Byalinah Shakir-Burgess


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Byalinah Shakir-Burgess, LCMHC


Byalinah is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor who has successfully worked with adolescents, adults, and their families. Byalniah earned her Bachelor of Family and Consumer Science at the University of Massachusetts, and her Masters of Agency Counseling at North Carolina Central University.

Byalinah is trained in hypnotherapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and conflict resolution.  She is a highly qualified, well respected, compassionate, dedicated mental health counselor with over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector, hospital, and private practice settings.  As a result, Byalinah possesses a wealth of personal, professional, and academic knowledge. 

Byalinah provides telehealth sessions to teens, individuals, groups, and families.  Byalinah’s style is down-to-earth and direct, yet compassionate and caring.  She enjoys using humor to ease tension and build a rapport with her clients. Byalinah uses a holistic collaborative approach to care focusing on building resilience using multiple treatment approaches to include active listening, empathy, and unconditional positive regard.

Byalinah has experience working with anxiety, depression, anger management, family conflict, behavioral issues, emotional regulation, codependency, coping skills, emotional disturbance, family conflict, parenting therapy, major life changes, psychosis, phobias, grief, trauma, PTSD, EMDR, hypnotherapy, impulse control disorders, marital and premarital, military, mood disorders, and  LGBTQ+, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), relationship issues, school issues, self esteem, stress, life changes, independent living skills, crisis management, bipolar and related disorders.

In her free time, Bylinah enjoys spending time with her close family and friends.  She loves cooking and experiencing new foods, creating art, reading and loves being outdoors by any type of water. 

Insurance Accepted

We work with self-pay and many insurance plans. Please ask about your insurance carrier when you contact us to make an initial appointment. We accept most Blue Cross Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross plans, as well as Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United Health Care, and Optum. 

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