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


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Dr. Deshundria Fortson



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Shannon Kasim


Gabrielle McGill Carpenter



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


Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/4119417270?pwd=MGRjQ0hUWWhTZUJKczkrbHMxS3hVdz09

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Alan Stewart



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.

Erin Haley, Assistant Administrator


Erin Haley is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic Honor Society International. She has a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Psychology from the College of Charleston. Recently she worked with George Mason University’s Center for Psychological Services as a counselor intern. Erin has also served as a guest speaker for George Mason University’s Clinical Mental Health Ethics course. She is currently pursuing a provisional license as an LGPC in the District of Columbia. Currently Erin serves as Assistant Administrator to JFL & Associates Counseling Services. Erin is enthusiastic and passionate about mental health counseling and education. Her goal is to provide evidence-based and effective counseling services to our diverse individuals, couples, and families.

Gabrielle McGill Carpenter is an alumni of Michigan State and George Mason (Virginia)
Universities where she earned a B.A. in Business Marketing and M.Ed. in Counseling &
Development, respectively. She also attended Whittier Law School in California. Most
recently, she completed a Post-Master’s Counseling Licensure Certification (PCLC) and
earned her Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) certification for the state
of Maryland. She is working as a Counseling Associate under the supervision of Dr.
Joanne Frederick, JFL & Associates Counseling Services LLC,
Gabrielle is a former Director of School Counseling, independent educational
consultant, author and current school administrator in Loudoun County, Virginia. She is
the recipient of several professional awards and recognition for service in her
community and counseling expertise. She has been committed for the past 22 years to
helping individuals and families explore their personal strength and resources in their
families, school and communities.
Gabrielle has experience working with individuals from various backgrounds and

cultures. She has worked with individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD and work-
related issues. She has also worked with people who are struggling with relationship

issues. She enjoys working with vulnerable populations who are adjusting to life
changes, and those trying to find and maintain balance in life.
As a clinician, she believes that meeting people where they are combined with
compassion, transparency, and humor are the cornerstones of developing a healthy
therapeutic relationship. She seeks to provide a nonjudgmental and safe space. She is
committed to helping individuals address their emotions and feelings to improve their
overall well-being. She also aims to empower individuals to overcome obstacles and
develop coping skills to deal with life’s guaranteed challenges.
Gabrielle is committed to collaborating with and creating individualized goals to meet
the needs of her clients by utilizing an integrative counseling approach that includes
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and
Person-Centered Therapy.
Her philosophy is that people should thrive, and not just survive!

Alan Stewart has been working in the field of mental health for approximately 25 years. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia since 1996 providing counseling/therapy services to children and adults.  He joined JFL & Associates in Dec. 2019 and continues to conduct individual, family and couples therapy for those seeking treatment.  Over the past 30 years, he has worked at PSI Services as a clinician. His roles have included mental health therapist, stabilization therapist, program director and team coordinator.  He has also consulted with various agencies in the district including Institute of Life Enrichment, Fihankra Wellness Center, RCI, Donna Lui and Associates and Alternative Solutions for Youth.  Mr. Stewart’s primary services have included group therapy, diagnostic assessments, behavior modification, cultural diversity training and foster parent training.   

Mr. Stewart utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral therapy approach.  In his work over the years, he has found that this approach has been successful at significantly impacting numerous lives of children and families in various contexts, namely, the child welfare system and court systems.  In addition to having a strong passion for helping people grow, Mr. Stewart uses CBT as a tool for teaching clients to cope with symptoms of trauma, depression, anger and anxiety.  He also has experience working with children with diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. Mr. Stewart believes that all behavior is purposeful and that he is able to help clients on their journeys to a deeper understanding of their own behaviors and triggers to ultimately develop productive strategies for change.


Mr. Stewart is achieving great success in developing and improving relationships among couples.   He focuses in the areas of conflict resolution, communicating effectively, and re-igniting intimacy.    He shared that in order for relationships to grow, then one must learn to cultivate in order to build equity and increase value in the relationship.   


Mr. Stewart is married with three young adult children.  He enjoys music as he is the minister of music at Carmody Hills Baptist Church.   He is a board member of The Hope Center of Carmody Hills which provides counseling services to residents of the Seat Pleasant and surrounding areas.    He is a member of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity where he received (40 year service award) in July 2020.   He also is a first degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.


 Mr. Stewart achieved his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University (formerly Bowie State College) in 1988.  He continued additional course work at University of Maryland, College Park in the area of Individual Testing in 1991.   He completed Bachelor of Arts Degree at Salisbury State University (formerly Salisbury State College) in the area of Leisure Studies with concentration in Music and Physical Education with focus on Geriatrics during internship in 1982. Certification- Master Addictions Counselor in 2018