MEET OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET

Dr. Samantha A.B. Knox, LPC, LCPC-ACS, Owner

Dr. Samantha Knox is a Licensed Professional Counselor in DC and OK, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor/ 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, and Solution Focused techniques for children, adolescents, and adults. Her population specialties are  trauma,  couples counseling, adjustment disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, LGBTQ populations, substance use, grief/loss, racial identity, and spirituality.

Marcel Harris, LICSW

As the late Dr. Maya Angelou says, there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. It’s Mr. Marcel Harris, focus to help you, help you! Cultivating a safe space, where you are free to be your authentic self and to empower the unique individual within you.

A graduate of Morgan State University, Mr. Harris received his Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree with a concentration in Urban Youth and Families. Since graduating, Mr. Harris has been providing clinical services to vulnerable populations with a non-judgmental approach assisting clients to self-actualize and manage their symptoms. He has several years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, youth and families, couples and providing psychoeducational groups. Mr. Harris therapeutic intervention is guided by a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach while incorporating other clinical modalities such as Trauma- Informed, Strength-Based, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Motivational and Reality therapy.

It is his desire to help individuals believe in themselves again, while valuing a strong therapeutic relationship as a crucial aspect towards the therapeutic alliance. Mr. Harris specializes in supporting clients through anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, spirituality, substance abuse, mood disorders and LGBTQ+. Mr. Harris works diligently to meet you where you are in a collaborative process to address your specific need, as your potential is UNLIMITED.

Oluwatimilein Bamgbola, Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (DC)

Oluwatimilein “Timi” Bamgbola is a licensed graduate professional counselor in Washington, DC. Timi is working on her PhD for Counseling Psychology at Howard University. She has received her Master’s in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from Montclair State University in the state of New Jersey. Timi has clinical experience working with adolescents and adults who struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, and adjustment issues. She uses a multicultural, trauma-informed practice with a focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Theory (CBT) and mindfulness techniques. Timi is also passionate on working with diverse populations, such as the LGBTQ+ community, Black and Brown people, and women. She is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox

Porscher Charles, Licensed Graduate Professional (MD)

Porscher Charles a dedicated mental health professional committed to supporting individuals on their journey towards emotional well-being. With a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the therapeutic relationship. Specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, family issues, ADHD, and burnout, Porscher creates a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. By integrating evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness techniques, Porscher collaborates with clients to develop personalized strategies for growth and healing. Driven by a genuine passion for helping people become their best selves, Porscher emphasizes empowerment and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Whether you’re navigating the complexities of mental health, relationships, or personal development, she is here to provide guidance and support. Porscher is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox. 

 

Jocelyn Martin, Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (DC and MD)

Jocelyn is a licensed graduate professional counselor in DC and Maryland who obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology from 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. Samantha Knox. 

Melissa Huang, Counseling Student Intern

Melissa Huang is a Master’s student in clinical mental health counseling at Trinity Washington University. Melissa began her career in case management and women’s ministry. She shifted to counseling after realizing that many people recognized the healthy choices they wanted to make but felt powerless to break ingrained patterns. She entered the counseling field to be equipped to help people heal from past wounds and overcome the barriers that keep them from thriving, though social justice and faith still inform her work and worldview. Melissa takes a person-centered and existential approach to counseling, emphasizing attachment, emotional expression, and meaning-making. She specializes in parent-child relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Melissa is under the clinical supervision of Dr. Samantha Knox.

Indira Mohabeer, Counseling Student Intern

“Homo sum humani nihil a me alienum puto.” 

“I am human, therefore, nothing human is alien to me.” ~Terence 

Born in Washington DC and primarily raised in New York City, Indira [in-dee-rah]  considers herself to be a true “East-coaster.” She is a first-gen (North) American  of South American/West-Indian immigrant parents (Guyana and Jamaica) and is  a child of divorce. From a young age, Indira has maintained a keen sensitivity to  the struggles of people and continues to pull on her nuanced life experiences to  better relate to her clients. Indira was a pre-law honors student as an undergraduate at American University (DC) and graduated during the height of  the COVID-19 pandemic. That same year, she enrolled as a part-time graduate  student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (DC) and remains top  of her master’s degree program in Counseling Psychology. This Fall and upcoming Spring, Indira will be conducting her practicum and internship with  the Aya Behavioral Health team. 

For the past 3 1/2 years, Indira has worked hard to sharpen her therapeutic and  interpersonal skills. Throughout her practice here, she hopes to create an  environment, where her clients can feel seen, safe, and heard. She also aims help  her clients better identify and solve life’s intimate problems, while cheerleading  them on as they achieve their goals!

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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