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Our Therapists


Sydney Bryson, LCPC

Sydney Bryson is the Executive Clinical Director of Alek's House. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has practiced in the Metropolitan area since 2007.  She received her Masters in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology in 2005. She works closely with children and adults providing both individual and family therapy. Her therapeutic approach is to provide clients with support while empowering them to achieve their fullest potential whether it is at home, within their family, marriage or in the workplace. She realizes that each individual is unique and deserves to be treated as such. Ms. Bryson has worked closely with children, adolescents, adults and couples utilizing the Cognitive Behavior therapy approach, which helps the clients to uncover and alter distortions of thought which may be causing or prolonging psychological distress. She has used this approach to work with a broad spectrum of problems including depression, anxiety, phobias and difficult relationships. She is committed to each individual’s journey to mental wellness and emotional balance. 

Latarsha Walker, LCPC

Is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor practicing for over 7 years.  She obtained her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 2002.  She works with children and adult clients serving in modalities of individual, family and group therapy.  Ms. Walker's therapeutic approach includes multiple therapeutic techniques; which are employed to support and empower clients to achieve goals.  Therapeutic techniques utilized are Person Centered Therapy, Family Therapy, and Reality Therapy.  Populations served with these techniques are client’s who experience symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia, environmental and relational problems. She believes each individual deserves to be treated with respect and live life to the highest potential with mental, developmental and emotional wellness.



Kehinde Paul, LGSW

Is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and has been practicing for 7 years. He has been working in this field for over 20 years and received his Masters Degree in Social Work in 2002.  He works with children and adults providing individual and family therapy.  Many of his therapy sessions are community based and include in-school sessions as well as in home sessions.  He is a strong advocate for his clients and attends IEP meetings as well as facilitations conducted at the Maryland Department of Social Services.  Mr. Paul utilizes empowerment and strength based perspectives in treating his clients.  He also believes in meeting the client where they currently are ( i.e. emotionally, psychologically, and behaviorally).  He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults teaching them coping strategies, and minimizing maladaptive defense mechanisms. He has a strong background in working with adults with Axis 1 psychotic and mood disorders and understands the behaviors associated with them.  He is committed to dedicating his work to supporting our clients towards wellness and emotional stability. 

Valari Carreno, LCPC

Is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in individual, geriatric and family therapy.  Ms. Carreno graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York with a focus on psychology and sociology.  She attended graduate school at Bowie State University and specialized in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Carreno has worked with consumers needing comprehensive services including 24-hour group support to outpatient mental health treatment. With over 13 years experience as a therapist she is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are traumatic brain injury, thought and mood disorders, medical and health concerns, aging and geriatric care, families and special needs.



   Kathleen M.A. Young, LGMFT

Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has been practicing for over 6 years in both California and Maryland, and graduated with a Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College, California.  She conducts psychotherapy with children, teens and adults in providing individual, couples and family therapy. Ms. Young’s treatment emphasis includes Depression, Anxiety/Phobias, PTSD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Marital Conflicts, as well as Personality Disorders and relationship problems.  Her treatment interventions are eclectic including Family Systems, Client Centered, CBT, Attachment Theories, as well as Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic modalities. Ms. Young has a core belief that the life span of the human experience can be broadened and enhanced for every individual who has a desire for deeper insights, healing and self-understanding.  She believes that there are many approaches to outpatient psychotherapy and various formats in which it may occur. Despite variations, all psychotherapy is a two-way process that works especially well when clients and their clinicians can communicate safely and openly about presenting problems, thus paving the way to transformation and optimum mental health.

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