Our Team

  • Shinelle Oglesby
    Founder,CEO, Clinical Director

    Shinelle Oglesby is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who provides individual and group mental health counseling for adults and adolescents.  Ms. Oglesby is dedicated to helping women and teens heal from traumatic events, including:  childhood abuse and neglect, rape, domestic violence, grief – and improve their feelings of self-worth and self-esteem.

    Ms. Oglesby specializes in treating clients who suffer with symptoms of depression, bi-polar, anxiety, and PTSD.   She uses an integrative psychotherapeutic approach, of evidenced based interventions, which are tailored to each client’s unique needs and include techniques from IFS, EMDR, CBT, DBT, and solution-focused techniques. Ms. Oglesby also provides support for those who are in recovery from substance and alcohol abuse.

    She is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland Pastoral Counseling program, where she earned an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and specializes in integrating a person's own idea of spirituality into their counseling session.  She is also a National Certified Counselor, and was recognized as a 2015 Minority Scholar by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

    She believes that the counseling environment is one that allows the client to actively and intentionally participate in self-discovery.  This self-discovery happens in phases and pertains to the individual's current needs and desires, meaning that the process of therapeutic self-discovery is something that happens both over time and in time.   

    License #LC9322

  • Kalyx Solomon

    Kalyx Solomon is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Maryland with special interest in working with members of oppressed populations such as racial minorities and the LGBTQ+ community. Kalyx has experience working with both Adults and Adolescents.  Kalyx specializes in treating emotional and behavioral disorders, including:  Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD.

    She previously worked with emotional and behavioral diagnoses in a special education setting and in a trauma-informed private practice setting treating adults and adolescents. In addition to individual work, Kalyx has worked facilitating groups of teenage girls navigating challenges that present during adolescence, teen boys preparing for life post-high school, and mixed gender groups focused on transitional skills.

    Kalyx is not restricted to any particular approach to therapy, however she aims to operate in a trauma-informed manner using an integrated approach pulling from various evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, CBT, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and some psychodynamic aspects. Kalyx believes that therapy is a joint process clinician and client go through together, at the client’s pace. 

    Kalyx recognizes that a number of variables can contribute to a person’s psychological distress, which she hopes to help alleviate with therapy. Knowing more about your mental health and ways to promote mentally healthy activity is extremely important to a person’s overall wellbeing. Also, with regards to treatment: Kalyx believes each person to be an individual and that methods have to adapt to best suit client needs. 

    Often people avoid therapy with the belief that it will not help them, but she believes the amount and type of help one needs varies. Matching you, the client, with a therapist that fits your needs, and that you feel connected with is very important to Kalyx.

    You will be a good fit for Kalyx if:

    You have experienced Depression or Anxiety, or
    You have experienced Trauma, or
    You are looking for a Competent and Compassionate Therapist

    License #25937

  • Jameira Cottman
    Director of Client Services and Administration Team

    Jameira Cottman provides administrative support to the Urban Trauma Counseling team. Prior to this position, Jameira has worked with multiple organizations providing clerical support on multiple levels. She has a 'do what it takes' attitude and is always willing to help others. She is currently studying to acquire her BA in Psychology and Organizational Administration. Jameira is very passionate about helping others and provides comforting support to our clients.

  • Dr.
    Paulette Williams-Tillery

    Dr. Paulette Tillery is a licensed Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with and impacting change for underserved populations. When one person is affected by trauma, it creates a domino effect on families and communities. She is dedicated to working with and empowering women, men and children with the goal of restoration and healing that will break the chains of depression, anxieties and other mental health strongholds. 

    It is very easy for human beings suffering from trauma to accept it as a way of life and it is not uncommon for them to succumb to the daily stressors they experience daily. Unfortunately, these stressors can become crippling and can impact the trajectory of an individual’s entire life. Dr. Tillery specializes in treating individuals who have been impacted by various forms of loss and trauma including PTSD, Intergenerational, and Vicarious Trauma through individual and group sessions. My mission is to provide an empathetic ear through counseling to those who are struggling with depression and anxiety. Treatment will focus on a holistic approach that includes physical, social, spiritual and cognitive modalities. I have experience and specialized training working with and educating people suffering from traumatic experiences related to loss. 

