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 Dr. Rentie is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples, and psychological evaluations in the DC Metropolitan area. As a graduate of Howard University, Dr. Rentie has a strong foundation in the areas of trauma, culture and the importance of social justice and leadership.  She is devoted to community service and development and actively donates her time to non-profit organizations with Give an Hour (giveanhour.org) being one of those organizations.  Among her areas of expertise are trauma, parenting, relational concerns, multicultural issues, attachment, academic challenges and intimacy concerns.  In addition to being a prominent therapist, Dr. Rentie has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of parenting, academic success, trauma and cultural competence.  Dr. Rentie is an interactive therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and evidence-based techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.  

Dr. Stainback is a psychotherapist at The PSYCH GROUP, LLC who provides individual, couples, family and group therapy to children through older adults and also provides testing. Dr. Stainback has a strong background in the areas of diversity, trauma, sexual abuse, eating issues, parenting, anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Stainback also has a wealth of previous experience, including in non-profit organizations, community mental health, schools, long-term care, private practice and hospital settings. A graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Western Illinois University, Dr. Stainback has presented on various topics, including parenting and the impact of poverty and racism. Dr. Stainback takes an integrative approach to helping others. Combining her knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy, spiritual healing and various other modalities and exploring the impact of various factors, including nutrition.  Dr. Stainback works to build a blue-print designed for each of her clients to assist them to embrace and speak their truth, let go of the past and return to wholeness. Her bright spirit and enthusiasm will create a great space for clients to heal.

 Huma Sikandar, MA, is a resident in counseling with experience in working with adolescents, adults and couples dealing with trauma, difficult life transitions, mental illnesses and relational issues. She is a Northwestern University graduate with a Masters in Counseling where she also taught Counseling theories and practice at the undergraduate level. While somatic trauma interventions and cultural sensitivity are at the core of her practice, she also integrates Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral interventions and mindfulness in her therapy with clients to help them arrive at important insights about their past traumas and experiences and help them develop new coping skills. She focuses on creating a safe space for you to explore your emotions, new ways of understanding and develop skills to enable you to make positive changes in your life and build healthier relationships. Huma also provides couples therapy using an eclectic approach incorporating interventions from Emotionally Focused Therapy and Structural Family Therapy to identify unhealthy relationship patterns, understand attachment styles, and work through underlying unspoken emotions to build a healthier relationship. Approaching therapy from a multicultural lens, Huma is also able to help interracial couples deal with their unique relationship issues and societal influences/ pressures.

 Shirin Sahrael, MEd, is a resident in counseling.  Her approach to therapy and counseling is integrative and inspired by a variety of theoretical perspectives such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, and solution-focused strategies. When providing counseling and therapy, she view's her clients’ circumstances and concerns through trauma-informed and systemic perspectives and employ psychological interventions that take into account and emphasize environmental factors (such as familial, cultural, and historical contexts) as well as biological factors, on clients’ overall health and wellbeing.  Through this holistic approach, she also helps clients uncover and capitalize on their personal and inner strengths, capabilities, and resources. She has experience working with diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings including non-profit and community-based organizations. She believes that when therapy is imbued with compassion and openness to alternative methods of healing and in concert with providing a safe, validating, and supportive environment, clients are able to trust the therapeutic process, identify and overcome major roadblocks in their lives, and become empowered to access their highest potentials and thus, their true selves.

Andrea Deal, MA, LPC is a clinical practicum student that is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University.  She graduated from Marymount University and earned her Masters degree in Foresic Psychology.  She is a licensed professional counselor in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Ms. Deal possesses 12 years of continuous experience with individuals involved in the Judicial Court Systems and a strong background in substance abuse and mental health (to include trauma, anxiety, and depression). She believes in providing integrative support services to both individual and families through enhancing strengths, making positive choices and allowing positive change to promote the healing process. Andrea understands that everyone enters the therapeutic relationship with a personal story, unique experiences, strengths and individualized needs. For this reason, she employs person centered methods to create the most supportive, and empowering environment possible. Her role is to assist you in reaching your goals and achieving positive changes. Andrea works with children, adolescents, adults, and offer individual, couples and family therapy. Her treatment modalities are multi-faceted and include solution-focused, cognitive behavioral techniques & mindfulness. Andrea is fully committed to advocate for those in need of the highest quality of treatment services. She is a firm believer that when an individual is given the opportunity to tell his/her story and given a safe space to heal and develop effective coping skills, they too, can find a road to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.



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