Johneshia “Neshia” Riley, LGPC

“Everything you need is already inside of you.” – Bill Bowerman

I empower individuals to overcome personal battles, and encourage a better relationship with self, and others. I primarily work with anxiety, life transitions, stress related issues along with spirituality concerns.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach including person-centered, solution-focused, and CBT modalities. My clinical experience ranges in youth, adults, and children. Overall, I take a holistic approach to helping you on your pathway to healing. We can incorporate mental, spiritual, physical and emotional forms of well-being to help you restore balance and peace. My goal is to help you develop a deeper understanding on all these levels so you can once again live a purposeful, joy-filled life while honoring your past, rather than being held back by it.

I am a licensed-graduate professional counselor (LGPC) in Washington D.C. I have a Bachelor’s from The University of Alabama in Psychology and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University.

Your therapeutic journey to healing and peace is both very sacred and personal. It is a process that I take immense pride in. For that reason, I make it a point to individualize each approach, so we can create the most authentic experience for you. I will honor your journey by providing culturally competent care, and honoring your unique culture and background. Let’s work together to find your unique path to healing by developing skills and techniques to restore your peace.

● Mindfulness / Traditional Healing
● Humanistic
● Narrative

My specialty areas include:
● Anxiety/ Stress Management
● Life Transitions/Adjustments
● Work-Life Balance
● Spiritual Ascension/ Spirituality

Lakeiya Cherry, LICSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia and in the District of Columbia. I’m a graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. In addition, I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. As a result of my education, I have worked in the mental health field for approximately 20 years. My experience working with diverse populations has allowed me the opportunity to support individuals, groups, and families with addressing various needs such as depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, issues with communication, family discord, relationship issues, and parent-child relations.

The interventions I provide are based on the individual that I am working with and the presenting dilemmas. Beyond providing evidenced-based interventions, I believe having a strong therapeutic rapport is essential to the success of the counseling process. My initial goal is to build a trusting relationship and increase your comfort level with sharing information that might not be so comfortable.

As John Donne stated, “No man is an island.” I believe everyone needs support from others at some point in their lives. That does not mean they are weak or incompetent. It just means the situation might be harder to manage independently. That makes us all human. Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to that will listen and provide guidance in a non-judgmental and confidential manner. I also believe therapy is a partnership. Together, we can work towards achieving your desired goals in a manner that best serves you.

Areas of Specialty:
Grief & Loss

Areas of Experience:
Coping Skills
Life Transitions
Relationship Issues

Treatment Approach:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Brief
Motivational Interviewing

Shuya Dai, LGPC

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, D.C and a board-certified counselor (NCC). I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Washington and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.

I have experience working with adolescents and adults in both community-based and college counseling center settings. I provide individual and group counseling for various topics including mood disorders, anxiety, sociocultural issues (bicultural/multicultural concerns, acculturation stress), unprocessed loss and grief, family conflicts, and interpersonal relationships. I provide career counseling to students and alumni regarding their concerns in career exploration and personal growth at Cawley Career Education Center at Georgetown University. I also have experiences advocating and working with individuals with marginalized identity, such as international students, immigrants, racial/ethnic and gender minorities. With my own cross-cultural backgrounds, I stay humble and curious about learning different cultures and working with diverse populations. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin.

My counseling style mainly integrates person-centered, cognitive behavior therapy and multicultural therapy. When working with different clients and different issues, I also actively personalize my approaches and incorporate elements or interventions from various career counseling theories, solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing and Bowen’s family system theory.

I see myself as a fellow traveler of my clients, joining the client’s journey towards their own goal. It is a privilege and I strive to provide culturally competent care and honor my clients’ unique backgrounds, identities and cultures. I believe in building a compassionate, non-judgmental and genuine therapeutic relationship with my clients, so that they can feel respected, heard, and validated. We will collaboratively identify issues, make plans and take actions for attainable and practical goals. I often utilize a strength-based approach to empower my clients to discover the good within them, increase their self-efficacy and work through life’s challenges. My goal is to create a safe and warm space conducive to self-exploration, healing, growth, and fulfillment. I believe that we will eventually let go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embrace who we really are, living a more prosperous and fully authentic life.

My specialty areas and areas I have experience are:
○ Anxiety and stress management
○ Mood Disorders (Depression, Dysthymia)
○ Acculturation Concerns
○ Career Exploration
○ Self-Esteem
○ Life Transitions
○ Sociocultural Concerns
○ Career Counseling
○ Interpersonal Relationship Issues
○ Family Conflict
○ Academic and Career Stress
○ Crisis Intervention

Marissa Edwards, Ph.D.

