About

We are mental health professionals who believe mental wellness is a right and not a privilege. We demonstrate this with our combined 40 years of professional experience working in community behavioral health settings. We are committed to providing highly effective and individualized counseling services to meet the unique needs of DMV residents in support of their mental well-being.

Meet the team

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Joanne Kim, M.Ed., LPC
Co-Owner, Therapist, Consultant & Trainer

I am a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia and co-owner of M&K Counseling Associates Inc. I have over 15 years of work experience in various behavioral health settings. My professional efforts focused on providing equitable and inclusive healthcare to culturally diverse populations. I want to personally ensure that M&K Counseling Associates Inc delivers exceptional counseling and psychotherapy services while considering every individual’s financial situation.

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Jami Murray, Ed.D, LPC-DC-VA, LCPC-MD, NCC
Co-Owner, Therapist, Consultant & Trainer

I am a co-owner of M&K Counseling Associates Inc and have over 20 years of professional experience in leadership, supervisory, and practitioner roles in various behavioral health settings. I’m a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia and earned a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am also an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development Clinical Counseling Program. In my practice, I have helped a diverse population of clients overcome a variety of challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, family conflict, career or academic stressors, and relationship concerns. I also have extensive knowledge working with mental illness, motivation challenges, LGBTQIA populations, and domestic abuse.

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Anne DiGirolamo, Therapist
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, DC

I am a warm and engaging  therapist with over 15 years of counseling experience. I am also an adjunct instructor at Catholic University School of Social Work. My conversational approach to therapy combines humanistic and cognitive behavioral styles in a non-judgmental and inviting manner. I have extensive experience working with trauma, victims of sexual assault, and substance abuse. During the early 1990's, I was an AIDS epidemic advocate who worked with families and individuals living with this disease.

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Danielka Zeledon, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, DC
Licensed Resident Counselor, VA

I am a bilingual Spanish-English resident in counseling licensed in Virginia. I obtained a master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from George Mason University. Also, I have advanced training and professional experience using CBT and other evidence based practices interning at GMU’s Center for Psychological Services and Cognitive Assessment Program. I particularly enjoy working with culturally diverse population and couples. I recognize the power of human potential, and the importance of connections in the healing journey.

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Gaku Fujiyama, Therapist
Licensed Resident Counselor, VA

I am a bilingual Japanese-English Resident in Counseling licensed in Virginia. I have experience helping a diverse population of clients with their challenges related to anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, career or academic stressors, and communication skills. I also have advanced training and professional experience using CBT and other evidence-based practices interning at George Mason University's Center for Psychological Services and Cognitive Assessment Program.

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Patricia Mathison, Therapist
Licensed Resident Counselor, VA

I am a passionate and engaging therapist who believes everyone can heal and grow. I partner with my clients to empower them so they can recognize their own capacity to make positive change through a humanistic and person-centered approach. I have experience working with grief and loss, survivors of trauma, identity issues, LGBTQIA populations, and youth on socio-emotional wellbeing. I aim to utilize my background and commitment for social justice to address barriers to mental wellness.

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Alex Arkoian, Therapist
Licensed Resident Counselor, VA

I am a nonjudgmental, open-minded, and compassionate therapist who is curious about my clients and their unique emotional, cultural, and social experiences. I am skilled working with adolescents and adults on challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, and grief. I use a blend of counseling theories and techniques to collaborate with and empower my clients, including strength-based, person-centered, and relational therapy. I have great respect and admiration for clients seeking to heal and grow.

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Nicole Brzozowski, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, DC

I am a warm and person-centered graduate counselor licensed in Washington, D.C. Strengths-based, narrative, and multicultural in my approach, I believe in partnering with my clients to empower them to embody their strengths and capacities to make positive change. As a bi-racial Korean-American who has worked domestically and abroad, I have experience working with diverse populations on challenges related to career development, academic stressors, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, identity, and motivation.

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Carolyn Clark, Therapist
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, DC

Partnering with individuals to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and overcome their obstacles is my passion. I have worked with a diverse population of clients in the non-profit sector for the last 5 years. During which time I have worked with adults, teens, and children, including veterans and members of the LGBTQIA community, to develop strategies that allow them to achieve their goals. I have experience with a wide range of mental health diagnoses, trauma, substance use, and domestic violence. I believe building our understanding of how our brains and emotions work empowers each of us to live life more fully.

