Here at JFL & Associates Counseling Services , LLC, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Since our founding in 2000, we have been determined to make an impact. The core of our efforts is to bring our team’s fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities we’re involved in. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.

Our  Team

Our Offerings

7 days a week 365 days a year Talk therapy where you are! 

Our Mission

To service the community by way of counseling. Counseling adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples.

Dr. Joanne Frederick Leiva


Dr. Deshundria Fortson



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Shannon Kasim


Diane Jenkins


Dr. Joanne Frederick Leiva has been in the field of Counseling for over 25 years as a University Professor and a Counselor in Private Practice.  Dr. Frederick specializes in treating people with Anxiety, Depression, Relationship issues, Terminal illnesses, and learning disabilities.  She works with Individuals, Couples, Groups, Adults and children.


She Holds a Doctorate Degree in Counseling from the George Washington University in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University.   She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, and a National Certified Counselor.


Dr. Frederick is also currently the Executive Director of a Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization named Holistic Opportunities Propelling Everyone. Also known as The H.O.P.E Center of Carmody Hills.  This organization provides Counseling, Mentorship, and Educational workshops within underserved communities.


She is a wife, mother of 3, and a Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. In addition, she takes pride in her Caribbean-American Heritage


She has many written and presentation publications concerning mentorship, supervision, and counseling, to name a few.


Her most recent work consists of coining the term "Bibliopsychoeducation ". This term refers to the infusion of Biblical works and scriptures with psychology as a means to enhancing coping skills.

Dr. Deshundria Fortson is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, D.C. She has been working as a professional counselor in the following areas: K-12 Public School System, Department of Corrections, Community Counseling, and Domestic Violence Shelters. Dr. Fortson is available to provide therapeutic services to children, adults, families, and couples as well as to conduct group therapy. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but utilizes a variety of treatments, techniques to help her clients in their therapeutic process and reach desired goals. Dr. Fortson’s expertise is working with an individual with symptoms of depression, anxiety, additions, suicidal ideations, compulsive disorders, as well as those going through life transitions such as adjustments to illness, divorce, and grief.


Dr. Fortson has a Masters in Guidance and Counseling, a Doctorate in Education, and a member of the American Counseling Association.

Nicolle R. Womack-Sinclair

Resident Intern to Dr. Joanne Frederick-Leiva, NCC, LPC, LCPC


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I have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.)  degree in Psychology from Ursinus College and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Community Counseling from Marymount University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LCPC) in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  I have been working as a professional counselor for the past 8 years providing therapeutic services to adults, children, families and couples in outpatient settings such as office, school and in home. 


As a professional counselor, I have had training in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), however I utilize a variety of therapies, skills and techniques to assist individuals in their therapeutic process.   My theoretical background stems from the Adlerian approach which examines an individual’s need to be accepted, significant and respected.  I believe that people want to be valued and connected but suffer from insecurities and inferiorities that leads to mental health concerns or crises.  My primary focus is working with individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem as well as life challenges.

Diane Jenkins is a nationally certified (NCC), licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC), who has been working under the supervision of Dr. Joanne Frederick Levia for the last 3 years at JFL & Associates, LLC; as well as the Hope Center of Carmody Hills.  She has successfully treated  individuals, couples and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation, while empowering them to overcome these obstacles that hamper a fruitful life. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence- based intervention that focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors that are unhelpful.  Strategies used in CBT help to improve emotional regulation by strategically developing coping strategies that are aimed towards solving presented problems.

Her background also includes over 20 years of volunteer experience working in various arenas as a counselor and mentor.  Some to include DC Youth Detention Centers, DC Department of Recreation, DC Public Schools, and S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat).