Hello! I am Tonya Pleasant and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where I completed my Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, and Bachelors of Science in Family Therapy and Community Development. I’m a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, and also hold licenses and certifications in Marriage and Family therapy (VA), Board Certified Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
I’ve worked in the counseling and mental health field for 25+ years, and have worked with clients from all walks of and interests in life. I’m really grateful to avail myself/skills to effectively help my clients make positive, measurable changes in their lives in achieving their identified goals.
My primary therapeutic approaches are Adlerian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Adlerian therapy primary believes in encouraging individuals and is a growth/wellness model of therapy; which takes an optimistic approach and focuses on your unique strengths, creativity and capabilities. CBT will help you understand your mind body connection of how your thoughts shape our behaviors and actions. In working with you I will listen to you; provide you with coping skills and behavior change techniques to consider implementing; focus on your strengths and abilities; and celebrate your progress and success, as you achieve your identified goals.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Divorce and Separation, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy
MD LCPC LC1574
Tonya has been a Godsend in facilitating my healing process and identifying areas of growth!
Written on Dec 30, 2021 after therapy with Tonya for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, and compassion fatigue
Tonya is amazing! Her insight goes deep and wide. I have been with her for over a year now and every session has brought me closer to where I want to be. In fact, working with Tonya has exceed my expectations. I’ve grown so much to the point that I know anything is possible!
Written on Jun 17, 2021 after therapy with Tonya for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties
This has been the best experience. I don’t know how I would have made it through this past year without Miss Pleasant. Such an appropriate last name. An absolute gem.
Written on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Tonya for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coaching
Tonya Pleasant is an asset. Her acute ability to tease language down into your underlying behaviors and unhealthy patterns is uncanny. Could not recommend her more highly for professional guidance when you need some clarity in life.
Written on Aug 01, 2020 after therapy with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Tonya is excellent and understanding. I highly recommend her!
Written on Apr 03, 2020 after therapy with Tonya for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
So far everything is great!
Written on Apr 03, 2020 after therapy with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, a