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 or family served. 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.
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 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.
Jenna has been a part of the Choice Clinical Services family since 2019. As Office Manager, Jenna speaks to each client about their therapy needs, to best match them with one of our therapists. She is involved in many of the day to day aspects of CCS; including scheduling, hiring, billing, and social media. Jenna takes pride in being able to bridge the gap between clients who are seeking mental health services, and the therapists who can provide the care they need.
Dr. Natalie Hart is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a tenured Assistant Professor. Dr. Hart earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Wilmington University, Master of Science (MSN) degree in Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing at University of Maryland School of Nursing.
Dr. Hart’s provider services include initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, primary mental health care, mental health diagnostics, prescribing, psychiatric mental health treatment plans, consultation, psychotherapy, individual/group/family therapy, medication management, and holistic behavioral health treatment (anxiety disorders, mood disorders, complementary and alternative therapies, general behavioral health concerns).
Dr. Hart’s research interests include behavioral health nurse practitioner faculty practice, telepsychiatry, COVID-19 impact on mental health professionals, public health education, and healthy adolescent relationships.
Christina hails from the great state of Maryland and is a born and raised Prince George’s County resident. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware and her Master of Science in Nursing at George Washington University. She currently holds her Nurse Practitioner’s License with a concentration in Family Health. Christina also holds a certification for medical cannabis administration from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). She is champion for the use of cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other severe disorders for which traditional treatments have been ineffective. She employs a holistic approach during cannabis evaluations to meet all her patient’s needs in an open, caring, and non-judgmental environment.
In her free time Christina enjoys working out, yoga, community service, and spending time with family, friends, and loved ones.
My Philosophy of Care
Bolanle Saba is a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family
Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland and Virginia who has 2 years experience
with adults seeking treatment with pain management in addition with depression,
anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and women's mental health. She completed
her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Pennsylvania State University, second
Bachelors of Nursing from George Washington University and her Masters of
Nursing from George Washington University as well. Bolanle realized after treating
acute and chronic pain that most of her patients with behavioral comorbidities
needed more care and collaborative treatment, it is this that inspired her to then
receive her Post Master Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health.
Bolanle believes in offering a warm, compassionate, holistic and collaborative
approach to treatment and therapy. She utilizes her experience, knowledge and
evidenced based practice to create a treatment plan that best meets the needs of
every unique individual. Bolanle believes that each individual knows themselves
best and in order to be a great provider one must first be a great listener.
Bolanle seeks to establish a genuine and meaningful relationship with you in order
to assist in helping you live a quality lifestyle. Bolanle believes that if you look good,
you will feel good and in return you will do good to others. All of this starts with
your mental health and trickles down to your emotional and physical well being
My name is Tashekia Williamson. I am originally from Conway, South Carolina which is where I spent most of my life. I obtained by Bachelor of Science at South University in Columbia, SC. After college I moved to Maryland to pursue my career. After a few years working in the field, I decided to pursue my Master of Science with a focus in Psychiatry and Mental Health. I graduated in August of 2021 from Walden University. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working with both pediatrics and adult clients. I love my career and I don’t think I could have chosen a better field to work in.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kristen graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010 and holds an LCSW-C in the state of Maryland as well as in Virginia.
Kristen has lived and worked in Hawaii, District of Columbia and Maryland during her career. She has worked with a wide variety of populations in various capacities. Populations include; active duty military, veterans, the homeless and mentally ill, those in mental health crisis, those afflicted with PTSD, TBIs and addictions. She has experience working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, families all of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Her approach tends to pull from CBT, DBT and Buddhist psychology. She is currently working on a certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute in NYC. Kristen is a military spouse and has two young boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, fishing and biking.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and earned my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. A majority of my experience is with diverse individuals who are college-age or older struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Peer Relationships, Coping Skills, Self-Exploration, Life Transitions, and Stress.
I understand that therapy is not a one size fits all, so my approach is collaborative and adaptable to meet each client's specific needs. I take time to help clients explore and understand how their past experiences impact their current ways of coping and worldview. Using this insight, we work to identify common themes and underlying patterns to unlearn and challenge negative thought patterns. Empathy and unconditional positive regard are key elements that help us build a connection to evoke empowerment and change. You are encouraged to take the lead during therapy as you are the expert on yourself. I also can equip you with skills and knowledge that you can use throughout your life to continuously accomplish your goals.
