JMD Counseling is proud of our team which is comprised of many passionate and dedicated professionals. You can learn more about them here.

If you are interested in joining our team, please visit our Careers page.

Michelle (JD, LICSW, LCSW-C) is the founder and President of JMD Counseling and Therapeutic Services. She is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the use of play to treat children and families affected by domestic violence, child abuse, and trauma.

Prior to entering private practice, Michelle was employed as a Senior Program Specialist with the Office on Violence Against Women at the United States Department of Justice.  She developed and implemented the first grant program dedicated to the issues of supervised visitation and safe exchange and managed federal demonstration projects and technical assistance focusing on child custody, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Michelle has worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services, and as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer with the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America.

She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, dual degrees in law and social work from The Catholic University of America, and completed a two year post-graduate Child and Adolescent training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Darryl is a Mental Health Therapist and certified License Graduate Professional Counselor specializing in issues surrounding masculinity and African American youth. After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago with a B.S in Psychology, Darryl went on to get his Master’s in Education from Howard University, focusing on Counseling Psychology.

He’s worked with a variety of different people, working for companies ranging from Safe Shores to Washington DC’s Children’s Advocacy Center, to Ladder Up and the Tax Assistance Program in Chicago.

Darryl feels strongly about his work because it was instilled in him at a young age that empowering other people to improve their lives is the greatest work that one can do. When he is not working with families, he enjoys following Chicago sports teams, fitness, cooking and music.

A therapist and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (MS, LPC, LGPC), Iyamide studied Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University before completing her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at the same school.

She has over seven years of experience working with at-risk adolescents and their families in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her experience includes working with adults, adolescents, and children providing individual and family therapy.

Iyamide specializes in using person-centered approaches when working with her clients. She has worked with clients who have experienced grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use, as well as simply working through current obstacles in their lives.

Iyamide is passionate about her work because she believes that her clients are experts in their own lives, and therapy is an avenue to reach contentment and their true authentic selves.

A therapist and clinical Social Worker (MSW, LCSW-C, LISW), Carole graduated from Howard University, getting her BA and MSW in Social Work.

Since her graduation, Carole focused on working with children to stabilize them in foster care. She has also worked with families affected by HIV/AIDS in a hospital setting, as well as participated in Community Clinic Programs. She has experience helping children integrate into schools by creating behavioral goals and individual education plans.

Carole specializes in working with children and families, especially with depression, trauma and sexual abuse. She guides families to healing with attachment therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and play therapy.

She’s passionate about helping families find a healthy way to cope and handle challenging life experiences. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, going to the beach, dancing, exercise, traveling and exploring new places to eat.

Dr. Valerie Relacion is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Relacion has received the honorary designation as a Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association. She specializes in treating children, adolescent, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as ADHD, PDD, Psychotic disorders and disorders of Impulse Control.

Lucy is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical, whose global journey from Poland to the United States has given her a unique experience working with different families. After finishing here first graduate degree, a Master’s in Education, at the University of Warsaw in Poland, she worked as an early childhood development and education consultant, as well as an elementary school teacher.

As her career moved more towards social work, Lucy moved to the U.S. to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University in New York City. In the 25 years since graduation, she has worked with children and their families to solve a large variety of issues.

She is passionate about helping parents and children cope with life’s difficulties. Specifically, she takes special joy in proving to herself, and to caregivers. how resilient, smart and forgiving children can be.

When she’s not working, she can be found reading, gardening and cooking for family and friends.