Mariam Kashani is a licensed nurse practitioner offering services to adults in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. She has been a nurse practitioner since 2001 and is board-certified in both adult primary care and psychiatry. She has a variety of interests; however, she specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders and bipolar disorder. Mariam completed a doctoral degree in Advanced Nursing Practice in 2013 from John Hopkins University.
Soon after Mariam began practicing in primary care, it became clear to her that the mind and body are not separate entities, but parts of the whole person. In her practice, Mariam utilizes a person-centered approach in order to treat the whole body to achieve mental health balance. Mariam’s philosophy is that mental health is at the core of overall wellness and each person can benefit from a customized treatment plan to empower their health. She also believes that every individual possesses the intrinsic ability to heal and lead a happy and fulfilling life.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Rumi
Mary Raykowitz is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, substance abuse, dependence, and addiction, bipolar disorder, stress management and women’s issues. In her practice, Mary believes all individuals have the ability to change with the appropriate assistance. With her clients’ leading the way, she helps guide them toward their most productive lives.
Mary’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed while working in a corrections facility, where she interacted with individuals who were court-ordered for treatment. This spurred her interest to become a counselor and assist people with mental health issues to improve their lives.
Mary is currently working on obtaining a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She owns two rescue chinchillas, loves to read and always has a book at hand.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Gustav Jung
Carlita Coley is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, stress management, women’s issues and health, LGBT issues and life coaching. In her practice, Carlita strongly believes in empowering clients to connect with and articulate their own truth.
Carlita’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally at a young age. As a middle child, she was the “peacemaker” and always sought to try to understand and articulate everyone’s perspectives in order to obtain or maintain peace. A career in mental health was not something she believes she chose; it was more of calling.
Carlita had three children in a four-and-a-half-year span. She has a puppy named Maverick, who is part Chihuahua and part German Shepard, and the beach is her therapy.
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Cheryl Simms is a licensed professional counselor offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in addiction, child and adolescent therapy, couple counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder and within the military community. In her practice, Cheryl’s philosophy of care is to provide excellent services that maintain the standards of professionalism, advocacy, moral, empowerment, empathy, honesty and diversity.
Cheryl’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her love for helping others. She is always willing to advocate for others and is a great listener. She believes everyone has the power within themselves to do and be better.
Cheryl enjoys anything outdoors, as well as crafting and designing home decor.
“To thine own self be true.”
Shilpa Jaggi is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New Jersey and Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in life transitions, career guidance, and generational and cultural issues. Shilpa’s approach to care is to partner with patients to facilitate change empowering them to gain insight into their strengths and abilities.
Shilpa is passionate about giving back to her community and sees her role in mental and behavioral health care as a way to contribute and help others recognize their capabilities. She became interested in the field when she noticed deficits in the health care system and the lack of providers.
Shilpa loves college basketball and awards season, especially March Madness and the Oscars. One of her lifetime goals is to watch all four tennis Grand Slams, live.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Roy T. Bennett
Melissa Rolfes is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey and Virginia. She has a broad range of clinical experience, having worked in both hospital and community health settings. She specializes in working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, existential crises, life transitions, and high stress. She also has experience working with individuals diagnosed with personality pathology, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.
Regarding the philosophy of care: Melissa is a humanist. She believes that each of us, at our core, are good. She believes we do the best we can with what we have, and as we learn how to do better, we will do better. She believes the best therapeutic approach is to meet you where you are with unconditional positive regard, non-judgment, and genuine curiosity, and the techniques and interventions flow naturally from there. While she is a skilled diagnostician, she does not concentrate on diagnoses. Melissa’s focus is to reduce symptoms, increase functioning, and improve quality of life. In both her professional and personal life, Melissa strives to be anti-racist, LGBTQ+ competent, and body positive. In college, she studied biopsychology, eastern philosophy, and mindfulness approaches, and she enjoys implementing this knowledge in the therapeutic setting when appropriate. She also has an interest in evolutionary psychology and neuroscience.
Melissa’s favorite place to be is in her kayak, and she treasures time spent with loved ones. She is a life-long learner who enjoys listening to podcasts and reading, especially on topics related to her field. She is a proud dog mom, an amateur porch gardener, and in a past life helped start a microbrewery.
“And so it goes” -Kurt Vonnegut
Michelle Chappell is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, her specializations include geriatric therapy, life transitions and stress management. Michelle views life as a journey which sometimes presents difficulties such as stress, anxiety and even confusion. She believes it is her mission to provide a safe and comfortable environment to explore challenges, psycho-social stressors and behaviors that prevent individuals from living and enjoying the life they deserve. As a helping professional, she is passionate about her work with individuals, families and adolescents. In her practice, Michelle utilizes a strength-based approach to assist with identifying system dynamics with emphasis on empowerment, engagement and support. With her assistance, individuals can learn to change disruptive thoughts to help create a happier and healthier version of themselves. She also uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals with problems such as depression, anxiety, panic fears, substance abuse and personality problems.
Michelle’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed during her adolescence. As a teenager, she witnessed firsthand the positive impact this type of care had in helping others. This gave her the motivation to help others herself and create strong impacts on their lives.
Michelle enjoys gardening, dancing and music. She also enjoys volunteering in her community.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” -Booker T. Washington
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway
Monique Simpson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in Virginia and New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are depression, anxiety, family issues and relationships.
Tiffany Sutton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are cognitive behavioral therapy, life coaching, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, attention deficit hyperactive disorders, and bipolar disorders. In her practice, Tiffany’s philosophy of care is to start where the consumer is, work in partnership with all relative members, and provide recovery-focused care.
Tiffany’s interest in mental health care comes from her innate and strong desire to help people. However, she came to realize that people suffering from mental illness require a different kind of help, which led to her decision to seek training in the mental health field. Tiffany enjoys listening to people and helping them push through barriers in their own lives.
Tiffany studied in Scotland and Ireland for a summer. She has teenage twin boys and enjoys watching football with her friends and family.
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
Age Range: 14+