I also incorporate brainspotting which helps target trauma at the root but is also useful for many other issues as well. Brainspotting is a form of therapy that helps our bodies heal itself through eye positioning. It is a powerful way to do deeper work that allows for more effective and long-lasting change. Brainspotting could be a good fit for you if you feel like you’ve talked through as much as you could in therapy, but are still feeling stuck. For more information, visit brainspotting.com or schedule an appointment with me!
Therapy isn’t easy, but there is always growth in discomfort.
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.
My name is Cassidy and I graduated with my MSW from The Catholic University of American in Washington DC.
You already have the tools inside of you to overcome even your most difficult circumstances. Let me help you find them so you can tap into your truest potential. In session, I utilize both the Humanistic and Strengths-Based perspectives to assist you with this process. By revisiting your childhood and any significant life events in a safe setting you can overcome these negative narratives you have created about yourself. This in turn makes space for new energy to create a dialogue to empower you instead of creating more barriers.
I specialize in treating CBT and DBT strategies that will assist in identifying and restructuring your maladaptive coping strategies and increase your ability to withstand future obstacles.
I have experience in a variety of different settings and with a wide range of disorders and age ranges. My focus primarily being on adolescents and young adults.
Karin works from a strength-based perspective. She believes that each person has within themselves the power and capabilities to heal and to attain new levels of contentment and self-confidence. She sees her role as co-creating a safe space with her clients in which this growth and healing can take place.
She has experience in working with clients with ADHD/ADD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, and the impact of chronic illnesses.
She enjoys working with people in the LBTQIA+ community, including young adults who identify as transgender and non-binary. She has training in CBT, MBT, human sexuality, and trauma-informed care.
She also has training and experience in leading groups and is inspired by the power of the group process to augment individual therapy.
Karin enjoys working with adults, young adults, couples, and families with young adults. She is licensed to see clients in both DC and Maryland.
Nicole is a graduate of both The University of Maryland (2015) and Liberty University (2019). She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She has a history of working with populations dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. Nicole is currently licensed as an LGCP in the state of Maryland.
Monique is a clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings including schools, outpatient mental health clinics, and the community. She values the therapeutic relationship and will do whatever she can to assist her clients in feeling welcome, safe, respected, and free of judgment. She is open to working with individuals of all ages, religions, races, sexual orientations, and genders.
She uses a holistic approach when working with clients and utilizes tools from various orientations including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.
Monique’s main goal is to help her clients manage life’s challenges, grow, and develop insight in order to help them create the life and the relationships they desire.
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.
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 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.
Whatever life phase you may be in, you might have questions such as, “What’s next for me?”, “How can I feel better?”, “How can I understand my partner better?”, “How can I improve my relationships?”, and “Why do I feel so lonely?”. You have the desire to explore and find the answers to these questions, but you don’t know where to begin. In my 5 years of experience working with clients, I have learned that the process of sharing your story; your innermost thoughts, emotions, and experiences, out loud and hearing them reflected back to you can lead to some of the most profound insights that inspire change. My aim is to collaborate with you to create this experience. The answers to your questions lie within you. As your therapist, I will provide a safe space to help you discover the answers that you have been looking for. My name is Amber (she/her), and I enjoy working with adults and couples of various identities and diverse cultural backgrounds. I work with clients who are experiencing a wide array of life challenges from anxiety disorders, trauma, family conflicts, life transitions, relationship changes, and more. For couples preparing for marriage, I use an evidence-based assessment called PREPARE/ENRICH that allows you to identify areas in your relationship that can be strengthened. Through this assessment, our aim together is to help establish a strong foundation for a healthy marriage. You have the power to create a fulfilling life, spend time investing in yourself to find out how you can make it happen.
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 Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC).
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.
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.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. As we're liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others.”--- Marianne Williamson
Christen Yassin has been in clinical practice for over 15 years working with individuals, couples and families. Christen has worked with a wide range of populations such as individuals with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders and/or personality disorders. Christen has a specialty working with children and families. She is a licensed social worker in Maryland, Pennsylvania and is working toward obtaining licensure in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, play therapy, filial therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapeutic (DBT) practices. Christen graduated magna cum lade with her Masters in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania in the advanced standing program completing a two year degree program in one year. Christen was born and raised in Maryland, but started her career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She recently returned to her hometown to raise her two year old son amongst family.