About Us

Mala K. Tandon, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Tandon is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Mindful One. She has been in practice for over 20 years.  She works from a strengths-based perspective, based on empowerment and recognizing inner wisdom.  Her area of expertise is in treatment of trauma, specifically sexual abuse trauma. Integrating mindfulness in her clinical work is her passion. Dr. Tandon comes with an eclectic approach to therapy-integrating traditional therapeutic approaches with newest evidence based practices to bring insight and empowerment to clients. Her person-centered approach has a deep impact on various age groups and populations as well as treatment outcomes.

Dr. Tandon earned her doctorate degree from APA-accredited institution, The American School of Professional Psychology. She is passionate about cultivating mindful self-awareness and empathy in her supervisees and budding clinicians. Dr. Tandon offers Mindfulness groups for professionals and separately for clients. Her Mindful Parenting group has been sought out by far and wide. Her compassion and empowering approach is much appreciated by her clients, colleagues and supervisees equally.  Dr. Tandon’s passion for travel and curiosity to learn has inculcated a deep understanding of different cultures, reflecting in her work with clients.

Anita R. Trivedi, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychotherapist
P
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Dr. Trivedi is a Post Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology. A practicing clinical psychotherapist for approximately 7 years, she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from APA-accredited institution, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Trivedi specializes in a combination of therapy modalities (individual, couples, and group), and neuropsychological assessments.  Dr. Trivedi's clinical interests include mindfulness, trauma, bereavement, identity development, multicultural issues (i.e., acculturation, immigrant/refugee concerns), depression, anxiety,  and other mental health issues. She demonstrates exemplary skills in her ability to connect and work with diverse populations (age, demographics, ethnicity, race) while using a client-centered approach to facilitate awareness and insight in a compassionate manner.

 

Dr. Trivedi also oversees Mindful One’s Externship Training Program, where she teaches doctoral-level students in training, supporting them in developing their clinical skills and guiding them in their journey to becoming aspiring psychologists. Dr. Trivedi is currently working towards obtaining her licensure in the state of Virginia.

Mavis Y. McHenry
Clinical Psychotherapist

Mavis Y. McHenry has been a counselor for eight years. Ms. McHenry attended Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology.  Subsequently, she earned a certification in Children's Mental Health at the University of Washington. Ms. McHenry has developed expertise in the emotional impact of child abuse and neglect, and has clinical interests in multicultural issues (systemic bias effect on mental health diagnosis), personality disorders, anxiety, phobias, and depression. Ms. McHenry's desire to heal the trauma experience and make a difference in the life of one individual at a time drives her commitment and passion to serve others.

 

Ms. McHenry believes in diversity and that the ability to learn and experience other cultures creates an environment of inclusion and acceptance. With this primary principal and basic understanding, Ms. McHenry has successfully engaged youth and adults in a meaningful therapeutic experience. Ms. McHenry's therapeutic approach is empowering individuals to discover the solution to life challenges through self introspection, clinical guidance, and self-care. 

Craig Gordon, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Craig Gordon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in evidence-based treatment for trauma and stress-related disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, self-injury, and personality disorders. His training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Existential Therapy. He has intensive training in CBT by Dr. John Ludgate and in Couples Therapy through the Gottman Method. He conducts neuropsychological assessments and diagnostic services for behavioral, cognitive and functional deficits. He has extensive experience helping military service members and their families.

 

He has Master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from East Carolina University. He completed his CACREP accredited internship as a school-based mental health therapist through Jewish Family Services International KidSuccess Program where he worked with Refugee and Immigrant Youth in a public school setting dealing with trauma and anxiety issues. He is pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Irvin Hernandez-Perez
Psychotherapist

 

Irvin Hernandez-Perez is a Doctoral Candidate from Pontifical Catholic University's Clinical Psychology Program. He has worked as an intake social services specialist, crisis emergency clinician, case manager and as a psychologist intern as part of his doctoral degree requirements in Clinical psychology. He has been providing direct services in the mental health and social services field for over 14 years.

