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), Certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT), 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.

Tracy Birmingham

Tracy uses pronouns she/her and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She is a compassionate and dedicated professional, holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas (2015) and another Master’s in Criminal Justice Security and Administration from the University of Phoenix (2008). Her extensive educational background forms the foundation for her therapeutic approach, which centers around trauma-informed care.

In her practice, Tracy employs an eclectic methodology, drawing from various therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, somatic therapy, addiction processing, all viewed through an
anti-oppressive lens. Her commitment to trauma-informed care is evident in her holistic approach, ensuring clients receive comprehensive support.

With a wealth of experience, Tracy has had the privilege of providing counseling to diverse clients. Her expertise spans various settings, including rehab day treatment facilities, intensive outpatient programs, group therapy, family therapy, school-based counseling, and crisis intervention. Tracy specializes in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, substance use, and clients identifying as neurodivergent.

Tracy cultivates a safe, affirming, and supportive environment for her clients to explore the challenges they face. She believes in creating a space where individuals can feel heard, understood, and empowered to embark on their journey towards healing.

Beyond her professional commitments, Tracy finds solace in her personal pursuits. Working in her yard, indulging in reading, and cherishing moments with her grandchildren are sources of joy. Family holds a paramount place in her life, providing both grounding and relaxation.

Tracy is deeply passionate about empowering individuals to embrace their full potential and thrive. Her work is characterized by empathy, dedication, and a commitment to fostering holistic well-being.

Accepting new clients in Maryland as of February 2024, Tracy is in-network with BCBS, CareFirst, Cigna, and Maryland Medicaid.

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.

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

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.

Saran Khalid

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Saran (pronouns: she/her) is a dedicated professional, holding a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Human Nutrition. With an eligibility to sit for her Registered Dietetics Exam, she 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.

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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.
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