PGW believes that the healing experience begins with finding the right therapist. Together we can partner with you on your road to good health. PGW has a number of licensed psychologists and counselors with diverse interests and specialties to address specific concerns. Take a moment to review our backgrounds so that you can feel assured that you are beginning your journey with a therapist who will best meet your needs.


Maia Coleman King, Ph.D.

Dr. Maia Coleman King is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats patients for individual, group and couples therapy. As a partner at PGW, Dr. Coleman King balances the roles of clinician, supervisor and Assistant Clinical Psychology Professor for The George Washington University.  Dr. Coleman King specializes in treating women struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as couples seeking assistance in building communication skills, overcoming differences, and making decisions that are more satisfying.  In addition, she has over ten years of experience in the psychological assessment of children, adults and forensic populations. 

Dr. Coleman King earned her Ph.D. at Howard University in Clinical Psychology in 2004. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she earned a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Coleman King completed her Internship at the APA-accredited Howard University Counseling Service Internship Program. She has five years of experience working as a Certified School Psychologist in the District of Columbia Public School System, and was promoted in her last year to a Psychology Program Manager for the District. Dr. Coleman King completed a Post-Graduate Fellowship with the Washington Chapter of the New York Freudian Society and is a professional member of the American Psychological Association as well as the Association for Black Psychologists.  She has been invited to speak on numerous health panels, has appeared in local and national media outlets (including television, newspaper and magazine), and has recently been asked to become a recurring guest on Skyline 360, a weekly radio program on WVLS Radio.     


Katherine Marshall Woods, Psy.D

Katherine Marshall Woods, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with a rich clinical background. Her specialties include working with children, adolescents and adults who experience mental illness, life transitions and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Marshall Woods earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from The George Washington University in 1998. Thereafter, she continued her education at The George Washington University where she obtained her doctoral degree in 2004. Dr. Marshall Woods served five years within the District of Columbia Public Schools as a certified school psychologist providing primarily psychological assessments to school-aged children. In 2008-2009, Dr. Marshall Woods provided individual, family, and marital psychotherapy to active military personnel in the Middle East of Doha, Qatar. In working with the troops, Dr. Marshall Woods provided intervention services to individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and family and marital conflicts.

Today, Dr. Marshall Woods is a partner at Psychological Group of Washington and serves as manager, clinician, and supervisor. Dr. Marshall Woods provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing academic and interpersonal transitions, and administers psychological assessments. She has extensive training provided by the Department of Disability Services to execute and supervise Diagnostic Assessments Reports and Behavior Support Plans. Dr. Marshall Woods provides clinical supervision to those in pursuit of their clinical license and students obtaining their doctoral degree in psychology. She has held an Assistant Clinical Psychology Professor position with The George Washington University for the last six years. She is presently a monthly columnist for EmPower Magazine, where she responds to readers questions regarding life’s challenges. Dr. Marshall Woods has been a recurrent guest speaker at Howard University and additional institutions to discuss various topics which include the DSM, stress management and emotional fitness. She has appeared on a number of media outlets such as News Channel 8, In Transition, NPR and The Huffington Post. Dr. Marshall Woods is also a trained mental health professional with the American Red Cross, providing psychological crisis intervention services to those who have experienced trauma by a natural disaster. 


Victoria Sylos-Labini, Psy.D.

Dr. Victoria Sylos-Labini has extensive experience providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of presentations. She specializes in treating mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), academic and behavioral problems, interpersonal issues, and grief and loss. She provides these interventions in individual, family, and group formats. Her therapeutic style aims to increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and personal strengths.

Dr. Sylos-Labini’s research and training includes working with ethnic minority youth and families struggling with parenting, acculturation, and adjustment issues. In addition, she has substantial experience conducting psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults as well as psychosexual evaluations for children. 

Dr. Sylos-Labini received her Master’s in Science and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University’s APA-accredited doctoral program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Fairfield University. Dr. Sylos-Labini is a native to the Washington DC area and has a bicultural background. She is able to provide services in Italian, and has Spanish comprehension. 


