Kiona Bean, LPC
Kiona Bean, LPC, is a native Washingtonian with 13 years of social services experience. She holds a Master's degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she earned an Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Counseling. Kiona has worked with individuals of all ages and enjoys seeing positive changes in the emotional wellness and behavioral needs of everyone that she works with. She has worked in a variety of treatment environments and focuses the rapport-building process to foster a healthy and trusting working relationship with her clients.
Using a person-centered approach, Kiona utilizes evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to manage symptoms related to anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression/mood disorders, and trauma-related concerns. Kiona also specializes in substance abuse treatment services and is excited to collaborate with those on their recovery journey.
Many of the sessions focus on psychoeducation, and interventions towards improving thinking habits and behaviors, in addition to practicing coping skills so clients can manage their emotional wellness needs.
Kiona's mantra is "It doesn't matter who you were 20 years ago or yesterday. You still have today and tomorrow to become the best version of yourself".
Kayena Pierre-Louis, LICSW
Kayena Pierre-Louis is a distinguished Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Masters of Social Work from Wheelock College in Boston. Through Kayena's 20 years of practice, her empathetic and culturally sensitive approach has resonated with clients, providing a safe space for those grappling with a myriad of emotional and behavioral challenges.
Her comprehensive approach to therapy integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach she employs to meet the unique needs of each client. Her extensive experience has primarily revolved around working with individuals and parents of children with behavioral, cognitive issues, and personality disorders. Enjoys working with anxiety, depression + autism. She also services individuals and families in crisis, and navigating family transitions. Her deep understanding of the complex dynamics within these settings has equipped her with the tools and insights needed to promote healing and growth.
Adana Gonzalez Lindsey, LGPC
Adana Gonzalez Lindsey is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and an adept School Counselor, highly regarded for her work with young adults. Her academic pursuits in psychology began at the University of South Florida, leading to a Master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University. Adana is licensed through the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), ensuring adherence to the highest professional standards.
With over two years of experience, Adana specializes in Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Her proficiency in these methodologies enables her to effectively address the diverse mental health needs of young adults. In her role as Counselor, Adana applies her counseling skills in an educational setting, providing essential support and guidance to students. Her approach is tailored to the individual, focusing on personal strengths and resilience.
Adana’s dedication to her profession is rooted in a deep commitment to empowering each client and student to uncover their potential and achieve a harmonious, fulfilling life.
Demetries North, LGPC, NCC
Demetries North completed his graduate studies at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Washington, D.C., Licensed Resident Counselor in Virginia, and a Registered Counselor in Florida.
Demetries brings extensive experience in supporting individuals and groups through a variety of challenges. With a focus on stress and anger management, building healthy relationships, overcoming addictions, navigating the justice system, addressing depression and anxiety, and healing from trauma,
He uses several therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered, Trauma-Focused CBT, Attachment-Oriented Interventions, Systemic Family Therapy, and Interpersonal therapy and Motivational interviewing (MI).
Demetries has dedicated years to guiding others through life's twists and turns. His unwavering passion lies in empowering people to not only endure but thrive, even during their most difficult moments.
Kendra D. Scott, M.Ed, LGPC
Kendra Scott is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and a Professional School Counselor in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders from Ole Miss and her Masters of Education in School Psychology and Counseling Services from Howard University. She is licensed through the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
Through her counseling work in telehealth and school-based settings, she has worked with children and young adults in the District of Columbia. Before joining Therapeutic Links, Kendra was serving as a school-based mental health practitioner for the local public charter schools.
Kendra uses an eclectic therapeutic approach with a strengths-based focus. In her service, she has utilized a wide range of intervention methods. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and mindfulness through individual/group counseling and social emotional learning. She has worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, developmental and learning disabilities.
Kendra believes that every person is unique and has the ability to capitalize on personal strengths. As your therapist, she will assist in understanding oneself and the exploration of unlocked potential to harness a healthy life.