Originally from Puerto Rico, he moved to the United States in 2014 to pursue his childhood dream to live the “American dream” and pursue more opportunities to grow professionally. He currently works as Anger Domestic Abuse Prevention & Treatment (ADAPT) Program’s Counselor with Fairfax County as part of the Family Services Division. Previously he worked as a Home-Based Program Manager for another agency in Fairfax County, which allowed him to collaborate with the county and create positive connections and enhance his network serving families in the county. Before working in Virginia, he worked in Washington D.C. as Family Services Specialist through a non-profit providing direct services to homeless youth and their families. He has always considered himself as a passionate, driven clinician who is committed to work and help families of immigrants, trauma survivors, adolescents and grief survivors. In December of 2020, he obtained a certification as a Grief Counseling Specialist that allowed to enhance his knowledge working with grief, loss, and bereavement. 

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Laurel Osmer Cerrud, LCSW, EDLE
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Laurel Osmer Cerrud's work supporting mental health began in 1997. As a clinical social worker, her focus of practice has been in supporting children and adolescents with challenges in their development or environment. Work on trauma such as sexual abuse and physical abuse have been a focus. This work has involved therapeutic assessments and play therapy interventions. Beyond this, supporting young people with the challenges of Depression and Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral approaches has also been a focus.

 

Beyond the walls of a clinic, she has also supported growth and development within the school setting. In this environment, she has been able to provide support to children ages 2 to 18 in a variety of ways. She offered tangible support to families in need. In moving into a Substance Abuse Counseling role, work involved individual and small group psycho-educational meetings and assessments. She has been able to support students learning about the effects of substance on themselves, their families, and community. More recently, as an Assistant Principal, she has been able to support student’s development and growth in both the elementary and middle school levels. Her work has involved training staff on best practices for Responsive Classroom, Restorative Justice and PBIS support. She has also helped staff learn strategies and techniques for supporting English Language Learners. Furthermore, she ensures that students in need of specialized support can access it through the school student support team.

 

Her passion lies in supporting others to attain their goals and dreams, ensuring access to the tools and strategies they need to get there. She utilizes CBT and Mindfulness strategies to help with this process.

Suzanne Schuler, MA
Psychotherapist

Suzanne Schuler has been in the MH field for 21 years. She has a masters in Clinical Psychology. She also has a post masters in Veterans Behavioral Health with a concentration in PTSD. She has been working as a MH emergency clinician for Arlington County for the past 14 years assessing individuals experiencing a MH crisis such as suicidality/homicidality and psychosis. She facilitates voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations and acts as the county court representative for civil commitment hearings. She is certified as a CIT (crisis intervention training) instructor and trains various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as their first responders. She is also a certified life coach.  

Justine Sime, MA
Resident in Counseling

Justine Sime is licensed as a Resident in Counseling.  She graduated from Old Dominion University in 2020 with a master’s degree in counseling.  Justine has experience working with children and adolescents from her time spent as an intern in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  She also has experience working with clients from various backgrounds (race, age, ethnicity).  Justine’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and relationship issues. Justine is foundationally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and incorporates its principles while working with clients.  

 

Justine takes a person-centered approach and believes that therapy should be a collaborative effort between client and therapist.  She highlights client strengths and empowers them to enact positive changes in their lives.  Justine is committed to helping her clients grow and reach their goals.

Alexis Joyner-Harris, MA
Psychotherapist

Alexis Joyner-Harris is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Maryland University College in 2018. Alexis currently holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology which she obtained from TCSPP in July 2021. She has prior therapy and assessment experience which she obtained from a ten-month internship at a private practice in Maryland. Alexis has also volunteered with the Crisis Text Line where she provided support to individuals experiencing issues such as depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, etc. Her interest includes mental health issues pertaining to children and adolescents along with working families. Alexis’ clinical interests also include working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She is most oriented in the Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic orientation. However, she believes in an integrative approach that is best suited for the clients needs. 

Nashwa Ghali, MA
Doctoral Student Extern

 

Nashwa Ghali is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited institution, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). She earned her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology at George Mason University in 2019. Nashwa currently holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology which she obtained from TCSPP in July 2022. She has prior experience in neuropsychological assessment and diagnostic services for behavioral, cognitive, and functional deficits which she obtained from a twelve-month internship at Children’s National Hospital.

