working with both families and individuals and enjoys working with the adolescent and adult populations.

Emily Callaghan, LCSW-C - Therapist - Greenbelt

Emily is a clinical social worker who received her master's degree from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2013. Emily has provided mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. She uses modalities that are tailored to your individualized needs. Emily's interactive style is warm and open. She aims to provide an environment of comfort and trust so that you are ready to process and incorporate strategies that will guide you to a place of restoration. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, gardening, and playing tennis.Emily Callaghan

Ashley Eason, LCSW-C - Therapist - Knox Road

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ashley received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and holds an LCSW-C in the State of Maryland. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of populations focused on anxiety, depression, and ADHD, to name a few. She has experience with individual, family and group therapy. As far as treatment modalities, Ashley has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and utilizes other evidence-based tools. She supports her clients by helping them with the most challenging components in their lives and preparing them for success.

Hana Ephraim, LMSW - Therapist - Greenbelt

Hana is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). She earned her Master's degree of Social Work from Salisbury University in 2015. Her education and career have always focused on her passion for working with different age group of individuals. She has extensive therapeutic experience working with families, children, adolescents, and adults in variety of settings including, public schools, pediatric offices, community sites and homes in the Maryland area. She has provided her therapeutic and counseling expertise to clients experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges such as, anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief and loss, family conflict, and trauma; utilizing her keen senses of empathy and interpersonal communication skills to build strong rapport with each client and formulate a tailored therapeutic approach to address their unique needs. She places distinct emphasis on holistic and strength based practice model to guide her day to day diverse therapeutic approaches including CBT-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, ARC-Attachment, Self-regulation and Competency, Person-centered Approach, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Behavioural Activation and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Hana lives in Silver Spring, MD with her dog Lucky. She enjoys traveling, reading, and painting during her free time.

Megan McKernan, LCSW-C - Therapist - Knox Road

Megan has been working in the mental health field since 2008, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salisbury University. She graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2010. Megan is licensed in the State of Maryland as an LCSW-C and is also a board certified supervisor. Over the years, she has served children, adults and families of diverse backgrounds, and worked with a variety of mental health issues. 

Aisha Meertins, LCSW-C - Therapist - Greenbelt

Aisha graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2000. She holds an LCSW-C license in Maryland and an LICSW license in Washington, DC. She has worked in multiple settings including community mental health clinics, the school system, and medical settings. She has experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults and has specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

T'Mera Mitchell, LMSW - Therapist - Knox Road

T’Mera received her BA in Psychology and is now a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She earned her Master's degree of Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore with a specialization in Behavioral Health and Employee Assistance Programs. Her education and career have always focused on her passion for working various populations and groups within the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas to give back to her community. She has experience working with families, children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including, public schools, homeless services, in home and community outpatient mental health settings in Maryland and Washington D.C.

T’Mera has provided services and support to clients challenged with trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, family/relationship conflict, and intellectual disabilities. T’Mera encourages the use of holistic and strength-based methods for her own daily living as well as incorporating these skills into her therapeutic approach to address client’s unique needs and goals. There is not a blanket approach for everyone and T’Mera focuses on the needs of each individual to empower and support them as they work towards the achievement of their goals and personal growth.

 

Aparna O’Connor, LCSW-C - Therapist - Greenbelt

Aparna graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She holds an LCSW-C license in the State of Maryland. Aparna works to help her clients overcome barriers to living their most purposeful life. She utilizes evidence-based theories to provide tools to a variety of populations. Aparna has experience working with adolescents, adults, and families of diverse cultural background.

Antionette Parks, LCSW-C - Therapist - Greenbelt

Antionette Parks is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and Washington, DC. She has provided mental health services to teens, teen mothers, adults, couples, and families for over 20 years. Also, her background in high school counseling has given her the opportunity to work with students and their families from diverse backgrounds.

Gemyta Robinson, LCSW-C - Therapist - Knox Road

Gemyta graduated from Temple University with a BA degree dually majoring in Psychology and Spanish language (2009). She pursued graduate education at University of Maryland Baltimore where she earned a Master’s of Social Work degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health (2011). Gemyta is licensed to practice independently in the state of Maryland and Washington D.C. Her clinical expertise derives from experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care.  Her practice utilizes a combination of evidence based treatment modalities which often include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement/Motivational Interviewing, and symptom management skill building.  Gemyta places an emphasis on facilitating a warm, non-judgmental, and compassionate treatment environment for individuals to strengthen insight/awareness and regain a sense of control and empowerment over their lives. 

Gemyta Robinson

Amber Samson, LGPC - Therapist - Baltimore Ave

Amber received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2013  and went on to complete her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  in 2016. Amber is licensed in the state of Maryland as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC).

Amber has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has been trained as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, which is an evidence-based pre-marital counseling assessment. Amber strives to help everyone she works with come to a greater understanding of themselves, and she encourages her clients to take a collaborative role in their treatment. Amber’s primary theoretical approach combines Person-Centered therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy; however, she tailors her approach to each individual’s needs.

Amber Samson

Femi Sanya - LCPC - Baltimore Ave

My name is Oluwafemi (Femi) Sanya. I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland as well as Washington, DC. I have been a practicing clinician for 6 years. I obtained my bachelors degree from Frostburg State University and my Masters degree from The Chicago school of professional psychology. I specialize in working with families, teenagers, adolescents, couples and individual adults. I enjoy building rapport with my clients and helping them work towards meeting their treatment goals. I believe that every individual deserves to be happy and feel stable.

Mechia Sydnor - LGPC - Greenbelt

Mechia Sydnor is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC), who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2019. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, emotional disregulation, self-esteem issues, life adjustment, among many others. In her practice, she provides individual and family therapy.

She has an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing various orientations such as; cognitive behavioral therapy, art/expressive/play therapy, person-centered therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology techniques, and narrative therapy techniques. She tailors her therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of her clients.  

Dannel Wilson, LMSW - Therapist - Greenbelt

Dannel has been in the field for eighteen years, eleven years post-masters. She attended Boston College and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree in advanced generalist social work from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduate school, Dannel was recruited to work in London for two years on gang prevention efforts. She has been a therapist in incarceration units, residential schools, and general education schools in the public and private sector. She pursues knowledge in learning differences, ADHD/ADD, adolescents, young adults, divorce, LGBTQ, school difficulties, school avoidance, anxiety, and self-harm. She has special training in bullying prevention, gang prevention, and sexual abuse prevention.

Jasmine Williams, LMSW - Therapist - Baltimore Ave

Jasmine is curious and open-minded, and her style is active, affirming, and engaged. She strives to create a comfortable and supportive environment in which clients can engage in healing self-discovery. Jasmine’s approach has been influenced primarily by modern analysis, object relations, and relational psychotherapy. She also integrates other approaches to best meet the needs of her clients. Jasmine aims to help individuals build insight and awareness, understand themselves and their feelings, and develop new patterns that are conducive to long-term personal satisfaction. She enjoys working with children, adults, and couples. Jasmine’s specialties include substance use, family conflict, trauma, personality disorders, mood disorders, relationship conflict, issues associated with oppression, anxiety, and depression. 

Jasmine Williams