• Rashika J. Rentie, PhD

    Dr. Rashika Rentie is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples, and psychological evaluations in the DC Metropolitan area. As a graduate of Howard University, Dr. Rentie has a strong foundation in the areas of trauma, culture and the importance of social justice and leadership. She is devoted to community service and development and actively donates her time to non-profit organizations with Give an Hour (giveanhour.org) being one of those organizations. Among her areas of expertise are trauma, parenting, relational concerns, multicultural issues, attachment, academic challenges and intimacy concerns. In addition to being a prominent therapist, Dr. Rentie has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of parenting, academic success, trauma and cultural competence. Dr. Rentie is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and evidence-based techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

  • Dr. De Sumrak-Messina

    Dr. De Sumrak-Messina received her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology, at Argosy University, Southern California in 2015. She has experience working in a variety of mental health settings including college and university counseling centers, community mental health centers, and residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities. She believes in the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic relationship and emphasizes fully understanding and appreciating each client’s unique worldviews and identity, including dimensions of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability status, and identify how these aspects influence the development of each client. She strives to work collaboratively with her clients and takes a strengths-based approach to treatment in hopes of helping clients achieve goals and move toward life fulfillment. She provides psychotherapy to adults presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns including coping with trauma, stress management, life transitions/identity concerns, substance use, depression, anxiety, relational concerns, and grief and loss. Her approach to therapy is from a client-centered perspective. Though she utilizes evidence-based psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques to treat a wide variety of psychological conditions, she believes each patient is different and unique and her approach to therapy is tailored to each client’s presenting problems, identity, and development.

  • Tsahai Jenkins

    Tsahai Jenkins is a rising-senior at The University of the District of Columbia. She is extremely passionate about mental health and is majoring in Psychology. She plans to attend graduate school after completing her undergraduate studies. Her goal is to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology. After completing her graduate studies, Tsahai wants to work as a Clinical Psychologist and enter the professoriate. She currently works as an intern for The PSYCH Group, LLC and plans to use all of the experience and knowledge that she gains from this position to assist in her future academic and career endeavors, including starting her own private practice one day.

  • Dr. Stainback

    Dr. Stainback is a psychotherapist at The PSYCH GROUP, LLC who provides individual, couples, family and group therapy to children through older adults and also provides testing. Dr. Stainback has a strong background in the areas of diversity, trauma, sexual abuse, eating issues, parenting, anxiety, and mood disorders. Dr. Stainback also has a wealth of previous experience, including in non-profit organizations, community mental health, schools, long-term care, private practice and hospital settings. A graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Western Illinois University, Dr. Stainback has presented on various topics, including parenting and the impact of poverty and racism. Dr. Stainback takes an integrative approach to help others. Combining her knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy, spiritual healing, and various other modalities and exploring the impact of various factors, including nutrition.  Dr. Stainback works to build a blueprint designed for each of her clients to assist them to embrace and speak their truth, let go of the past and return to wholeness. Her bright spirit and enthusiasm will create a great space for clients to heal.

  • Melat Johnson, MS

    Melat Johnson is a resident in counseling based in the DC metropolitan area.  She obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hampton University and her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University.  Melat is a nationally board certified counselor (NCC) and is currently a resident-in-counseling working towards her LPC licensure.  She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in residential treatment centers as well as in an acute inpatient/outpatient hospital setting.  Melat has also worked with adolescents and adults with dual diagnosis both at an outpatient addiction clinic as well as inpatient environments.  She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).  Melat considers each individual completely unique in their experiences, and therefore uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic techniques to best interpret, advise, explore and support.  Melat is dedicated to bringing awareness and ending the stigma towards mental health.  She has participated in several fundraisers and walks for various mental health organizations.  She has spoken to audiences about the importance of tolerance and awareness of mental health challenges.  Melat volunteers her time serving on the board of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC) as the Events Director.