Dr. Marcus R. Patterson, Psy.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Patterson has over a decade of experience serving various mental health populations in various roles and capacities. He has received training in several clinical treatment modalities and provides an eclectic and individualized therapeutic approach when working with clients.  His areas of expertise include: 

· Depression, Anxiety, and Anger 

· Life Transitions 

· Relationship and Interpersonal Functioning Issues 

· Sexual Identity Issues 

· College-life Issues 

· Grief  

· Substance Abuse and Dependence

· Racial and Cultural Issues

I specialize in and enjoy working with men and women of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations. I seek to provide a safe, empathic, and comfortable environment where you may feel secure and empowered to share and explore your thoughts, feelings, and desires. We will work together to identify and bring clarity to the problems and difficulties you are facing in your life. Through our work together, we will collaboratively develop goals and a plan which will improve your quality of life and sense of comfort and well-being. I work from an eclectic perspective and tailor treatment to the needs of individual clients through a strong therapeutic alliance, trust, and compassion. I hold the therapeutic relationship in the highest regard and seek to ensure you feel you have received and been treated with the utmost care and respect.  


Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC and the Commonwealth of Virginia

DC: PSY1001492   VA:  0810005630 

PsyD: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Arlington, VA 

MA: Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Argosy University, Arlington, VA  

Dr. Phillip Graham, PhD

Psychology Resident


Phillip E. Graham, Ph.D. is a graduate of Howard University’s Counseling Psychology program housed in the School of Education. His current research is focused on addressing issues centered around the intersection of Mental Health, Sexual Health, Inclusion and Holistic Health Practices. He has a passion for community outreach and normalizing therapy for people of color. He has gained experience working in Forensic settings, Assessments, Hospitals and Counseling Centers.  His work experiences are as follows: Internship with North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Washington D.C. Superior Courts: Child Guidance Clinic, Community Counseling & Mentoring Services, Inc. (CCMS), Friendship Charter Schools, Washington D.C., VA Medical Center, Howard University Counseling Center, WEB DuBois Scholar Institute: Housed at Princeton University, and Overcoming Gangs in San Diego.

Dr. Graham considers himself to be a Mental Health, Social Justice, and Youth Advocate. He is the founder and Co-host of 6 Degrees of Black Mental Health, a show created to address Mental Health concerns within the Black community, from a Black Male perspective. His theoretical orientation includes an eclectic application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic practices. He believes in Client-Centered Therapy and using innovative interventions to meet the client’s needs. He lives by the mantra that, “Every human has four endowments; self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond, to change.” Stephen Covey

Dr. Graham is currently a registered psychology resident with the state of Virginia and a Psychology Associate in Washington, DC and is practicing under the direct supervision of Dr. Marcus R. Patterson, PsyD. 

Ms. Torre Boyd, MS, NCC

Resident in Counseling




As a Master’s Level Resident of Counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia and National Certified Counselor, I help to empower individuals and couples who are going through life transitions. This can be anything from workplace stress, relationship issues or divorce, anxiety, and feeling as if you do not have space or courage to be your authentic self. 

I offer a wide range of counseling and psychological services to guide you through life’s challenges and most trying times. Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Mental Health Service Provider can make things better. ​  I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, with an Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity Washington University. A passion of mine is helping to normalize therapy. 

Torre currently works under the supervision of Maleka Walters, LMFT in Mclean, Virginia and Dr. Amy Parks LPC, in Alexandria, VA.

Erica Joy Phillips, M.A.,

Resident in Counseling



Have you been feeling less like yourself lately? Irritated by others or experiencing anger or crying spells out of nowhere? Do you fear that something awful might happen at any moment? Are you in a relationship and don't feel valued? You are not alone. Just like our cars, our mental health requires regular tune ups as well. Allow me to help you regain your sense of normalcy and personal control in life. Together we can achieve a healthy balance of mental health fitness. I am here to help you discover solutions while providing you support on your journey.

My specialty includes working with the African American millennial male or female young adult/college student who might be struggling with understanding who they are as a person of color in a world who only seems to see their color. I enjoy assisting them with understanding how to navigate their environment with intention, purpose and a more mindful approach. I have been privileged to work with foster and adoptive youth and families for over 15 years, providing me with an empathetic lens of understanding to their unique needs and life transitions. My goal is to help both populations with embracing and empowering them to use their uniqueness and brilliance while facing their past to create their future. 

My approach to counseling is client-centered and strengths-based. We will collaborate on treatment planning and tailor sessions best suited to your individual needs. I utilize Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Meditation, yoga practices and music therapy during my counseling sessions, to help clients connect with tools of self-empowerment. If you feel we could be a good fit, I would love to support you on your journey!      

Erica is a Resident in Counseling, registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling completing her clinical supervisory hours to become licensed to practice as an independent clinician in the state of Virginia.

Erica currently works under the supervision of  Latasha Monique Scott, LPC.


Yessenia Arias, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor



Yessenia Arias is a Bolivian-American who obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College and attended the College of William and Mary for her undergraduate studies.  For the past years she has specialized in working with the immigrant community, survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bullying, and stress with adults, teens, and children as young as 8 years old.  Her work with different non-profits has allowed her to gain extensive experience working with trauma, issues of acculturation and identity, and the LGBTQ community.  Her therapeutic approach is eclectic, pulling from various treatment modalities to best fit the needs of her clients.  She strives to build a strong and trusting relationships from which to generate honest and open spaces to explore and strengthen skills.  Her priority is the client, allowing them to create the space to feel heard and respected.

Yessenia is a social justice activist and strong advocate for her clients.  As a therapist of color, her hope is to break down stigma within brown and black communities around seeking mental health support.  Within her work with clients, she strives to empower individuals to recognize the value of their voice even when the rest of society does not.  For her, therapy is the tool with which people cannot only address difficulties and barriers in their lives, but also find the pathways to thrive and grow as individuals.

Yessenia Arias is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, D.C.

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