PsycYourMind! seeks to provide you with an out-of-the-box approach to mental health counseling services. Adopting a holistic perspective, we operate in a strengths-based capacity to ensure optimum skill acquisition needed to thrive in the world. Viewing the mind as the control unit for your body, all behaviors, environmental factors, and emotions will be evaluated to produce realistic outcomes.
Crystal Morrison-Joseph, CCM, LCPC, LPC
Crystal is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Board-Certified Case Manager, and Clinical Supervisor in Maryland. Holding a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Crystal’s clinical training includes: Cognitive Behavior Therapy within individual, family, and group therapy settings. Crystal specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Racial Identity formation, and Cultural Trauma in African-Americans. Her love for psychology began in high school after completing college-level psychology classes. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology from the College of William and Mary with a secondary major of Black Studies. As the author of Conversation with A Clinician of Color: Likeness, Lucy & Lemonade, Crystal hopes to break down the stigma of seeking mental health treatment in the Black community with first-person commentary. A new book project, PoundCake & Private Practice: 5 Things I Learned During My First Year launched June 2018. Crystal shares five components: Flour, Eggs, Butter, Sugar, and Vanilla . . . the chief ingredients used to make PsycYourMind what it is today. Listen here for why Crystal wrote this book.
Crystal touts herself as a “people’s champion” providing authentic reflection to those who require assistance to achieve their life goals via therapeutic intervention. Crystal gained care coordination experience in a private DC-Metropolitan firm. Crystal has experience serving aristocracy as well as those without homes. She simultaneously served as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional while pursuing her graduate degree. Crystal acquired collaborative skills and combined leadership training while managing a Department of Health licensed intermediate care facility. Her love for research afforded her the ability to work with Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry to develop a white paper on the subject of case management.
Not only does she practice in an office setting, she is an active citizen in her community. Returning to the College of William and Mary, Crystal was featured on the “Onward and Upward: Alumni of Color Career Conversation” panel sharing her unique trajectory as a Black, female business owner hosted in the Cohen Career Center; sponsored by the Hulon Willis Alumni Association, LatinX, and the office of University Advancement. This event served as impetus for her mentor and internship programs. During Minority Mental Health month, which is observed during July, Crystal fielded questions for the Human Rights Campaign (national office) Facebook live stream, “Nothing to Hide,” a series of panels held to promote mental health and wellness in the LGBTQIA+ community. As a sponsor for Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., she created a team to participate in the annual Hope Without Boundaries 5K Run/Walk. Crystal presented on mental health hot topics and the pastoral relationship in Orlando, Florida for Mennonite Church USA national convention. She served as an expert panelist during a community forum hosted by C3 Church in Hampton, Virginia and moderated by actor Lamman Rucker, based on Greenleaf, a drama series broadcasted on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Crystal is a volunteer of the Disaster Mental Health function of the American Red Cross, National Capitol region.
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Leah I. Johnson, M.A
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Leah received her first Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2010 and she is scheduled to achieve her second Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University in May of 2019. Leah was inducted into the Pi Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling academic and professional honor society in December 2017 and remains an active member. She is currently pursuing licensure in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas while working under the direct supervision of Crystal C. Joseph, LPC .
Leah’s work is based from a Person-Centered and Cognitive-Behavior theoretical orientation. She is also able to implement strategies and techniques from other theoretical frameworks such as mindfulness/wellness, motivational interviewing and developmental counseling. Leah has 10 years of experience counseling teens and young adults in various mental health settings. Her most recent research has involved transgender youth and her current focus is geared toward specialized services with the LGBTQ population and those struggling with issues surrounding their sexual identity. In addition to working with adolescents, Leah has several years of experience in support services with adults experiencing difficulties related to career changes, retirement or other life transitions and promoting healthy relationships. She enjoys helping adults reach their full potential while developing clearer direction and a positive outlook on their future.