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Meet The Team

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Dona Paknejad

PRACTICE OWNER AND CLINICAL DIRECTOR

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Behnaz Sekechi Paknejad

Director of Operations
MA, NCC, LPC

Dona holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling from The George Washington University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a license granted by the Department of Health in the District of Columbia. She is also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

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 Joy Steen

M.A., NCC, NCSC

Joy holds a master's degree in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Counseling from The George Washington University. She is also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Behnaz is an internationally-recognized multicultural and communications author and advisor. Her expertise and skills have been developed through learned experiences while living, studying, and working, in several diverse countries and cultures. Her unique skill sets allow clients to experience feeling welcomed, safe, and valued from their first contact with the practice.
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Greylyn Owens

MA ATR-P LGPC

Greylyn Owens graduated with a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Greylyn grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from NCCU. She is passionate about supporting individuals by creating a space to explore, create, reflect and connect in therapy.

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Yvette Leftwich

MA, MFT

Yvette Leftwich, a native Washingtonian and Military Veteran, completed her graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy, at Capella University. She stresses the importance of mental Health and stability for the youth and adolescents within our communities, specifically but not limited to, young Boys

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Kate Salmon

MA, NCC, LPC

Kate provides a safe environment to foster a new way of living for client’s who are feeling stuck.
She aims to provide a non-judgmental space and uses empathy, humor (when appropriate), and
encouragement to help clients reach their goals.

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Ingrid Madison 

MA NCC LGSW

Ingrid holds as clinical Master’s in Social Work from The Catholic University of America and is a Licensed Graduate Clinical Social Worker. For the past 19 years, Ingrid has worked in local, state, and federal agencies providing therapeutic interventions for clients experiencing life transitions ranging from substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, and those in crisis.

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Emily Abate

MA, NCC, LGPC

Emily Abate holds a Master’s degree in school counseling from The George Washington University and is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. In addition, Emily is certified as a School Counselor and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University, where she focused on child and adolescent development. Emily was born in New York City, is a native to New Jersey and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Chandra Lloyd

MA, NCC, LGSW

Chandra holds a master’s degree in social work from Howard University. She is committed to providing compassionate and effective mental health care to individuals, couples, and families. Chandra has ten years of experience in the field, and specializes in helping clients navigate through life's challenges, heal from past traumas, and develop healthier coping strategies.

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Allahani Jefferson

MA, ASWB, LGSW

Allahni believes in utilizing a client centered approach to therapy. She specializes in helping clients meet their desired therapeutic goals by assisting them in building healthy coping skills, processing through fears, life transitions, setting healthy boundaries, burnout, and more. Allahni is open to helping individuals, couples, and families, build healthy communication skills and deepen their awareness of self. 

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