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Everyone’s counseling journey looks different. We’re here to lead you through the process and help you find hope. We are passionate about providing professional services to our diverse families, and it starts with us! Our team comes from a wide variety of educational, ethnic, and family backgrounds and is ready to support you in your mental health journey.

Read through our bios to get to know us better. When you schedule a consultation call, we’ll ask if you have a preference for your counselor or help you find one that fits you and your family’s needs. If you decide later that this team member just isn’t a good fit for you, we can help you make a switch.

Counselors Serving District of Columbia Residents

Nephetia Whittaker, LPC

Holly Hartson, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Virtual Therapist

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Holly Hartson has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years, with training in interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a trauma-informed approach. She received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Holly practices a therapeutic approach that is centered on the needs and strengths of each client as an individual. She has experience working with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and family conflict. Holly’s goal is to help clients cope with daily stress and obstacles and find healthy strategies to become the best version of themselves they envision.

Accepting clients living in Maryland, DC, and Virginia; accepting the following insurances: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna

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Marianne Redmond Lopez

Virtual Therapist

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Marianne Redmond Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 30 years of experience. Marianne earned a bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mary Washington university in 1993 and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996.

Marianne is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is working on certifications as a Personality Disorder Specialist, Sex Treatment Professional, and Trauma Therapist. She specializes in working with individuals, couples, and groups, focusing on the treatment of victims of abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, borderline personality struggles, marriage or interpersonal relationship problems, daily life pressure/problems, peer pressure, bullying, mood disorders, first responders, helping professions, low self-esteem among other issues.

Marianne Redmond Lopez describes herself as a down-to-earth therapist with a good sense of humor. She is a solution-focused psychotherapist who aims to help others uncover their true potential and move forward confidently toward all their goals.

Accepting clients living in Virginia; accepting the following insurance companies: accepting Anthem BCBC, Carefirst BCBS, Optum/United Healthcare, Cigna/Evernorth and self-pay clients at this time

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Joseph Melendez

Therapist III - Clinical Supervisor

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Joseph Melendez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of direct practice experience and is licensed in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s and Master of Social Work in 2016.  Joseph is heavily involved with the LGBTQIA+ community and is a proud affirming provider. 

Joseph is a holistic and integrative therapist, and his core principles are compassion, collaboration, and transparency. He has extensive experience in counseling individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work/life balance stressors, life transitions, and other areas. He provides counseling to individuals, couples and families to address stress, communication concerns, and conflict.  
Joseph utilizes various approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gottman Training and Parent Management Training. He is committed to helping clients feel their best and believes clients are the experts in their journey.

Accepting clients living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia; accepting the following insurances: Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna/Evernorth, Optum/United Healthcare, and Self Pay clients