    Dealing with any kind of loss can be depressing, but I take an approach that will bring about hope to those suffering in silence. I believe in meeting people where they are and guiding them through the therapeutic process by incorporating treatment methods that have been proven to be reliable, credible and culturally sensitive. I understand that there is no quick fix or single approach that will work for every individual; I focus on a healing process that incorporates an eclectic approach to treatment.

    My educational background includes a BSW from Coppin State University, MSW from the University of Maryland and a PhD with a focus on Counseling and Human Service from Walden University. In addition to degrees, I have additional training with a focus on grief counseling & Mental Health.

    License # 21413

    You will be a good fit for Dr. Tillery if:
    ⦁ You are an Adult who has experienced Traumatic loss or are grieving
    ⦁ You have experienced Domestic Violence 
    ⦁ You have experienced Depression or Anxiety
    ⦁ You have experienced or witnessed a Traumatic event 
    ⦁ You are looking for a Competent and Compassionate Therapist

  • Janel West

    Janel West is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Maryland who specializes in working with individuals experiencing grief/loss, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, low-confidence and life transitions.  She is trained in EMDR.

    She is a Baltimore native graduate of the illustrious Bowie State University, and University of Connecticut. She has created, and facilitated psycho educational, social skills and support groups for children, and adults.  She has experience in providing counseling services for children, and families in the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Connecticut area

    Janel is a passionate versed professional with the desire to serve those in the DMV area. Her goal is to instill in clients a better sense of self, and support them on their journey of growth. In her free time she loves traveling the world, indulging in good food, and spending time with family/friends.

    License #21081

  • Tiffon Bryant

    Tiffon Bryant is a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland with a background in mental health and human services. She attended Grand Canyon University and obtained a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling.With training in trauma-informed care and mental health first aid, she has a thriving interest in providing individual and group therapy to minorities navigating issues with trauma, emotional and behavioral health disorders. Tiffon has previously worked with at-risk youth, the homeless population and adults in various clinical settings including a crisis center, inpatient unit, residential/group home, private practice, non-profit community-based organization and an employee assistance program (EAP).Tiffon has facilitated individual and group counseling with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience supporting individuals with development and mental health disorders including but not limited to: ADD, ADHD, ODD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. She believes in maximizing the counseling experience by following a holistic approach which integrates the body, emotions, mind, and spirit to support clients in making powerful, lasting changes in their lives. Tiffon is passionate about being a helper and working collaboratively with clients through evidence-based practices such as EMDR, CBT, Person-Centered and Solution-Focused interventions to improve overall well-being.License #LGP10362

  • Angel Randall

    Angel Randall is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) who specializes in trauma, anxiety, and depression. She attended McDaniel College and obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.She has experience in counseling children/teens, adults, and families, in which she treats a range of mental health disorders, including: emotional/ behavioral disorders, bipolar, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and substance use disorders and more. Angel has conducted sessions in the community, schools, clinic and crisis/residential settings. Additionally, she has facilitated group counseling sessions.Angel has a client-centered and eclectic approach, in which she utilizes various evidence-based techniques, including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing, to best suit clients’ needs. She strives to encourage her clients to discover their true self and guide them to healing in order to have a healthy and satisfying lifestyle. Her passion for mental health has led her to connect with clients from various ethnic backgrounds.License #: LCP12078

  • Monté Hendrix

    Monté Hendrix is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Maryland who provides individual therapy. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore following bachelor studies in Psychology at the University of Maryland Global Campus. 

    Monté brings his unique experience as a Veteran to his specialization in providing psychotherapy services to adults in active addiction or recovery from Substance Use Disorders following his clinical work in both inpatient (residential) and intensive outpatient program settings. Prior to his substance use and psychotherapy work, his time in the U.S. Air Force allowed the ease of transferable crisis intervention skills and comfort with topics that affect the individual and their family units – including, but not limited to, domestic violence, interpersonal conflict, and microaggressions experienced by members of marginalized populations.