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Joanna Chakerian, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Social Worker, DC

I have experience working with various adult populations on a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and life transitions. My therapeutic approach is primarily psychodynamic, while incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness styles. I genuinely enjoy actively listening to my clients in order to understand their goals, strengths, and challenges.

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Dawne Sherman, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, DC
Licensed Resident Counselor, VA

I am currently a Resident in Counseling in Virginia with a dual master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and K-12 School Counseling.  For the past seven years, I have provided mental health and addiction treatment services in a variety of community agency settings.  In addition, I have a year and a half of experience as a school counselor, supporting youth and teens with a broad range of concerns.  My clinical focus is on empowerment, growth, and change.  I am inspired to assist individuals with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, LGBTQ concerns, grief work, pet loss, and other life transitions.

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Shavonne Williams, Intern
Counseling Graduate Student

I have over 6 years of professional experience focusing on mental wellness for high-risk populations. I believe everyone can learn and facilitate their growth if they are open to the counseling and healing process.

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Chelsey Young, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, DC

I am a non judgmental, empathic Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor. With over 7 years of experience providing social services in the DMV area, working with high risk populations, those experiencing symptoms of mental health (such as Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD), those struggling with substance use, and members of the LGBTQIA+ Community. I strive to utilize a trauma informed, culturally competent approach in order to provide a safe and supportive environment. I recognize that every individual is unique and I empower clients to achieve their therapeutic goals.

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Amy Oberson, Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, DC

I am a licensed professional counselor in DC and have worked with both young adults, women, and children in my work as a therapist. My approach to counseling is a warm, empathetic, and person-centered approach as I am passionate about meeting each client where they are and then collectively work to establish goals to achieve personal healing and growth. I have experience working with women's health issues, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma, as well as autism spectrum disorder. I served as a therapist in a school setting for several years and continue to enjoy working with children and adolescents. Also, I offer support to parents and adults as they navigate familial changes and life transitions. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

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Jalen Graves, Therapist
Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, DC

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in DC, as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I am a Southern Girl with a Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and a Masters degree from Georgia State University. I have a background in Substance Abuse and co-occurring disorders, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other evidence based practices. I enjoy working with emerging adults in a solution focused, person centered environment.

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Krysta Michaelides, Intern
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student

I have over 7 years of professional experience providing counseling services with diverse populations in New York and the DMV area, including being a crisis counselor in helping sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. As a therapist, I utilize evidence-based practices and mindfulness techniques to help clients learn and facilitate their growth through the counseling and healing process. I am inspired to assist individuals with self-esteem, trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction and other life issues. It is my passion to help individuals empower themselves, to develop a deeper self-awareness and to overcome obstacles they encounter in their lives. I work under the supervision and guidance of M&K Counseling Associates Co-Owners - Joanne Kim & Dr. Murray.

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Caroline Poirrier, Intern
Social Work Graduate Student

I am a Graduate Clinical Social Work intern who believes that evidence-based therapy can help individuals overcome challenges and enhance their wellbeing. I work collaboratively with clients to understand what they are struggling with, identify objectives, and develop the skills to achieve them. Over the past 15 years, I have worked with diverse populations and organizations in the non-profit sector. I have training and experience in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness and have experience working on issues including anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, relationships, and life transitions. I work under the supervision and guidance of M&K Counseling Associates Co-Owners - Joanne Kim & Dr. Murray.

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Freddy Chacon, Intern
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student

I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student. I support clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, alcohol and substance abuse issues, career challenges, youth behavioral issues, relationship issues, and life-span issues. I tailor my work to each client utilizing clinical best-practices supported by research. I can help you explore and learn about specific thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviors that are causing life challenges and how these conditions are impacting your well-being and daily functioning. I have been learning about and exploring the mental health profession over the past decade. I am a career changer with diverse global business management experience working at some of the largest corporations. I am also a bilingual Spanish-English speaker. I believe in the power of therapy to methodically reflect upon life events, alleviate mental and emotional hurdles, and plan for a healthy and bright future. I work under the supervision and guidance of M&K Counseling Associates Co-Owners - Joanne Kim & Dr. Murray.

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  • M&K Counseling Associates Inc.

    4414 5th St. NW
    Washington DC, 20011

    1655 Fort Myer Drive
    Suite 700
    Arlington, VA 22209

    Telephone: (202) 670-3017

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