About the Therapists

Merlene Blair-Brown, RN, LCMFT


A licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Owings Mills, Maryland, Merlene-Blair-Brown specializes with individuals ages two through a hundred-and-two.  Merlene is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), and is also licensed by the Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).  Merlene works as an Adjunct Supervisor in the Family Science Department in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In sessions at the THUSONG, Ms.Blair-Brown provides Marriage Counseling, Couples Family, Child and Individual Therapy. Merlene has several years of experience dealing with marital issues, anger problems, depression and stress. Through the use of varied therapeutic techniques, Merlene encourages clients to build bridges; tear down communication barriers and begin on the road to wholeness with deeper levels of self-realization and harness the strengths and resources within the client to meet their goals.

Harness the strengths and resources within the client to meet their goals

Empower and support the client as they make changes to improve their lives

Let the client learn new ways to achieve personal growth

Pack enough information to encourage continued growth after therapy has ended

Enhance the client’s knowledge base with updated research findings

Repair broken relationships.

Jackie E. Blair, M.Ed, LCMFT
Both the laughter and the tears of life present opportunities to see the strength within ourselves while understanding the connectedness we share with others. During life’s challenges, a professional perspective in the safety of a therapeutic relationship can help you make the positive change and renewal you are seeking. Therapy is a great place to develop insight, resolve struggles, and enhance the quality of your relationships. 
 
I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with prior experience in child development, teen issues and parenting skills. I have certification in adoption-competency as well as training in play therapy and loss/trauma. As an associate at The Thusong-Place of Help, I offer caring psychotherapy for adults, couples, children and families. Clinical focus is on the individual and broadens to include the role of primary relationships such as spouse, sibling, child, and/or parent. Goals are specific, attainable and concerned with long-term well-being.
 
I strive to collaboratively help clients resolve what may at first seem unreasonable, drawing from therapeutic orientations including cognitive-behavioral, strategic, strength-based, and systems theories.
 
Ebony S. Okafor, Ph.D., LGMFT

Throughout life we may experience numerous challenges, obstacles and difficulties. It is during those times that having a safe place to process and arrive stronger on the other side is needed. I aim to help clients create that safe place when they have identified that the issue has become too large to handle on their own.

I seek to create a judgement free space therapeutic relationship focused on healing and personal growth through an exploration of psychological, emotional, interpersonal issues that may hinder life for a client. I focus on working with those who may need guidance to repair communication within relationships, self-esteem, depression, couple difficulties or enhancement through pre-marital preparation and goal setting.

I am a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist and a pre-clinical member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I work with individuals, couples and families with a focus on adolescent issues. I operate from a strengths-based perspective, recognizing the inherent strengths that lie within the client while also acknowledging the societal and environmental realities that may influence the issues faced by clients. I also draw on techniques from Cognitive behavioral and emotion-focused where congruence between thoughts, behaviors and emotions are explored in relation to what has caused or allowed for the issue to continue for the client.