I work to help clients achieve psychological well-being that allows them to thrive in every aspect of life. I am passionate about promoting my clients’ ability to identify their goals, achieve those goals, and ultimately create the life they want. I have worked with individuals with various mental illnesses, health, behavior challenges and emotional difficulties. Together, we will work to build upon strengths, while empowering clients to recognize, understand, and adaptively manage life’s challenges.

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Virginia State University. Prior to graduate school, I received my bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, where I majored in psychology with a concentration in relationship and family therapy.

I operate within an integrative therapeutic approach, pulling from evidence based approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, behavior modification and mindfulness-based strategies. I am supervised by Dr. Stanley.

Location: Capitol Hill Office

My areas of specialization include:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Eating and Feeding Disorders
• Interpersonal Issues
• Weight loss
• Body image
• Confidence and self-esteem
• Adjustment Disorders
• Relationship challenges and Sexuality
• Cultural and Racial Stress

Kevin Rose, LPC

My approach to treatment is to create change and promote health and healing through empowerment.   I utilize trauma informed methods to support patient centered goals, your task development and your chosen pace of our work.  Encouragement, positive reinforcement and humor are part of each session.   I will collaborate with you to help you learn and utilize skills in managing the challenges you face.  Our focus will be allowing you to improve and maintain the quality of your life in all areas.  I will honor your willingness to share and allow me to join you in your journey towards healing, understanding that each step forward is great progress.

I received my graduate training for Clinical Psychology at Boston University as well as graduate training in Leadership from Georgetown University. I have over 20 years experience in mental health providing individual and group therapies with adults in several settings. Patient treatments have included mood disorders, anxiety disorders, severe and persistent mental health disorders, trauma, substance use, & grief and loss. My theoretical approach is both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic. I utilize various interventions from those perspectives. Additionally, I have trained many licensed clinicians and led several clinical programs.
Location: Capitol Hill Office

Samuel Koroma, CRNP, PHM

If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these conditions each year. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care. My goal is to work with you to help alleviate this distress and get you to optimal functioning. My approach is to provide individualized care tailored to you and your experience. I provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and thoughtful manner that encompasses respect and dignity.

I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed to treat patients across the lifespan. I perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and many more.

Brady Montas, LICSW

Therapy should be like the fun middle school trips you we used to get excited about and less like your least favorite vegetables, which you have to eat because their good for you.  I obtained my Masters Degree from the Smith College School For Social Work and I am licensed in the District of Columbia as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). I have been working in the mental health field for over 12 years and enjoy it a great deal. I have experience working with clients that have experienced Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Trauma, Grief and Loss and with clients that have just felt lost. My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, solution focused and client centered. This means I am trained in several different kinds of therapy, which I use interchangeably to address the specific issues/concerns of each client.

As a therapist I consider myself a guide that helps others navigate life’s up and downs such as, love, loss, illness, work stress, relationship conflicts and life transitions. My hope is that our time together will help you get to your destination safely and with peace of mind. We will begin by establishing clear and attainable treatment goals which will we revisit every few weeks to make sure we stay on the right path.  We will discuss effective and maladaptive coping skills. We will celebrate the small steps forward and learn how to keep moving forward when the journey feels long and the body is weary.

My specialty areas include:
• Relationship concerns
• Life Transitions (Adjustments)
• Anxiety Disorder/Depression

• Grief and Loss

•Career-Life Balance


My theoretical approach is:
• Psychodynamic
• Solution Focused Therapy


Of Note:

Experienced In Providing Therapy In English and Spanish

I cannot see clients in the military due to possible conflict with other employer

Alejandra Fonte, LGPC

I am a pre-licensed professional counselor in Washington, DC.  I completed my Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology and my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. My
clinical training includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health
concerns in different settings. I am currently supervised by Dr. Krystal Stanley, Ph.D.

My approach to therapy is integrative and collaborative, utilizing person-centered, cognitive behavioral,
and multicultural lenses. I aim to incorporate the appropriate framework depending on the client’s
individual needs and life experiences. I work collaboratively with my clients towards identifying and
reaching personalized goals with empathy & non-judgmental compassion. My goal is to create a safe,
inviting environment where individuals can feel understood and experience healing. I believe we are all
capable and worthy of positive change and utilize the therapeutic relationship to guide my clients
towards personal growth. I am comfortable working with English and Spanish speaking clients.

My specialty areas include:
• Depression
• Anxiety Disorders and Stress Management
• Adjustment/ Life Transitions
• Self-esteem building

My past clinical experiences include:
• Addiction/Substance Abuse
• Chronic Pain
• Grief and loss
• Sociocultural concerns