CLINICAL STUDENT INTERNS 2019-2020

COURTNEY BROWN is a Washington DC native. She is a Trinity Washington University Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate (2020). Her research includes devastation experienced by couples who have lost a child, to the impact of teaching self-compassion skills to a group of adolescent females. Courtney’s experience as a kindergarten teacher has given her a breadth of opportunities to explore various mental health issues such as childhood trauma, anxiety, depression and learning disabilities. Alongside children, Courtney enjoys working with adults and families. No mental or physical state should keep you from living your best life. She also strives to break the stigma around mental health in the African American Community as an active participant in her community. She organizes back-to-school drives and procures resources for students and parents alike.


SHANITA NEWMAN is a Washington DC native. She is a Trinity Washington University Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate (2020). She received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Shanita is a member of the Graduate Student Counseling Association at Trinity Washington as well as a student member of the American Counseling Association. Shanita has experience housing homeless youth in the District of Columbia as well as homeless teen mothers and expecting moms. Previously, she dedicated her skill set to the Prince George’s County public school special education department as an instructional assistant. Currently, Shanita works as a Prenatal Case Manager in Washington DC.


GARMIS SENA emigrated from the Dominican Republic at the age of three to New York city. She is a Washington Adventist University Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate (2020). Garmis obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The City College of New York in Harlem. Garmis became passionate about nutrition at an early age and launched “Cooking with Garmis” to draw awareness about eating healthy yet flavorful meals. She realized an essential component of a balanced lifestyle is to view the person as a whole. Proper nutrition, physical activity, and mental health contribute to a person’s daily quality of life. Additionally, Garmis holds a Mental Health First Aid certification and volunteered internationally to Shanti Bhavan in India as a school teacher. A community is only as strong as those that represent them. She hopes to bind the gap within the mental health community and the Latino and African American community by speaking up and showing up. Sessions offered in Spanish upon request.



Clinical Executive Officer

CRYSTAL JOSEPH is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland and Virginia.  Holding a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Crystal specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Racial Identity formation, and Cultural Trauma in African-Americans. 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 more. 

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 such as community resources (2017) and sexual abuse (2019) 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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