Dr. Deidra Sorrell | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 8)

“This beautiful woman is wonderful! Dr. Sorrell talks about Imposter Syndrome, and her experiences during her doctoral journey. Thank you so much for everything that you do, Dr. Sorrell.” – Dr. Chioma Anah

About Dr. Sorrell:

Dr. Deidra A. Sorrell is a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical supervisor, and certified school psychologist. She is the founder of Synergy Wellness Therapeutic Services where she provides individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults in the Charles County, Maryland area. As a veteran school psychologist, Dr. Sorrell served 18 years as a school psychologist with DC Public Schools before committing to full time private practice. Given her research interests in workplace bullying, Dr. Sorrell provides interactive workshops on the Ethical Implications of Workplace Bullying to mental health professionals through the CE-YOU professional development corporation. Dr. Sorrell’s research interests on racism and diversity led her to write children’s books on diversity including “The Germ: How to Talk to Children about Racism and Diversity”, which is for sale on Amazon.com. Dr. Sorrell is also the host of “On Purpose Radio” through Elifemedia.net, which is a monthly internet radio show highlighting various issues that impact the mental health of African Americans. As a wife and mother of two, Dr. Sorrell is committed to the mental health and wellness of children and families starting in her home and beyond.

Dr. Latasha Hicks-Becton | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 7)

Dr. Latasha Hicks-Becton

An Interview with Dr. Anah #DrAnahInterviews: Black women deserve all their love, recognition, and respect- All. Their. Flowers. We amplify Black women Doctoral voices, and celebrate their works in academia, and the community.

“Dr. Latasha Hicks-Becton, you were fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom, journey, obstacles and triumphs. I am so grateful for your contribution to this series. Someone listening to this segment and going through the PhD journey will learn so much from your experiences. Thank you so much for your time and brilliance!” – Dr. Chioma Anah

Dr. Lenese Stephens | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 6)

Dr. Lenese Stephens

An Interview with Dr. Anah: Black women deserve all their love, recognition, and respect- All. Their. Flowers. We amplify Black women Doctoral voices, and celebrate their works both in academia, and the community.

“Dr. Stephen is amazing, and doing wonderful things with making mental health more accessible to vulnerable communities. She truly was a joy to interview. Dr. Stephens talks about some of her obstacles along the path of getting her doctorate, and she also shares about the importance of God in her life, her ‘doctor tribe’ and exercise; as important ways she coped with the stressors of getting her doctorate. Such a lovely woman! I wish you continued success in all that you do, Dr. Stephens! Thank you so very much for your time and grace.” -Dr. Anah

About Dr. Stephens:

Dr. Stephens is a native of Alexandria, Virginia attending the well known TC Williams High School (the movie, “Remember the Titans is a movie about her high school and how they addressed sports segregation).   All of her honorary degrees were received from George Mason University and Argosy University with her doctorate research focusing on the quality of life for overweight African American women in higher education. Outside of her identified research, she received many awards to include Counselor of the Year, Top 40 under 40 recognition, Black Excellence awards to name a few. She has been featured on essence.com speaking about the mental health of black women during the current COVID pandemic, various publishing materials discussing the importance of remaining a form of daily exercise throughout times of high stress and to address any mental health symptoms.

With becoming a well competent mental health counselor in 2019, after years of attending spin classes at her local gyms in Maryland she opted to be brave and secure her spin certification.  This achievement is very close and special to her given our culture’s perception and understanding of what health and fitness is to be.  With this certification she is now one of her area’s first plus size spin instructor.

Dr. Stephens is a woman who believes in having a spiritual foundation along with assisting people reach their highest and fullest desires of their heart. She is a voice for the voiceless, a cheerleader for those needing the encouragement and is always open to educate others! Her spiritual faith is an important factor that adds to the overall quality of her life, along with exercise and enjoying time with friends and family…oh and shopping (*smiling*)!


Dr. Kizzy Pittrell | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 5)

Dr. kizzy Pittrell


An Interview with Dr. Anah: Black women deserve all their love, recognition, and respect- All. Their. Flowers. We amplify Black women Doctoral voices, and celebrate their works both in academia, and the community.