Ziara Battle LGSW LMSW
Ziara Battle is a Washington D.C. native. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. She received her master’s degree in social work from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Through her work in school-based and outpatient settings, she has gained experience serving as an educator for the District of Columbia Public Schools educating students, specifically those with autism and other learning differences.
Ziara services children and youth populations. Her areas of interest include educational concerns, anxiety, stress, and life transitions affecting self-care and quality of life. The modalities she utilizes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness techniques.
She utilizes a whole child and person-centered approach when providing therapeutic services. Her outlook on therapy is that all people are different, and their care should be individualized to their needs. Ziara uses therapeutic relationships built with clients to create a trusting and safe space where clients can explore thoughts and feelings.
Lucas Monaco, LGPC
Lucas Monaco is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Washington, D.C. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.
Lucas has worked in the mental health field for over seven years, working exclusively with adults focusing on substance use disorder, depression, grief, life adjustments, and impulsive behaviors. He blends elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psychodynamic, and person-centered therapeutic techniques in order to meet client objectives.
Lucas works to foster a collaborative therapeutic space where clients feel empowered to make the changes they wish to see. He believes you cannot fail therapy and it essentially is an adjustable process that can be used for a safe place to express yourself and create goals to meet your needs.
Easwari Amirthanayagam, LGSW
Easwari is a second generation American of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. She received her BA in Sociology from Brown and her Masters of Social Work from Columbia. She chose social work specifically because of its focus on the individual and on the structures at play that deeply affect the individual. She is interested in the notion of belonging and displacement in our society. Her practice is trauma-focused and compassion driven. She utilizes an intersectional lens with regards to identity and is passionate about creating greater accessibility of services for marginalized populations. Easwari uses a client-centered approach, tailoring treatment to the specific needs of each client. Some of the therapy practices she has expertise in include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Inner Child Work, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
Therapy is a space to explore the internal world. Through compassionate collaboration, Easwari provides an environment in which this exploration is safe, non-judgmental and trusting.
Toni Lawrimore, DSW, LGSW, LMSW
Dupont Circle - P St.
Toni Lawrimore is a Doctor of Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Master of Social Work in South Carolina, and an LGSW in the District of Columbia. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Toni received her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health with a focus in gender-based violence from the University of South Carolina. She brings a decade of working with trauma survivors in various settings and an understanding of traumatic grief to the therapeutic relationship.
Toni has a special interest in working with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and groups. She recently completed her research as part of her DSW with the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focused on the treatment and impact of fundamentalist religion on vulnerable populations. Through this work, she has experience in working with anxiety, depression, existentialism, religious-exiters, religious deconversion, the impacts of purity culture, and religious trauma.
She is passionate about working with people from all walks of life through a lens of understanding trauma, traumatic grief, solution-focused therapy, somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and narrative therapy.
Nicole Welds, LGSW, LMSW
Nicole is a Licensed Masters level Social Worker in Maryland and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in District of Columbia with 14 years experience. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has experience working in a variety of settings, serving clients over the lifespan. At this time, Nicole serves adult clients only.
Nicole has special interest areas of LGBTQ populations, Sexuality and Gender Exploration, Women of Color, Holistic Wellness and Spirituality, Life Transitions, Couples/Marriage Counseling, and Immigration. She also has experience treating Addiction, Adjustment Disorders, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Life Transitions, Relational Conflict, Schizophrenia, Self-Esteem/Confidence, Stress, and Trauma. Nicole enjoys using mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy.
She is extremely passionate about supporting clients with all of their therapeutic needs. Nicole takes an eclectic person-centered approach in counseling, preferring to focus on maximizing individual and collective strengths while supporting clients in their journeys to actualize and live their desired lives.
Hannah Johnson, LGPC, NCC
Hannah Johnson is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and she is currently certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Through her work in school-based and outpatient settings, she has gained experience serving college students, young adults, middle aged adults, and elders. Before joining the Therapeutic Links family, Hannah also engaged with homeless populations in the D.C. Metropolitan area through supportive housing work.
Hannah has cultivated skills to support individuals with mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, co-occurring disorders, identity concerns, relationship distress, and other life changes affecting self-care and quality of life. Hannah is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ population through therapy, and she has extensive experience working with adults to develop self-acceptance through identity-affirming practices.
