Collaboration and Community is Key
Mychelle Williams, LPC, NCC
In 2019, Mychelle opened the doors to what was then known as Therapy and The Tea to serve clients in the Washington, DC metropolitan area — offering them a wide range of counseling and psychological services to guide them through life’s challenges and most trying times. Now under a new name, but the same great care, Therapy To A Tea Co. continues to serve people of color specifically those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, nonbinary, genderqueer, polyamorous, aromantic, pansexual, polysexual and those who do not have a label that accurately reflects how they identify.
A message from Mychelle:
Life can get difficult, and sometimes support from a Professional Counselor can make things feel more manageable. I genuinely care about your well-being and consider myself a champion of my clients. I aim to help you utilize your already existing tools and provide you the access to new tools that you may find helpful in order to seize the day and learn how to tackle even the most traumatic circumstances and be your authentic self.
Pierre, MA, LMHC
Pierre is a Black queer licensed mental health counselor from NYC, providing services in New York State. Pierre was born and raised in the Bronx. Pierre has his BA in Anthropology from CUNY Hunter College and his MA in Applied Psychology from New York University Steinhardt. He was going to get into research and academia until the 2008 Great Recession changed his life and his focus. He saw the need for quality, accessible mental health services in NYC for Black people and he decided to become a licensed psychotherapist in order to help his communities find what they need to heal on a personal, interpersonal, and community level so the systemic roots to these problems and struggles can be addressed.
He is dedicated to an integrative, client-centered, trauma-informed therapeutic approach, using cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and narrative theories in his work. He believes clients are experts in their own right and bring their expertise on themselves and their lives to the table when they come to therapy. He believes in working collaboratively with clients, using their areas of expertise to work on the clients' reasons for coming to therapy. It is important for him, as a therapist, to create a safe space for clients in session as a way to encourage growth and to empower clients to use the tools they need to find meaning and wellness in their own lives.
Ariarna Mitchell- Odom
Ariarna Odom is a graduate student in New York University Steinhardt’s Mental Health Counseling and Wellness program. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Ariarna received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Howard University where she also minored in Psychology. Ariarna is most interested in using a trauma-informed approach integrated with expressive arts modalities to facilitate the mental and emotional healing of youth.
Brenton Sanford is a queer mental health counselor originally from Baton Rouge, LA. While Brenton currently resides in Washington, D.C., Brenton is currently obtaining his Masters of Art in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Before his graduate program, Brenton majored in Political Science and Sociology at Howard University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. As Brenton works to become a counselor for all, he seeks to help underrepresented communities and people of color. Brenton focuses on helping individuals who identify on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ spectrum. He also seeks to help those who may not label themselves or identify with specific groups. Brenton chose to become a counselor because he noticed a need for representation and to help bridge the gap between mental health and the stigmatism plaguing minority communities.
"I seek for the day when everyone from all walks of life can obtain equitable mental health services and take control of their mental health and live a prosperous life intended for them. With me stepping into this field, I hope to serve as a stepping stool to a strong foundation for mental health. I hope to one day leave a positive mark on mental health so that it shines so bright that even the other galaxies will witness the magnitude bestowed upon mental health."