    Monté also has experience working with individuals struggling with symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, and depression. He wishes to foster an environment that would allow every client to openly and comfortably express and explore themselves without any judgement. 

    Sessions with Monté can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and more as deemed clinically appropriate. 

    License # 25970

  • Christy Lewis
    Therapist, Director of Internship Programs

    Christy Lewis is a Licensed Masters Social Worker who provides individual and group counseling for adults and children. She is dedicated to helping persons heal from trauma experiences such as domestic violence, human trafficking, childhood abuse or neglect, and sexual violence or assault. 

    Christy is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in Children and Families. She has worked over 20 years with children and families experiencing abuse and neglect. She has worked on various Task Forces to advocate for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in Howard and Prince George's County and for the State of Maryland. She is a Credentialed Advocate specializing in survivors of sexual assault and violence.

    Christy operates from a strengths-based perspective because everyone has strengths. She believes that we all have a purpose in life. Life is meaningful and amazing when one knows and understand their purpose. Christy is passionate about working through those small steps to reach great goals. 


  • Jasmine Chapman
    Client Service and Administration Team Coordinator

    Assist New and Existing Clients with intake and scheduling.

  • Amber Banks

    Amber Banks is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the state of Maryland who provides individual therapy. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work degrees from the illustrious Morgan State University in
    Baltimore City, Maryland.

    Amber specializes in working with individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, PTSD, bipolar, anxiety, and more. Amber has experience in providing individual therapy to children/teens and adults. She also has experience working with primary and secondary victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Amber is passionate about assisting individuals with processing their traumatic experiences through using interventions such as Cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, music therapy, motivational interviewing, and strength-based perspective.

    Her goal is to meet you where you are to
    begin your healing process. She looks forward to building a positive therapeutic relationship that makes you feel comfortable.

    License #:  26996

  • Nicholas Pappas
    Counseling Intern

    Nick Pappas is a graduate school student at Bowie State University. He attained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is currently in his second year in the Mental Health Counseling program at Bowie State. After graduating, he plans to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland.  

    Nick is empathic and passionate about helping people in need. It is his objective to provide a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment for clients. He uses Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution–Focused Therapy to help people achieve their goals and fulfill the purpose in their lives. Growing up in Montgomery County, Maryland, Nick is also aware of the importance of utilizing a multicultural approach to help each individual client.  

    Some of the issues that Nick may help with include anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment disorder, body image, racial identity, and school issues. Nick firmly desires to help remedy clients’ concerns and provide a healthy therapeutic relationship. 

  • Celeste Turner
    Director of Substance Abuse Programs, Addictions Counselor

    Celeste is a Certified Associate Alcohol & Drug Counselor who oversees and provides individual and group substance abuse counseling for adults in Urban Trauma Counseling Center’s Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient programs. Ms. Turner also heads up our Alcohol Education Program.

    Celeste is a native Marylander (Baltimore City). She earned a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology. Celeste has over 15 years of experience treating substance abuse disorders and overseeing substance abuse programs. She has an eclectic clinical approach to treatment, that utilizes evidenced based interventions, to meet people where they are in the recovery process. She is a dedicated and compassionate leader and clinician who is committed to helping clients improve their quality of life and commit to behavior changes that will promote healthy recovery from the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

    Contact Celeste if you need more information about our Substance Abuse Program including: Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient and Alcohol Education Programs.

    License #AC1503

  • Fatoumata Niagado, MSN, PMHNP-BC
    Medical Director, Urban Trauma Counseling Center

    Fatoumata is an MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, experience in treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar, PTSD, substance use disorder, and so on. She completed a bachelor's degree with distinction (Summa Cum Laude) and a master's degree in psychiatric nursing, with years of experience working with the State of Maryland as a psychiatric nurse. She has experience with child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She is a people person who enjoys helping others. She has worked with minority populations and underserved communities, including but not limited to LGBTQ, homeless, Substance use disorder populations. She is fluent in two foreign languages ( French and Bambara). She loves to spend time with family and loves traveling.

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