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


Joanne Kim, M.Ed., LPC

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.


Jami Murray, Ed.D, LPC-DC-VA, LCPC-MD, NCC

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.


Carolyn Clark, LICSW-DC, LCSWC-MD
Junior Partner

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.


Danielka Zeledon, LPC-DC-VA
Clinical Supervisor

I am a bilingual Spanish-English licensed professional counselor serving clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia. I have advanced training and professional experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based practices that focus on body-mind connection. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and directive in nature, and I support clients to strengthen their sense of autonomy throughout treatment. I enjoy working with culturally diverse populations and couples. I recognize the power of human potential to promote change, and use the therapeutic connection to promote client's healing.


Anne DeGirolamo, LICSW- DC
Clinical Supervisor

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.


Peter Devlin, LICSW-DC
Clinical Supervisor

I practice a relational form of psychodynamic/humanistic therapy, emphasizing the client-therapist relationship. I specialize in mood disorders, trauma, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as working with couples and families. My approach is client-centered, creating a safe space for clients to explore and heal. I incorporate evidence-based practices, including dialectical behavior therapy, to help clients manage symptoms. In couples and family therapy, I focus on communication and relationship dynamics to foster stronger connections. My goal is to empower clients to create positive changes and achieve personal growth. I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's in social work from the University of Southern California.


Tevin Cobalt, LICSW-DC

With a passion for providing a safe and judgment-free space for open expression, I am a dedicated therapist with over five years of experience in community behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment. I believe in the power of strength-based and motivational therapeutic conversations to empower individuals in exploring their aspirations and navigating conflicting emotions with empathy. Drawing from Afrocentric and Black perspectives, I strive to integrate culturally sensitive modalities into my practice to honor and validate each individual's unique identity. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I bring personal insights and sensitivity to the table, particularly when it comes to identity development, sexual struggles, and self-expression. I deeply respect the courage it takes to seek self-improvement through therapy, and I am committed to guiding you towards growth, resilience, and inner peace on our journey of empowerment. Together, let's embark on a path towards healing and self-discovery.


Nicole Brzozowski, LPC-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.


Shavonne Williams, LGPC-DC

I am an engaging and empathetic psychotherapist with over seven years of experience in the mental health field. My expertise lies in nurturing mental wellness, particularly among marginalized communities. With a warm conversational style, I specialize in supporting young professionals as they navigate life's transitions and battles with anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, and personality disorders. My practice is grounded in cultural competence and a deep-seated belief in everyone's innate potential for growth. I am dedicated to guiding clients from diverse backgrounds towards achieving their goals and fostering resilience through transformative therapy.


Krysta Michaelides, LGPC-DC-MD Licensed Resident Counselor-VA

I have over 8 years of professional experience providing counseling services with diverse populations in NY and the DMV area, including being a crisis counselor in helping sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. My role as a therapist isn’t to tell you how to live, but to help you explore ways to live life more fully. I utilize evidence-based practices and mindfulness techniques to help clients learn and facilitate growth. I am inspired to assist individuals with self-esteem, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and addiction related challenges. I also specialize in working with medical professionals, business professionals, and the Web3 community. It is my passion to help individuals empower themselves, to develop a deeper self-awareness, and to overcome obstacles they encounter in their lives.


Dorothy Mebane, LGPC-DC

I am a licensed graduate professional counselor for Washington, DC. I obtained my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Mason University where I interned at the GMU Center for Psychological Services. I have experience and advanced training using behavioral and CBT interventions, components of DBT, mindfulness, and other evidence-based practices. My prior work experience includes crisis counseling at the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and working with homeless and immigrant populations. Using a person-centered and collaborative approach, I help culturally diverse clients facing challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, loss (including loss of a child), self-esteem, and relationship distress, as they find hope and become empowered to move forward to a more fulfilling life.


Karla Kolb, LGPC-DC

I am a non-judgmental counselor who is eager to learn about your individual circumstances and struggles. I have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University. I have also worked in a variety of mental health treatment settings and most valued my experience working with adults in underprivileged populations. My range of experiences include, but is not limited to, supporting people with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, life stressors, and substance use. I seek to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each client and value culturally sensitive approaches to therapy. I strive to work collaboratively with my clients to empower them to accomplish their life goals.


Runa Alnoor, Licensed Resident Counselor - VA

I am dedicated to hearing and understanding every person's unique life story with empathy, curiosity, and a non-judgmental approach. Providing a safe space for sharing highs and lows, I work with individuals to unlearn limiting thoughts and behaviors and replace them with healthier habits. I specialize in working with young professionals, teenagers, and college students in the DMV area, I offer tailored strength-based approaches to meet individual needs. Fluent in English and Pashto, I welcome clients from diverse backgrounds and have experience helping those dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma.


Adam Thibodeau, LGSW-DC

I am passionate about helping my clients navigate their mental health challenges and find healing and growth. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment where my clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes in their lives. I provide high-quality, compassionate care to all of my clients as they journey towards healing and transformation. With over 7 years of experience in the behavioral health field, I have honed my skills in utilizing an eclectic approach to therapy that integrates Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan, and my work has been recognized by political leaders in Southwest Detroit for my dedication to working with marginalized populations. I have experience working with young adults, urban center adolescents, individuals struggling with addiction, and survivors of domestic violence.


Simone Mishler, LGSW-DC

I come to the world of therapy with a focus on mindfulness. After working a few years in communications and teaching yoga in the community, I realized I make the most impact working one on one with individuals who want to be more present in their lives. I have been sharing the benefits of mindfulness meditation with the people of the DMV for more than five years. I have a strong interest in utilizing these practices to help individuals experiencing trauma and emotional distress heal, so they can move forward by focusing on their life goals.