Lily Kaye, Ph.D

Dr. Lily Kaye is a generalist with a diverse clinical background.  She works with a variety of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment, personal growth and acceptance, familial and interpersonal/relational issues, disordered eating, weight loss, and connections between physical and mental health.  Dr. Kaye has provided therapy in various settings, including an OCD/Anxiety Disorders Specialty Clinic, a Veterans hospital, a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Department, and a university counseling center.  Dr. Kaye provides an individualized approach to therapy, with an integration of cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness and acceptance therapies, and components of multicultural and humanistic perspectives.
Dr. Kaye graduated from the University of Florida summa cum laude with bachelors’ degrees in psychology and linguistics. She received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida’s. Dr. Kaye’s research is in the area of health psychology, including prevention and early intervention of obesity, strategies for decreasing health disparities among racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations, and variables impacting engagement in health behaviors.



Danielle Blessing, M.A.,LMFT


Ms. Blessing is a Licensed marriage and Family Therapist in the District of Columbia. She earned her Master's degree from LaSalle University in Clinical Counseling Psychology, with a focus in marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience includes working in homes, residential facilities, schools, and outpatient office settings. 

Presently, Ms. Blessing works with a diverse client base including families, couples, and individuals. She uses various therapeutic approaches, tailored to each individual client’s needs. She enjoys engaging adolescents and children by using fun and creative techniques such as art, games and music.

Her supportive and accepting demeanor creates a warm environment for clients to feel comfortable being open with their feelings. She is compassionate, understanding and patient as she guides clients through their journey of change. Ms. Blessing truly enjoys the work that she does and has genuine interest helping others to create healthier and happier lives. 



Paris Gasque, LICSW

Paris Gasque, LICSW is a consultant who will earn her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University in 2013. She provides individual, family, group therapy as well as evaluations and assessments. Ms. Gasque has extensive experience in special education within local school districts, including experience as a school psychologist. Her skillset also includes teaching, administration leadership, and organizational training and professional development. 


Marini Woodland, LICSW

Marini Woodland, LICSW is a Consultant who earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2008. Ms. Woodland has experience in working with children and families, specifically addressing concerns of domestic violence, substance use, childhood trauma, and child-parent discord. Ms. Woodland has engaged with consumers with various diagnoses to include ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorder, Depression, and Bi-Polar. Ms. Woodland utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches in order to individualize therapy and meet the client wherever he or she is on their journey to healing.


Adaugo Ohanyerenwa 

Adaugo Ohanyerenwa is a licensed clinical professional counselor with experience providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and family exposed to trauma and violence and experiencing, mental illness, life transitions, and interpersonal/relational issues. She utilizes creative techniques through art and music to engage with clients and provides an individualized approach to therapy with an integration of cognitive behavioral and solution-focused techniques.  She strives to help her clients identify their own solutions; improve their self-esteem, self-awareness, personal strengths, and overall mental health and well being.  Ms. Ohanyerenwa has extensive training in providing community based interventions and home therapy to low-income families and ethnic minorities, especially individuals of African descent.


Today, Adaugo Ohanyerenwa serves as the Family Services Team Lead Supervisor  for the Office of Specialize Instructions – Early Childhood Education Division.  She supervises a team of parent outreach coordinators, social workers, mental health counselors, and interns from Howard University in providing mental health services and parent engagement activities to families attending the District of Columbia Public Schools early childhood programs.


Adaugo Ohanyerenwa received her Master of Arts from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago with a focus in Clinical Counseling.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in both psychology and sociology from Georgetown University.  Adaugo Ohanyerenwa is a native the Washington, DC area and lived in Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.   


