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DR. SAMANTHA KNOX

COUNSELOR, OWNER/FOUNDER

Dr. Samantha Knox is a Licensed Professional Counselor in DC, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland. Dr. Knox also holds a Board Certified Telemental Health (BC-TMH) credential. She completed her doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Marymount University in Arlington, VA where her dissertation focus was on Previously Incarcerated African American Mothers and Attachment. She received her Masters in Counseling/ Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Knox provides EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral, Adlerian, and Solution Focused techniques for children, adolescents, and adults. Her population specialties are adjustment disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, LGBTQ, substance use, grief/loss, racial identity, and spirituality.

AYESHA
KHAN

COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN 

Ayesha Khan is a graduate level counseling student intern at Aya Behavioral Health LLC and a graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Ayesha utilizes a variety of approaches including CBT, Trauma Informed Counseling and Strengths-Based strategies. Ayesha is dedicated to being a multiculturally competent counselor and she is passionate about creating a safe-space for clients from minority groups.

As a counseling student intern at the Aya Behavioral Health LLC, Ayesha providers therapy under the supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox.

PORSCHER CHARLES

COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN 

Ms. Porscher Charles is a counseling student intern enrolled at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in DC. She is currently pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Charles holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of the US Virgin Islands. Her previous work as a teacher has helped her to develop a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults. Using therapeutic skills such as Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy, she endeavors to help individuals achieve their emotional and wellness goals. She is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox.

DEJA
DANIELS

COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN 

Deja Daniels is a counseling student intern in her second year at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s DC campus. Deja is in the Forensic Psychology Masters program and specializes in CBT and Applied Behavioral Analysis. She is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox.

JOCELYN
MARTIN
COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN 

Jocelyn Martin is currently a Pre-Licensed clinician pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Jocelyn is passionate about the support and healing experiences of marginalized communities, matters related to girls and women’s total wellness, navigating relationships, and issues in the workplace. Jocelyn utilizes a person-centered therapeutic approach to guide her clients to self-actualization. Jocelyn is looking forward to collaborating with and coaching both individuals and couples on discovering and mobilizing their strengths. She is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Knox.

MICHEAL
MCGEE
COUNSELING STUDENT INTERN 

Micheal McGee is a former health care senior manager with experience working as direct support staff serving diverse populations with developmental/ intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. His projected educational path is to pursue his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology.
Michael is a researcher for the Atikal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates survivors of domestic violence and cancer while bringing awareness to the mental health issues often precipitated by traumatic experiences. His life research focuses on traumatic stress and how generational trauma correlates with psychological development over the lifespan.
Michael’s clinical focus is trauma, intellectual developmental disorder, Autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, insomnia, and personality disorders. Michael uses an eclectic style of treatment, with a heavy focus on Adlerian therapy. He is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Knox.

JERRINA
RICKS
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 

Ms. Jerrina Ricks is a native of Prince George’s County, MD. Ms. Ricks graduated from Sanford-Brown College is 2012 with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. In 2017, she began her career as a Psychiatry Assistant for an outpatient mental health facility. During this time, Ms. Ricks had the privilege of working with some of the finest psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and therapists in the DC Metro. Ms. Ricks possesses an array of skills that allows her to provide the best experience possible while working directly with both clients and providers.

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