 

Nashwa is fluent in Arabic and is interested in working with individuals 10-30 years of age. She currently provides treatment for the following: Depression, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Family Therapy/Parenting Conflict, Couple/Marital Conflict, Grief, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem, and Stress. She utilizes theories and approaches from multiple therapeutic modalities, including CBT, psychodynamic, family and systems, and humanistic therapies, as she believes in an integrative approach that is best suited for the client's needs. She enjoys connecting and working with diverse populations and integrating the client’s culture, values, and beliefs in part of the therapy process.

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Sehrish Hussain, MA
Doctoral Student Extern

 

Sehrish Hussain is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at George Mason University in 2016. Sehrish holds a Master of Education in Counseling and Development which she obtained from George Mason University in December 2019. She has one year of therapy experience as an intern for four months at a crisis shelter serving at-risk youth and working six months at a private practice in Maryland. In both settings, Sehrish provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults from a range of backgrounds. Presenting problems that Sehrish has worked with include depression, suicide ideation, anxiety, trauma, social skills, anger management, etc.

 

Additionally, Sehrish has experience administering psychological assessments. Sehrish operates from a holistic and strength-based approach to treatment. She incorporates mindfulness, art, spirituality, family systems, humanistic, and cognitive treatment modalities into therapy. She believes in tailoring each session to best suit the needs of the client.

Ally Maas, MA
Doctoral Student Extern

 

Ally Maas is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) in Washington, DC. She holds a master’s degree in arts in clinical psychology from TCSPP and completed an undergraduate and master’s degree in social work from The University of Alabama. Her clinical interests include substance abuse, defiant or oppositional behavior, and working with children, adolescents, and families. Ally has experience with substance abuse counseling and has worked with juveniles in correctional settings. She also has experience as a school psychologist, administering therapy and assessments to help students with their mental health, behavior modification, and learning abilities. 

Ally is a versatile clinician utilizing multiple therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Her specialty is providing a safe and interactive environment to tackle difficult subjects, trauma, and emotional distress. Ally’s goal as a clinician is to work collaboratively with clients on developing coping skills to manage emotions and improve wellbeing. Ally works with individuals, families, and groups depending on the client’s specific needs. 

 

Anu Rao holds a Masters of Arts (M.A) in clinical psychology and is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited institution, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience providing a variety of psychological assessments to individuals of all ages, ranging from 6 to 75. She also has experience providing therapy to children and adolescents, ages ranging from 9 to 15, in an elementary and middle school setting. More specifically, she has experience providing play therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. Anu’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, immigration and acculturation issues. She uses an individualized approach in order to connect with clients and help them overcome any obstacles in their life. She implements both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and family system interventions in her practice.

Anu Rao, MA
Doctoral Student Extern

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Mikaella Robles is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from APA-accredited institution, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TSCPP). She completed her undergraduate studies in neuroscience and minored in psychology at George Mason University in 2019. Mikaella will be graduating with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in July of 2022. She has experience in conducting intakes and psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. She also has multiple years of experience connecting clients with the appropriate service providers as an office manager and intake coordinator at an out-patient level. Mikaella’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, executive functioning, and building self-awareness into individual’s thoughts and behaviors. She enjoys working with young children and adolescents alongside with their families as well as adults. She implements Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy by integrating techniques from each orientation to utilize an approach that is best suited for each individual client’s needs.

Mikaella Robles, MA
Doctoral Student Extern

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Administrative Staff

Thomas Colohan
Intake Coordinator

Thomas Colohan is thrilled to be a part of the Mindful One Team. He has had a lifelong interest in human nature, psychology, family dynamics, mindfulness practice and Zen Buddhist philosophy.  He is also an award-winning conductor, composer, and choral music educator. He has led choruses at Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, The Library of Congress, Prague’s Rudolphinum Concert Hall, and the Stephansdom in Vienna. Colohan is active as a guest conductor, teacher, and clinician on both the East and West coasts.

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