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Tamia Pleasants

Founder and owner of NyLu Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, Tamia is native to the DC/MD metropolitan area and has over 15 years in the Behavioral Health/Counseling.  Tamia is a Board Certified Counselor (NCC), currently licensed to practice in Maryland, and Washington, DC; she is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) in Maryland, as well as a Clinical Employee Assistance Specialist (EAS-C), a Certified Trauma Professional, and a Board Certified in Telemental Health (BC-TMH).  Overcoming issues of rejection, abandonment, and fear of success has given Tamia passion to help others (that's you) deal with their issues head on, in order to lead a productive, successful life.  Tamia also has a passion for teaching and mentoring others in the realm of counseling. Clinical focus: mood regulation, trauma, acculturation challenges, anxiety, fertility challenges, couples, Military, low self-esteem/worth, and issues with spirituality.

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vanessa patton-Scott, Ed.D

Dr. Patton-Scott is a compassionate, dedicated, and holistic therapist who has over 15 years of clinical mental health experience. She is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Licensed Clinincal Professional Supervisor (LCPC-S) in Maryland, and a Certified Telebehavioral Health Practitioner (TBHI). Her clinical experience involves crisis intervention and counseling services to adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of issues related to depression and anxiety , trauma, substance abuse, bereavement, and self-identity issues. Vanessa has a strong desire to help individuals overcome their fears, hardships, and suffering with effective clinical interventions. In addition, she is also highly trained to provide and clinical supervision and consultation to mental health professionals. Clinical focus: relationship issues, family dynamics, trauma, crisis intervention, life transitions, and spirituality.

LaShonda Boone

LaShonda is a native of Northern Virginia. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, currently licensed to practice in Maryland; she is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) in Maryland, as well as a Clinical Employee Assistance Specialist (EAS-C), a Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Certified TeleMental Health provider (BC-TMH). “My goal is to create a safe place and ensure that you have the opportunity to truly express yourself. This is your space and time to discuss your hopes, dreams, fears, failures and accomplishments.” LaShonda has been in the mental health field for over 8 years and has practiced in various settings: outpatient clinic, domestic violence shelter, in-home services and a few local hospital emergency rooms providing crisis services. She enjoys helping people process life stressors and empower them to be and feel their best!  Clinical focus: mood regulation, simple/complex trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, parenting challenges, grief & loss, couples/relationship issues, life transitions, and crisis prevention.


Soni comes to NyLu as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Soni currently holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a second Master’s Degree in Applied Healing Arts.  Soni's counseling style is called integrative as it reflects her values. It means that she is flexible in choosing the best interventions for her clients.  "As a counselor, I am about empowering my clients."  Clinical focus: mindfulness training, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, relationship issues, and military families.


Ashli Holloway

A native of Washington, D.C., Ashli joins the NyLu team as a Counseling Intern pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ashli’s experience in the field makes her comfortable working with all populations. Clinical focus: major life transitions that manifests as anxiety, and/or depression; family of origin related issues, self-esteem/worth issues, career-related issues, relationship issues, and children/teens.


Keiatta Turner-Garcia

A Virginia native, joins the NyLu team as a Counseling Intern pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling. Keiatta has worked as a mental health patient liaison for 4 years and has direct experience working with the military population. Clinical focus: PTSD, complex/simple trauma, grief & loss, anxiety, couples issues, family of origin issues, self-esteem/worth, and Military population.  



Stephanie is a native of Maryland and a Marine Corps veteran. Stephanie joins the Nylu team as a Counseling Intern pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Stephanie worked with the Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse department as a liaison supporting military members and their dependents. Stephanie’s counseling style is integrative as it reflects her values. She is flexible in choosing interventions that best fit her clients. “As a counselor, I want to help my clients find the true meaning of life, discover their potential, and achieve self-awareness so they can become the best version of themselves.”  Clinical focus: PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship and family issues.