Maya Deshpande, LGPC-DC

I approach counseling by creating an open, collaborative environment to empower clients to build self-compassion and define their identity on their own terms. As a queer person from an Indian-American family, I am passionate about centering my clients’ cultural contexts and intersectional identities since they play a role in how we all view the world. I primarily work with adolescent and young adult clients who may struggle with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, trauma, eating disorders and OCD. I also have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and individuals who want to explore their racial and ethnic identity. I integrate Narrative therapy, which will center our sessions around the stories that we all carry about ourselves and the world around us.


Emarie Drake, LGSW-DC

I am a compassionate and nonjudgmental therapist who believes the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing process. In my work I utilize a person-centered and strength-based approach to foster growth and promote positive change for clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and life stressors in community mental health and child welfare settings. I have also worked closely with clients diagnosed with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am passionate about providing LGBTQIA+ affirming care and strive to create an environment that is inclusive and safe for clients.


Emily Partigan, LGPC-DC

I am passionate about providing a safe and open space where clients can express themselves and explore their therapeutic goals. I work collaboratively with clients and utilize a compassionate, person-centered, and holistic approach. I have assisted clients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, disordered eating, trauma, sexuality, relationship issues, and more. I identify as a queer, transracially adopted, Korean-American woman and feel it can be beneficial to be transparent about these aspects of myself with clients based on my drive to work with individuals in diverse communities.


Faith Eckhoff, LGPC-DC

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor located in Washington, DC. I successfully completed my internship at Counseling and Consulting on the Hill where I gained experience working with adults, couples, and families. Using person-centered approaches and evidenced-based interventions, I offer unconditional acceptance and believe in empowering clients while supporting their cultural values. Utilizing collaboration and curiosity within the counseling room, I view clients as experts of their own lives. I also incorporate mindfulness practice to aid clients in connecting their mind and body in the present moment.


Annie Carro, LGPC-DC

I am a multilingual therapist (Spanish, Russian, French, and German) who believes that relationships are a key component of the therapeutic process. As a clinician, I seek to empower clients to be actively involved in their treatment and reach the goals they set for themselves. I also believe that each client is unique and aim to understand how I can best support them based on their life experiences. I use a person-centered and trauma-informed approach, incorporating various treatment modalities tailored to my clients’ needs. I have experience supporting clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, identity-related concerns, relationship concerns, trauma, and other life stressors. Coming from a multicultural background myself, I am also passionate about serving those with multicultural and intersectional identities. I look forward to supporting you in your therapeutic journey.


Lizzy Barna, LGPC-DC

As a counselor, my approach is diverse, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and techniques from Internal Family Systems, all shaped by a feminist and multicultural framework. I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet each client’s individual needs. As a graduate of George Washington University’s clinical mental health counseling program, I was able to practice evidence-based approaches at their community psychotherapy clinic. I enjoy having the opportunity to work closely with clients from different cultural backgrounds and those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. My hope is that through thoughtful collaboration, we can create a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to explore your emotions, achieve personal growth, and feel empowered to lead a fulfilling life.


Alicia Shelby, LGPC-DC

I am a licensed graduate professional counselor who really enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. I have vast experience working with children, adolescents, adult students, and young professionals in a variety of environments. I am passionate about providing clients with opportunities to communicate through self expression. I support individuals with learning tools to manage adhd, anxiety, behavioral challenges, and mood symptoms. I am a therapist at M&K Counseling Associates Inc. and provide in-person or tele-therapy.


Kathy Dolan, Social Work Intern

Participating in therapy reflects your commitment to growth, hope, and a deep desire for well-being. My goal as a clinician is to provide a safe space for you to explore the parts of yourself and your life that you want to understand, make peace with, and perhaps change. I believe wellness is a human right. And so, I am committed to cultivating a non-judgmental, antiracist, gender-affirming, as well as body- and sex-positive environment. I come to this work with a 20-year career, and advanced degree, in public health spanning the fields of HIV/STD and substance use harm reduction, health disparities, and environmental health with a focus on climate change. This work informs my core belief that we must consider the whole of our lives, our past and present surroundings, in order to fully understand our beliefs and actions. I can’t wait to meet you! I work under the mentorship and supervision of M&K Counseling Associates’ senior staff.


Amy Wagman, Counseling Intern

I am a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and supportive counseling intern who approaches counseling from a curiosity standpoint. I am eager to learn more about clients and their individual experiences in the world. Our unique stories make us who we are, and I provide space for clients to explore all aspects of themselves. I completed my practicum at the Community Counseling Services Center (CCSC) at George Washington University working with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting concerns including but not limited to work/life balance, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship challenges, self-esteem, identity issues, grief/loss, and family dynamics. I also have previous experience working with children on course performance, behavior, and social-emotional learning. I strive to be holistic, and I care to learn about clients as people both in and outside of the counseling space. I work under the supervision and guidance of Joanne Kim & Dr. Murray; co-owners of M&K Counseling Associates.


Dann Royal, Counseling Intern

I am a final year graduate student at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I practice an integrative approach to talk-therapy that utilizes cognitive behavioral and solution-focused techniques to assist clients in processing emotions, developing new skills, exploring their identity, and navigating life transitions. This collaborative and culturally mindful approach has been applied in guiding clients through the use of their personal strengths and resources in pursuit of their goals. I offer a safe and secure environment to support adults experiencing anxiety, interpersonal issues, and emotional distress. This has included individuals with varied diagnoses, seeking trauma-informed and/or LGBTQIA+ affirming care.


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