Practitioners

Badia Khalid-Manning

Badia Khalid-Manning uses the pronouns she/her/hers and is a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC). She holds certifications as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Level 1 Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFiT). Recently, she completed her Certification as a Clinical Supervisor and Maryland Board Approved Supervisor.

Badia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Gwynedd Mercy College. During her time as a student teacher, she recognized how students’ diverse experiences impacted their classroom engagement, motivating her to pursue mental health counseling. She subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University.

With over 22 years of diverse mental health experience, Badia has held roles as an educator, mobile crisis counselor, school-based therapist, residential therapist, substance abuse counselor, domestic violence advocate, and volunteer at the LGBTQIA Center in St. Louis, MO.

She specializes in helping marginalized children, teenagers, and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal relationship conflicts, trauma-related symptoms, mood concerns, and life transitions.

In her therapeutic approach, Badia prioritizes creating a safe, decolonized, anti-oppressive, and collaborative space to empower individuals on their mental wellness journey. She customizes her expertise to meet each client’s unique needs, believing in the transformative power of personalized care and support.

 

  • Currently not accepting new clients.

Amber Williams

Amber uses pronouns she/her. She is a dedicated Masters in Counseling candidate at Bowie State University, currently under the supervision of Badia Manning, LCPC. Her therapeutic approach revolves around a trauma-informed lens, employing an eclectic blend of techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, person-centered therapy, and an anti-oppressive approach.

In her role as a therapist, Amber creates a warm and empathetic environment for clients to explore the reasons that bring them to therapy. She values open communication and views her role as a collaborator, working alongside clients to empower them in achieving their goals.

Amber’s experience extends to working with children, adolescents, and adults, with a particular focus on marginalized populations. She has a passion for working with neurodivergent individuals, addressing depression, trauma/grief, and anxiety disorders. Amber is adept at assisting clients in finding practical solutions, establishing and maintaining boundaries, coping with stress, navigating life transitions, resolving conflicts, and developing meaningful and healthy interpersonal skills.

  • Currently accepting new clients.

Alejandra Mackulin

Alejandra uses pronouns she/her and is currently pursuing a degree in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University, specializing in addictions. Her therapeutic approach integrates cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy, and inclusive practices.

 As a therapist, Alejandra prioritizes creating a welcoming space for clients to explore their reasons for seeking therapy. She values building strong connections with clients to understand their backgrounds and perspectives.

 Alejandra is dedicated to serving diverse populations, including adults, children, adolescents, families, and birthing persons. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she offers therapeutic sessions in both languages to better support clients.

 With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families, Alejandra offers culturally sensitive therapy and advocacy. She supports clients in navigating immigration-related stressors and trauma.

 Alejandra empowers clients to develop advocacy skills, coping strategies and techniques to manage symptoms and to enhance their mental well-being. Her compassionate and inclusive approach aims to foster resilience and growth in clients.

 Alejandra is accepting new clients and is in-network with BCBS, CareFirst, Cigna, and Maryland Medicaid.

Lillian Ahenkorah

Lillian uses pronouns she/her. Lillian is a dedicated mental health therapist with a passion for anti-oppressive and inclusive therapy. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University. She is currently pursuing her master’s in counseling at Bowie State University and under the supervision of Badia Manning, LCPC. Lillian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role at Larada Counseling.

Having previously worked as a mental health technician in residential settings with adolescents and as an intake coordinator at a Substance Abuse Center, Lillian understands the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for clients from all backgrounds.

 Lillian embraces an eclectic therapeutic approach, drawing from modalities such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and reality therapy. However, she particularly favors Adlerian and Existential approaches, which allow her to delve into the social and familial relationships of individuals and explore their early experiences and behavior patterns.

Central to Lillian’s practice is her commitment to anti-oppressive and inclusive therapy. She recognizes the impact of systemic injustices on mental health and actively works to address power dynamics and societal barriers within her therapeutic approach. Lillian strives to create a space where clients feel valued, respected, and understood, regardless of their race, identity, socioeconomic status, or ability.

Through her warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach, Lillian provides a supportive environment where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences freely. She believes in fostering a collaborative and empowering therapeutic relationship, guiding clients on their journey toward self-discovery and personal fulfillment while advocating for social justice and equity.

 Overall, Lillian is dedicated to providing inclusive therapy that empowers clients to recognize their strengths, find purpose, and navigate life’s challenges with resilience and authenticity.

Lillian is accepting new clients beginning May, 2024. In network with Maryland Medicaid, BCBS and Cigna

Kathelyn Aviles-Landin

Kathelyn Aviles-Landin uses the pronouns she/her/ella. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling from Barry University, specializing in Clinical Mental Health, currently under the supervision of Badia Manning, LCPC.

Kathelyn holds a Master’s degree in Prevention Science and Community Health from the University of Miami. Her experience in the public health field has equipped her with invaluable skills in working with diverse populations and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between physical and mental health. Kathelyn is dedicated to understanding and addressing the unique needs of marginalized communities and advocating for equitable access to mental health care.

With a passion for helping others navigate life’s challenges and cultivate resilience, Kathelyn is committed to empowering her clients to achieve their therapeutic goals and foster positive change in their lives. Her approach to therapy is characterized by empathy, cultural sensitivity, and a deep respect for her clients’ individual experiences.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Kathelyn is dedicated to providing accessible and inclusive mental health services to individuals from all walks of life.

Accepting clients May 2024, in network with BCBS, Maryland Medicaid and Cigna.

 

Saran Khalid

Ready to embark on a transformative journey toward anti-oppresive counseling?

Saran (pronouns: she/her) is a dedicated professional, holding a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Human Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian and brings a wealth of academic prowess and expertise to her practice.

Beyond academic achievements, Saran’s commitment to excellence is evident through her active contribution as a member of the BIPOC Dietetics Nutrition Association at The University of Illinois Chicago. Her leadership abilities were exemplified during her one year tenure as the association’s president.

Saran’s professional journey spans a wide spectrum, including working with diverse populations such as geriatrics, 1st and 2nd generations, individuals in bariatric care, people living with HIV (PLWHIV), LGBTQIA+SGL community, children, adults, and those facing various health conditions. Her empathetic and tailored approach enables her to establish meaningful connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering an inclusive and affirming environment for holistic health and wellness.

On a personal note, Saran’s experience as a student athlete, having played collegiate lacrosse for four years, shapes her advocacy for student rights to access mental health care and adequate nutritional guidance. Outside her professional realm, she dedicates her time to volunteering at an animal shelter, coach BIPOC/marginalized lacrosse players, hiking, crafting cuisine, and cherishing the memories of her dog who recently passed from cancer.

Elevate your health journey with culturally sensitive and decolonized nutrition services provided by a QTBIPOC (Queer, Transgender, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian. Nutrition services are out of network (ONN), but accessible to everyone seeking an anti-racist, anti-diet, and decolonized approach to wellness

What to expect:

  • Culturally Responsive Approach: Tailored nutritional guidance that respects diverse cultural backgrounds and practices.
  • Decolonized Perspective: Embracing traditional knowledge and addressing historical disparities in nutrition and wellness.
  • Inclusive and Equitable Care: Services designed to meet the unique needs of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities.

Accepting New Clients. Out of Network with Insurance at this time.