Board Members: Frederick B. Phillips, Psy.D, Michael Barns, Ph.D., Nickole Scott, Ph.D, CGP, and Thomas R. Wessel, Ed.D, CGP 

Dr. Frederick B. Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Master Coach. He founded the Progressive Life Center (PLC). PLC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is licensed as a child placement agency in the State of Maryland, District of Columbia, State of Delaware, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Phillips provides psychological-based coaching to senior executives and non-profit managers, conducts individual and family psychotherapy and administers psychological and forensic assessments.

Dr. Phillips is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fielding Graduate University and is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Phillips is a Past President of the Washington, D.C. Consortium on Child Welfare and served as a board member on the Washington, D.C. Commission on Mental Health. Dr Phillips is also a Past President of the National Association of Black Psychologist.

Dr. Phillips has published articles in the Journal of Child Welfare League of America and the Journal of Black Psychology. He has also contributed to several other publications on the topics of NTU Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Foster Care. Dr. Phillips earned his doctorate from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. In addition, he holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Michael Barnes is an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University (American School of Professional Psychology) where he teaches courses on Personality Assessment, Integrative Assessment, and Juvenile/Child Forensic Psychology. He is also an adjunct professor at American University teaching the Integrated Battery Assessment course. At the Howard University Counseling Service, he is a consulting psychologist who supervises psychodiagnostics for the Center's predoctoral interns.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association and its Division on Law and Psychology. He is also a member of the Association of Black Psychologists. In addition to duties at the Court, he has an independent practice in clinical/forensic psychology that focuses on assessment and treatment matters in Washington, DC. He is a consultant to the DC Children's Advocacy Center supervising testing and treatment for children. As a consulting psychologist for Court Services and Supervision Agency (CSOSA) for the District of Columbia, he provides clinical/forensic evaluations for adult offenders as well.

Dr. Barnes received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Howard University, Washington, DC in 1990, and completed his internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University Hospital in 1988-1989. He became licensed to practice psychology in the District of Columbia in 1992.


Dr. Nickole Scott is a licensed psychologist who earned her degree in counseling psychology from Howard University. She is employed at the Howard University Counseling Service and carries the title of the Director of Training. In that role, she directs the APA accredited internship training program in psychology housed at the counseling service. Dr. Scott is a certified group psychotherapist and bereavement facilitator. She is also certified as an AIDS education trainer. Her interests are training, primary prevention, bereavement, domestic violence,and incest survivors. A major interest of Dr. Scott is decreasing the stigma that many minorities associate with seeking mental health treatment.



Dr. Thomas R. Wessel is a psychologist and nationally certified group psychotherapist. He is the Dean for Counseling and Career Development at Howard University and the Director of the University Counseling Service, a position he has held since 1996. Dr. Wessel holds a doctorate in counseling from the George Washington University and several postdoctoral certificates in the field of psychology.

As a senior member of the President's management team, he has worked extensively on strategic planning and others matters involving policy and planning at Howard University. Dr. Wessel has served as membership chair, Program Chair, and President of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS) and held offices in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). He is the chair of the Group Psychotherapy Training faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Director of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute affiliated with the Washington School of Psychiatry. He has published and presented at national conferences on topics of cultural/racial diversity, special issues in counseling the academic underachiever, and object relations therapy.

Dr. Wessel served as a senior member of U. S. Peace Corps headquarters staff in Washington, D.C. with direct responsibility for a wide array of support services for over 6000 volunteers throughout the world. He advised the Director of Peace Corps on policy matters and was involved in the training of Peace Corps volunteers and Peace Corps country directors. He was an invitee at the White House Conference on Mental Health in 1998.


April Preston, LMFT

 April Preston is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, from St. Paul, MN. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. Ms. Preston enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families.  She has experience providing psychotherapy to disenfranchised populations.

She has worked with those with low income, as well as those experiencing homelessness. Ms. Preston utilizes an array of therapeutic approaches. She specializes in systems, and family dynamics. She also has a strong love for community and cultural matters. Ms. Preston believes her clients are the experts of their own lives. She seeks to assist her clients in embracing their strengths, honoring their areas of growth, and identifying the life they want to live.