Hannah approaches therapy from a person-centered lens, and she mindfully integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques to support each person’s individual needs.
Nicolle Castro, LICSW
Nicolle Castro is a Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) in Washington D.C. with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has worked in mental health for 7 years, and has experience in community support and outreach, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and therapy in both the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
Nicolle has worked with a diverse population specifically Women of Color and LGBTQIA+ population addressing a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders, trauma, adjustment challenges, and substance abuse. She offers support and healing to individuals ages 21 and over, couples, and groups. Her approach is holistic, eclectic, and collaborative; and employs therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Nicolle believes in the power of a compassionate and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. As your therapist she will strive to create a safe space conducive to self-exploration, healing, growth, and fulfillment.
Bezawit (Beza) Addis, LPC
Bezawit Addis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in Washington DC. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Grief Counseling Certificate from South Western College, Santa Fe, NM. She provided mental health services in outpatient mental health clinics, addiction treatment centers, and within psychiatric units of a correctional setting.
Bezawit works collaboratively with her clients to address a broad variety of challenges including depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, intergenerational trauma, body image/self-esteem issue, personality disorder, relationship/attachment issues, addiction/medication seeking behavior, criminal activities/ recidivism, and behavioral management concerns.
Bezawit is skilled at assisting individuals, ages 14 and over, in working through their emotions through mindfulness based emotional processing. She supports her clients in identifying patterns using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, aids individuals in developing coping strategies from a strength-based model, and actively nurtures a non-judgmental compassionate space for self-exploration to gain insight into one’s own life. As your therapist she will assist you in achieving stability, overcoming personal and professional challenges/transitions, and will empower you in your continual growth and fulfillment.
Alyssa Lane, LPC
Adults - TeleHealth Services
Alyssa Lane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, DC. She received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine. She is trained in CBT-I, Suicidality Prevention and Intervention and Level I - Gottman Marriage and Family. Alyssa has also earned the Counseling Certificate of Distinction in Psychological First Aid by Johns Hopkins University.
Alyssa works with a diverse adult population (ages 18+) on a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, trauma, relationship issues and medical conditions. She has worked with clients on both an individual and group basis using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered and Solution Focused Therapy. She believes in creating a collaborative therapeutic environment to help individuals feel comfortable and respected, while working towards resolving conflicts and achieving their desired goals.
Elizabeth Mohler, LICSW
Dupont Circle - P St.
Elizabeth received her Master of Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a clinical social worker for 15 years. She has worked in community mental health and foster care programs and is currently the Director of Social Services at a Core Services Agency through the DC Department of Behavioral Health.
Elizabeth works primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques. She has advanced training in working with survivors of trauma, and extensive experience working with families who struggle to communicate effectively.
She uses the therapeutic relationship to create a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings, to set goals and move forward. Elizabeth has a strong belief in the potential for individuals to heal from past experiences, and to lead satisfying and productive lives.
Natalie Nichols, LPC, NCC
Adults - TeleHealth Services
Natalie Nichols is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). Natalie received a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Counseling from Bowie State University.
Natalie has worked for over 15 years with various human/social service programs; which include developmental disabilities, supported employment, housing/homeless services and outpatient mental health services. Having worked with various human services populations has afforded her the ability to work with diverse populations.
Natalie is well versed in several counseling techniques and has a compassion for being a service to others. Her counseling skills are unique in nature, often taking a Person-Centered counseling approach to meet the client “where they are” and quickly build the therapeutic relationship.
Florian Portis, LICSW, LCSW-C
Not Accepting New Clients
Florian received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked for over 15 years in the child welfare, school and outpatient mental health settings. She was also the Clinical Director of an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, certified by the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).
Her areas of interest and expertise include life coaching, entrepreneur coaching, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and life transitions. She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Using the client/therapist relationship based on trust and understanding, she helps her clients examine their belief systems and the origins of these beliefs to determine what changes can be made to resolve conflicts in their lives.