CLINICAL STUDENT INTERNS 2019-2020
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.
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.
We All Had To Start Somewhere. The graduate level internship is an integral part of the counseling academic and clinical training experience. Counseling and Clinical Mental Health graduate students are required to have over 700 hours of clinical training time before graduation. Thereafter, another 3500+ hour residency commences with 100 hours of supervision. An approved clinical supervisor (Crystal Joseph, LCPC, LPC, ACS) manages all cases, conducting weekly supervision to help guide theoretical application. Please use Contact form if you have questions regarding sliding scale and insurances. Those with Maryland Medicaid are not allowed to be seen by Clinical Student Interns. Please consider these factors before requesting an appointment.
LICENSED GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR MARYLAND
LEAH JOHNSON is a DC Native. She is a Wake Forest University Honors alumna who possesses dual Masters degrees in Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Leah has been an active member of Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society since 2017. Leah collectively has eleven years of counseling experience. Her graduate level research involved transgender youth and her current focus is on specialized services with the LGBTQ populations and those struggling with issues surrounding their sexual identity. Leah’s practice is based on a Person-Centered and Cognitive-Behavioral approach. She is also skilled in techniques such as mindfulness/wellness and motivational interviewing. Her client base ranges from those of all ages looking to address career challenges, anxiety, depression, spirituality and developmental concerns. Leah is available for teletherapy sessions only as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (#LGP9979) under the supervision of Crystal Joseph. She is returning to PsycYourMind after completing her Master-level internship and successfully passing provisional statutory requirements. Welcome back!
RESIDENT IN COUNSELING VIRGINIA
JENIFER SMITH earned a double Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling in 2014. In 2016, Jenifer became a Board Certified Sex Therapist from the Sex Therapy Training Institute located in Miami, Florida. In 2018, Jenifer became a Certified Trauma Professional through PESI. Jenifer’s passions for writing have not gone unnoticed. “In Bed with Mahogany,” a relationship and sex advice column entitled for Jenesis Magazine, Jenifer was the sole contributor. She also served as the creative director for the Love vs. Sex, February issue. After four years of writing Jenifer decided to turn her passion of giving advice into a career in counseling. Jenifer has contributed to books and magazines such as Essence Magazine, “Yngblkpgh” by Brian and The Hitched Bitch by Kacie Thompson. Jenifer relocated to Virginia in 2019 to continue building her therapy career. She is now a Resident in Counseling in Virginia under the clinical supervision of Crystal Joseph where she specializes in couples, families, LGBTQ, trauma and Sex Therapy.
SARAH KOSTERLITZ received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland College Park (2018). She enjoys traveling and photography. You may remember her as PsycYourMind’s inaugural intern. She is now the practice’s office manager.
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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