Our Staff


Gary has worked in health care setting for the past 25 years in Washington, DC. His experience includes working with individuals, their spouses and partners, families with issues related to illness, death and dying, substance abuse, mental health, and life struggles. He utilizes a wholistic-systems approach and is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Jessica Sleep Dukes, MSW, LICSW

Jessica received her Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and furthered her studies receiving a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Jessica has obtained over 14 years of professional experience providing treatment to adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings, including outpatient community mental health centers and residential treatment centers. I practice from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective, and I utilize a culturally sensitive approach.

Her specialties include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, couples with relationship difficulties, family therapy, substance abuse, transition age youth issues, and self-esteem.

She is trained in various therapeutic modalities to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Supportive Therapy.

Rose Shelton, LGPC

Everyone has an idea of who they are, who they once were, and who they would like to be. The dream of being one’s ideal self can be achieved or hindered with one of the most powerful things we hold, our thoughts. These thoughts can be from the past, from our experiences or consist of beliefs taught to us by others. Our thoughts impact how we feel and how we behave.

My goal, as a therapist, is to help you find solutions that work for you on an individual basis. I work with you as you wade through the sea of nonbeneficial and irrational thoughts and experiences to find resolve, comfort, and enlightenment. There are no magical thoughts or quick fixes. However, using various techniques and long-standing approaches with proven results, we can work together to figure out what thoughts and behaviors are the ones holding you back from being your best self and living your best life. I use a number of approaches from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Psychodynamic to Hypnosis to assist client’s in working through current conflicts in life and bringing about their desires for themselves.

Whether you want to talk, are looking for support through difficult times, or looking to make real change in your life, we can work together to achieve dreams, meet goals and rise above the ashes. Using my background as a mental health therapist, a certified addictions counselor, and specializations in spirituality, grief, multiculturalism, and hypnosis, I am sure we can find a way to work together toward your goal of well-being.

Terrill Coles, LGSW

Terrill Coles is Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from Howard University. Terrill has a genuine passion for supporting children, adolescents and young adults in conjunction with their families. He has over twelve years of experience working with these populations in a variety of settings, including: mental health agencies, juvenile corrections, education, mobile crisis, hospitals, child welfare, and private practice. Terrill uses a Strengths-Based, Client-Centered, and Humanistic approach to aid children, teens, and young adults in overcoming their challenges and fully recognizing their fullest potential. Terrill has specific trainings in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (Autism Spectrum Disorder modality).

Terrill believes that the needs, struggles, and strengths must be addressed within the context of the individual in order to produce growth. He is truly invested in helping clients to work on achieving their healing holistically and living a successful life.

Jessica Smith, LICSW

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her training and degree from Howard University. Jessica has dedicated years to working with children and their families to promote emotional growth and healing. She has over 11 years of experience working in the mental health field, which includes: mental health hospitals, children hospitals, child welfare agencies, group homes and the school system. Jessica uses the strength based model, cognitive/behavioral therapy and person centered approach to treatment. She has worked with adults and geriatric populations whom have experienced severe trauma and PTSD. Her passion is to work with children and adolescences that are experiencing a myriad of challenges. She has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault and is committed to the treatment of this population.

Her specialties include: child/ adolescent therapy, trauma, grief and loss, mood and anxiety disorders, family therapy, couples therapy and dual diagnosis.

Jessica holds the belief that with support and encouragement healing is possible. The path ahead may be unclear but it always begins with that first step.

Counseling Solutions LLC

2000 P Street, NW,

Suite 200,

Washington, DC 20036

Phone. 410-961-7192

Email. rvccounselingsolutionsllc@gmail.com