“Dr. Pittrell, is simply amazing! We talk about Imposter Syndrome (It still amazes me that the most competent people are the ones that have doubts about their own abilities, whilst…unqualified folks have all the confidence). We talk about her obstacles during her doctoral journey (deaths and healing). Dr. Pittrell is brilliant. We also talk about her businesses, and all her contributions in mental health to the Black Baltimore community. Thank you so much for your time and work, Dr. Pittrell!” – Dr. Chioma Anah

About the Guest, Dr. Pittrell:

Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, Ed.D. is a graduate of Argosy University, Washington DC from the Counseling Psychology program. Dr. Pittrell received her Masters of Counseling from Towson University and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University. Dr. Pittrell is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Approved Drug and Alcohol counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland. Dr. Pittrell has worked in the community sector providing mental health and addiction counseling and treatment to adults and adolescents for 15 years. Currently, Dr. Pittrell is owner of Ross Counseling, a private practice providing therapy to individuals, families and couples and manages a community mental health facility in Baltimore. More recently, Dr. Pittrell along with her husband opened a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Baltimore county called Strengthening Families Building Communities. In addition, Dr. Pittrell has conducted several discussions and trainings related to grief, trauma, COVID, and effective ways to cope with mental illness. Dr. Pittrell is passionate about educating the community about mental health and reducing the stigma of mental health. In her spare time Dr. Pittrell loves blogging, spending time with family, reading and she is certified Zumba instructor. She is also an author of a children’s book about maternal depression.

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Dr. Lakesha Roney, Ed.D., LPC. | An Interview with Dr. Anah (Series 1, Episode 1)

Dr. Lakesha D. Roney, Ed.D., LPC
Amplifying Black woman Doctoral voices, and celebrating all their work both in academia, and the community.
 “It was such a pleasure interviewing Dr. Lakesha Roney; we give her all her flowers during this interview.
I was her Doctoral Chair during the last part of her dissertation process. During this interview, Dr. Roney spoke candidly about ways she was coping with Covid-19, her doctoral journey/path, her struggles during this journey, defending her prospectus while pregnant, the challenges of caring for a son with special needs, and her advice to anyone hoping to pursue a doctoral path. Hint…Just wanting to be called “Doctor” is not a good enough reason to pursue a doctorate.” – Dr. Chioma Anah
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*Please note: Argosy University no longer exists, and hence, the counseling psychology program mentioned in this interview.
Dr. Lakesha Roney is a native of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and graduate of Dinwiddie High School. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Virginia State University, Masters of Education in Counseling from Virginia State University, and a Doctor of Education Counseling Psychology Concentration in Education and Supervision from Argosy University. She has been Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth Virginia since 2005 and Registered Supervisor for LPC, LMFT, LSAPT, and CSAC.
Dr. Roney is the owner of a private practice Inner Self Counseling and Consultation LLC since 2007. Inner Self offers a wide variety of outpatient counseling services, consulting, trainings, and clinical supervision. She is also the Executive Clinical Director at HYPE Counseling Services where she helps with growth of clinical and program development. In her role, she assess what the clinical and program needs are for the agency and determine how to make them work more efficiently, improve quality, and increase revenue potential. She also provides clinical supervision for residents in counseling and interns.
Her professional experiences include: outpatient and inpatient case management and psychotherapy, residential therapy, administrative and clinical supervision, clinical management and directing within community and higher education settings, non-profit settings, faculty member, licensure supervision, training/ workshop development and facilitation, curriculum and policy development, accreditation in higher education setting, serving as chair and member of multidisciplinary teams and task forces, as well as consulting.
Currently Dr. Roney serves as the Chapter Chair of the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) where she is able to assist in carrying out their mission to promote the counseling profession by supporting, empowering and advocating for the diverse needs of all counselors in Virginia.
In her spare time, Dr. Roney enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Especially with her son who is her pride and joy. She also enjoys entertaining at home, home decorating, attending wine festivals and concerts, event planning, and baking special occasion cakes.